Polish ski-jumper takes gold in normal hill competition

Piotr Żyła became the fifth Polish ski-jumper to win the gold medal at the world championships. Grzegorz Momot/PAP

Poland's Piotr Żyła won the men's individual normal hill ski jump world title in Oberstdorf, Germany, on Saturday.

Dawid Kubacki, the defending champion and Żyła's teammate, placed fifth.

Żyła, the new normal hill world champion, received tributes from both the Polish president and prime minister after taking the gold medal.

President Andrzej Duda wrote on Twitter: "Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Congratulations and thank you! The power is with you! ;-)"

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also applauded Żyła on Twitter: "Huge congratulations to Piotr Żyła, who won the gold during the world championships in Oberstdorf today. A great round of applause for our Eagle and thanks for the great emotions!"

He went on to add, "You were on FIRE! … You give us a lot of joy in these difficult times!"

Piotr Żyła became the fifth Polish ski-jumper to win the gold medal at the world championships. Earlier, the feat was accomplished Adam Małysz (two titles in 2003 and one each in 2001 and 2007), Kamil Stoch (2013) and Dawid Kubacki (2019). Wojciech Fortuna, a former ski-jumper, won the Olympic Gold Medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo.