Ski jumping: Bar set high for Polish rising star
PR dla Zagranicy
Seventeen-year-old Polish ski jumper Tomasz Pilch will make his debut at this season’s Four Hills Tournament, one of the sport’s most prestigious annual events, officials said on Thursday.
Polish ski jumpers Piotr Żyła and Kamil Stoch. Photo: Ailura, CC BY-SA 3.0 AT [CC BY-SA 3.0 at (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/at/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
Pilch is one of the biggest new names in Polish ski jumping this season and a nephew of Adam Małysz, a legend in the sport.
The teenager will join the national team for the Austrian leg of the Four Hills tournament, the Polish Ski Association (PZN) said.
Kamil Stoch, Piotr Żyła, Maciej Kot, Stefan Hula, Dawid Kubacki and Jakub Wolny will represent Poland during the German leg of the upcoming tournament, following a decision made by the team’s Austrian coach Stefan Horngacher.
Pilch is set to represent Poland at a competition in Innsbruck, Austria, while a decision on whether he will also compete in Bischofshofen, the last stage of the tournament, will be made later, officials said.
The Four Hills Tournament, which is part of the ski-jumping World Cup circuit, features a series of four competitions taking place in Germany and Austria every year.
The Innsbruck event will mark the first World Cup appearance for Pilch, who until now has taken part in lower-level Continental Cup competitions.
Before heading to Innsbruck, Pilch is scheduled to compete in a Continental Cup event in Engelberg, Switzerland on December 27-28.
The Polish teenager currently leads the Continental Cup standings after two wins and two seventh-place finishes.
The 66th Four Hills Tournament begins on December 30 in Oberstdorf, Germany. The next stop is Germany’s Garmisch-Partenkirchen on January 1. After that the series will move to Austria for events in Innsbruck on January 4 and Bischofshofen on January 6.
Poland’s double Olympic champion Kamil Stoch won last year’s Four Hills Tournament, ahead of his countryman Piotr Żyła and another Pole, Maciej Kot, in fourth place.