The first competition of the season 2019/2020 of FIS Ski Jumping World Cup will take place this weekend in Wisła, southern Poland.
On Friday, the Adam Małysz Hill in Wisła will host the qualifying session of the competition, then on Saturday there will be a team contest held and finally, the individual competition is scheduled for Sunday.
Michal Doležal, the Czech coach of the Polish team, said that Poles are ready for the new season.
“We dealt with technical and physical issues... We are heading in a good direction,” he said.
One of the novelties in the equipment of the Polish team will be new shoes, which – according to the Mr Doležal – may help Poles jump a few meters more.
The shoes are produced by a Polish company Nagaba, which started cooperation with the Polish Skiing Association (PZN) last year.
The fact of using other shoes than the majority of teams became a point of interest in other countries. An Austrian newspaper “Kurier” wrote that “Poles seem to be a step ahead of their rivals.”
Opening the season in Wisła became a tradition of the ski jumping World Cup. In 2018, the winner of the individual competition on this hill was Evgeny Klimov of Russia, which was the first-ever victory of a Russian jumper.
The holder of the title of the World Cup champion is Ryoyu Kobayashi of Japan, while Poland was the winner of the Nations Cup last season.
The qualifying session of the individual contest will commence on Friday at 6 pm local time. The start of the team competition is scheduled for 4 pm on Saturday, while the individual – 11.30 am on Sunday.