‘Tis the ‘ski-son’ to be jolly as Poland dominates in skiing world cup championships
Poland’s Karolina Riemen-Żerebecka has won the ski cross World Cup Sweden, while Piotr Żyła and Olympic champ Kamil Stoch took 2nd and 3rd place respectively in ski jumping in Switzerland.
The 30-year-old Riemen-Żerebecka, who had been in a medically-induced coma following a skiing accident a year and a half ago, fought back to sweep to victory in Sunday’s championships in Kåbdalis, Sweden.
Meanwhile, with the ski-jumping season in full swing in Engelberg, Switzerland, Żyła, soared twice to win second place in the ski jumping with Olympic champion Kamil Stoch coming third.
Former world and Olympic champion Adam Małysz posted on social media: “Bravo Piotrek, another podium! It is already the fourth this season, and the eighth in your career. A great start of the winter.
“It is a pity that our other representatives did not show everything they can do, but it’s nothing to complain about. They’re solid. Some make minor mistakes, some make small progress,” Małysz added.
Kazimierz Długopolski, another retired Olympic ski jumper said: "Stoch and Żyła have been doing very well since the beginning of this season, so it's safe to say that we have two leaders at the moment. Dawid Kubacki jumps unevenly, but last year as well he was not getting the same results all the time, and he was going up, so I think it will be the same this time as well, because undoubtedly has the form."
Currently Poland is leading the Nation’s Cup, beating second place Germany by 137 points.
The individual standings are dominated by this year’s 22-year-old sensation Ryoyu Kobayashi from Japan, yet Żyła and Stoch are close behind.
According to the International Ski Federation, the three not only dominate the podium but also amount of cash earned through competition bonuses.
Leading once again is Kobayashi with 64,600 CHF, while Żyła has earned 55,000CHF so far and Stoch 44,000 CHF.
The next destination for the Polish ski jumping team is the prestigious Four Hills Tournament, which last year’s winner Stoch will be looking to hold on to, from December 29th , 2018 to January 6th, 2019.