Winter Olympics: Polish ski jumpers take bronze in team competition
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish ski jumpers took the bronze in the men's team competition on Monday at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
The Polish ski jumping team. From right: Kamil Stoch, Dawid Kubacki, Stefan Hula and Maciej Kot. Photo: PAP/Grzegorz Momot
It was Poland’s second medal of the Games in South Korea and the first ever Olympic medal for the country’s ski jumpers as a team.
The Polish squad, comprising Maciej Kot, Stefan Hula, Dawid Kubacki and Kamil Stoch, finished 3.3 points behind silver medal-winners Germany. Norway took the gold.
Polish ski jumping star Stoch on Saturday won the men's Large Hill individual event, his country's first medal in South Korea.
Stoch is a two-time Sochi Winter Olympics champion. His Olympic medal from Monday's competition is his fourth.
Up until Saturday, Polish athletes had failed to impress, leaving fans jittery about the nation's chances of Olympic glory.
Ahead of the Games, Polish officials named ski jumping as Poland’s biggest chance of an Olympic medal in South Korea.
Poland's Sports and Tourism Minister Witold Bańka said that it was realistic to expect that Polish athletes would bring home two to three medals from Pyeongchang.
Poland won six medals, four gold, one silver and one bronze, during the previous winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, Poland's best Olympic Winter Games tally.
Four years earlier in Vancouver, Canada, Poland also scooped up six medals: one gold, three silver and two bronze.