After Ga-Pa, this year’s Four Hills tournament win moved away from Dawid Kubacki and Piotr Żyła. However, it would be a disservice to grumble after Sunday’s competition, taking m. Given what happened last year.
PAP/EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA/Photo: David Kobacki
Let’s face it, we had a big appetite before the New Year’s competition in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. However, it could not be otherwise, given how the Poles jumped in Oberstdorf and, above all, what they did in the New Year’s Eve qualifications in Ga-Pa.
After Kobacki won the qualifying rounds and Halvor-Egner Granrod finished sixth, we had the right to expect that the World Cup leader would start a counterattack on New Year’s Day and make up for some losses to the Norwegian. However, Kubacki is not a machine. He can also make mistakes, as in the first series, when he didn’t make a perfect jump.
Thus, if he made two big attempts, it might not be enough for the Norwegian. Granerud has now looked like Kubacki since the start of the season, which means he’s out of touch with his rivals. He jumps very far in almost all conditions and is very close to winning the 4-Hills-Tournament Championship for the first time in his career.
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It is true that there may be disqualifications and change of circumstances in Innsbruck and Bischofshofen, but it seems that only the first factor can really hold the Norwegian back. In changing conditions, if not severe, Graneruda in the current form can also withstand long jumps and block the attack of Kubacki, Żyła and Laniska.
Even if the Norwegian wins the entire tournament and the competitions in Innsbruck and Bischofshofen along the way, Polish fans certainly have no reason to be sad. True, the fifth victory of our compatriot in the Four Hills Championship over the past seven years is very far away, but the white and red are again in the lead, fighting for two podium places in the entire championship, and above all. , they give great feelings.
If we feel sad after a less successful start to Ga-Pa than we expected, let’s open the results from a year ago on New Year’s Day. What will we find in them? 39th for Dawid Kubacki and 47th for Kamil Stoch. In turn, in the tournament, the best of the White and Reds, Piotr Żyła, ranked 22nd at the time. Now Żya is in third place, and Kubacki is still ahead of him for second place in the championship.
Is it heaven and earth? That is why let’s enjoy what we have from the start of this season – under the leadership of the new coach Thomas Thornbichler, the Polish jumpers are again on top and we can wait for each competition with justified faith that “ours” will play the leading roles in it.
So let’s appreciate the third place in the Kubacki New Year’s competition, the sixth place for Piotr Żyła, the ninth place for Kamil Stoch and let’s wait with positive emotions for the third competition of Four Hills 71 in Innsbruck on Tuesday, January 4 at 1:30 pm.
Szymon Łożyński, WP SportoweFakty
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