More than 70 jumpers will start on Wielka Krokiew

More than 70 jumpers will start on Wielka Krokiew

AUTHOR: Sławomir Rykowski PUBLISHED AT: 11-01-2022
This weekend, January 14-16, 2022, 73 ski jumpers from 18 countries will compete in the FIS World Cup competition on Wielka Krokiew in Zakopane. The last time the hill named after Stanisław Marusarz had a comparably large cast in the highest rank competition was 14 years ago – in 2008 when 75 jumpers competed for World Cup points.

In Saturday's team competition, the cast will not be that impressive. Nine national teams will take part in the capital of the Polish Tatra Mountains - apart from the hosts, representatives of Austria, the Czech Republic, Japan, Kazakhstan, Germany, Norway, Russia, and Slovenia. The Swiss did not manage to put together a good team this season (Dominik Peter's knee injury). In addition to the representatives of the countries participating in the team competition, in Friday's qualification for the Sunday individual competition, we will also see representatives of Bulgaria, Estonia, Canada, South Korea, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the USA. 

The official line-up of individual teams will be announced soon, but the Austrian champion Stefan Kraft will certainly be one of the great absentees. Kamil Soch's start has not been confirmed yet, but there are many indications that we will see the three-time Olympic champion at Wielka Krokiew.

Poland will take advantage of the privilege of the organizer and will field the maximum possible number of additional competitors (six players). In total, 12 Poles will start at Wielka Krokiew. Apart from that, the Austrians, Germans, and Norwegians will present 7 competitors each, Japanese and Slovenians 6 competitors each. In Zakopane, we will also see 5 Russians, 4 representatives of the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan, three Swiss, 2 Romanians, Turks, Ukrainians, and Americans, and one Bulgar, Estonian, Canadian, and South Korean.