Koudelka and Kozisek win, Borek Sedlak makes final jump

24 June 2014 09:03
Jan Matura and his teammates signing autographs in Lomnice
Jan Matura and his teammates signing autographs in Lomnice -
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The Czech ski jumpers started their summer season with a special event in Lomnice nad Popelkou, the home town of Roman Koudelka and Cestmir Kozisek.

And the two local heroes shared the win on their home hill with 144.5 points. Roman Koudelka showed jumps on 68 m and 76.5 m, Cestmir Kozisek landed at 70.5 m and 74 m. The third place went to nordic combined athlete Tomas Portyk (68 m and 73 m; 141.5 points) and Lukas Hlava (69.5 m and 72 m; 141.5 points). Barbora Blazkova was the best of the ladies and finished 20th (61 m and 60 m).

"The goal here was to have fun. I enjoyed it, but I was also nervous because the people were expecting long jumps", said Roman Koudelka. His teammate Cestmir Kozisek was a bit more relaxed: "It's always cool here. The point is to entertain the audience and ourselves. It's not a competition, it's fun."

Final jump of Borek Sedlak

Besides an autograph signing between the two rounds, the farewell jump of Borek Sedlak was another highlight of this event. The 33-year-old, who announced his retirement after last season, showed a final jump on 67 m. "I appreciate this event. There were a lot of spectators and people from the ski jumping community and they made it a really nice ending of my career. Thanks a lot for that. It crossed my mind, that it is my last jump. But things are always coming to an end in life. I'm okay with that and now I'm looking foward to new things."

 

3rd Jiri Raska Memorial

The 3rd memorial event for Czech ski jumping legend Jiri Raska will be held in Frenstat pod Radhostem late August, this time as part of the Continental Cup.

30 years after Pavel Ploc won the bronze medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo 1984, not only the Czech was invited to this event by the organizers, but also the winners of the Gold and Silver medals back then, Jens Weissflog and Matti Nykaenen.

 

Schedule Jiri Raska Memorial

Friday, August 29th, 2014

9:00 - 12:00: Official Training  - Ladies and Men

12:30: Trial Round - Ladies and Men

14:00: Competition - Ladies and Men

20:00: Presentation of the participants and victory ceremony in the city center of Frenstat 

 

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

11:30: Trial Round

13:30: Opening ceremony of the Memorial

14:00: Competition - Ladies and Men

16:30: Music performance