„I think I really am the team’s unlucky fellow!“
TUESDAY TALK: Adam Cieslar (POL)
To say that Poland’s Adam Cieslar has had his brushes with bad luck is probably an understatement. After being slowed down by a collarbone fracture during the last summer, the 21-year-old from Istebna sustained the same injury this year - and even in the same way! For TUESDAY TALK, he reflects on his bad luck, his eventful last season and the situation of Nordic Combined in Poland.
The most important question first: how are you doing after your training accident at Spala? What happened and when will you be able to get fully back into training?
Adam Cieslar: I had a fall during training on the mountain bike and broke my collarbone. Exactly the same thing that happened to me last year. But slowly, everything is returning to normal right now. I am starting to train normally and I will return to the hills this month.
As you mentioned, you already broke your collarbone last year. Are you the team’s unlucky fellow?
Cieslar: I think so! (laughs) I was also plagued with knee problems before and now this second time with my clavicle!
But back to happy memories: you represented your country at the Olympics in Sochi in the last season as the only Polish Nordic Combined athlete. How was the experience?
Cieslar: I am so glad I was able to take part in the Olympics! It was a great experience. Though I wasn’t totally pleased with the my results, I have to admit. I expected more from myself.
One thing you probably were quite satisfied with was the Universiade in Trentino where you achieved two victories and one second place in the individual competitions and the team event. A perfect weekend for you?
Cieslar: Coming there, I was hoping for one medal and I went home with three of them! For me, it was such a happy moment, it really gave me a boost of confidence and motivation for training!
Andrzej Gasienica, one of your teammates, left for special jumping before this season. How keenly do you feel his loss in the team?
Cieslar: Andrzej has been in between Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping for some time and now decided to just do it and and try to find success in jumping. It is certainly a loss because he was one of the best in our team. I do wish him all the best in ski jumping!
Would you still say that Nordic Combined in general is on the rise in Poland?
Cieslar: In Poland, there are not so many athletes who want to train for Nordic Combined, it’s rather that sports like ski jumping are on a very high level in our country. The combination of two disciplines is a big job and requires a lot of work. But I think that we’re beginning to grow and when we’re able to show some good results, it will continue to grow, step by step.
What are your goals for the upcoming summer and winter?
Cieslar: I will take it a bit easy until August due to my injury and not take part in any competitions over the summer. I will prepare, of course, but rather not make very concrete plans as of now. In winter, the main event for me will be the World Championships in Falun. I have set myself a goal of claiming a place in the Top 30.