Polish team gearing up for Kuusamo
For the first time till March of 2010, a Polish team will be starting in a World Cup team event when this year's winter season kicks off in Kuusamo in about five weeks time. The Polish focus is clearly set on the World Cup this winter, as head coach Jan Klimko said on skipol.pl.
"We give priority to the World Cup this year and the Universiade in Trentino will have the second most important position. We plan to send three athletes there but we also don't want to miss out on the World Cup in Ramsau and are planning to send two athletes there. The World Cup is important to reach the qualifying criteria for the Olympics."
After a lot of injuries in the last couple of months, most of Klimko's athletes are healthy now. Only Adam Cieslar who injured his knee earlier this year still does not have permission to start with the jumping training but Klimko expects him to make his first jumps when the team is back on snow.
At the moment, Klimko's team is preparing in Ramsau for a total of 10 days, before the first jumps on snow will be made in Rovaniemi where the hill is expected to be ready around the 9th of November. After that, the team will go directly to the World Cup Opening in Kuusamo.
Klimko is optimistic when it comes to his athletes' prospects: "I think the summer season showed us that we can fight. The boys had good results in jumping and also in roller-skiing. Szczepan Kupczak and Pawel Slowiok showed that they are able to reach a Top 30 result. It brought a lot of optimism to the staff. Of course, the winter is a different story. Kuusamo is known for the hardest and most difficult competitions of the season. It will not be easy."