The discipline Poles are the best at is ski jumping. In Polish, it is often referred to as “flying”. With a prominent team of young athletes, chances are high for hearing the nation’s anthem after the competition ends, just like it happened in 2014, when Kamil Stoch became a double Olympic champion in Sochi. This year, he is already ahead of many of the world’s best ski jumpers. In the first World Cup of the season, which was held in Oberstdorf, Germany, Stoch placed second, thus winning a silver medal. Other Polish skiers were not far apart and placed third in a team competition.
Even though the ski jumpers seem to be in perfect shape, not all Polish competitors are doing as good. Last Olympics’ gold medalist in cross-country skiing and one of the country’s most popular athletes, Justyna Kowalczyk, placed 35th in short distance, and – much higher but still out of her capabilities – 8th in long distance skiing during the most recent competition that she took part in. She is now preparing for the winter games with the rest of the team. Hopefully she will be able to get back to the shape she was in during the Olympics in 2014.
In the last winter games, held in Sochi, Poland won a total of six medals, four of which were gold. This gave the country the satisfactory, but not too impressive, 11th place. This year, the whole nation is hoping for more.
by Maria S.