Polish ski jumpers in fine form as Olympics near
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland’s Dawid Kubacki placed third and teammate Kamil Stoch finished fourth at a ski jumping World Cup event on Saturday.
Poland's Dawid Kubacki in action during a trial round of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Willingen, Germany. Photo: EPA/RONALD WITTEK Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
The competition in Willingen, Germany, was held less than a week before the February 9 kick-off of the winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and showed Poland's top ski jumpers in fine form, commentators said.
Daniel-Andre Tande of Norway won Saturday’s competition, ahead of home favourite Richard Freitag.
Poland’s Stoch, a double Olympic champion, just missed a place on the podium after a slightly disappointing second jump, even though he was leading the pack halfway through the competition.
Other Poles also did well in Willingen on Saturday, leaving fans hopeful ahead of the approaching Olympics.
Stefan Hula was sixth, Piotr Żyła placed 14th, Maciej Kot was 21st, and Jakub Wolny was 23rd.
Kubacki’s third-place finish marked his second World Cup podium ever. He previously claimed third spot at an event in Oberstdorf, Germany, in late December.
Stoch, a two-time Sochi Winter Olympics champion and the winner of the prestigious Four Hills Tournament, is second in this season’s World Cup standings, behind Germany’s Freitag.
The next ski jumping World Cup competition, the last before the Olympics, takes place in Willingen on Sunday.
Source: TVP 1, PAP