SKI JUMPING Preview: Wisla hosts the men’s season opener

Poland has been one of the powers in ski jumping in recent season, including triple Olympic gold medalist Kamil Stoch. So why not start the 2018-19 season in Wisla on a high-quality 134 m hill in a special night event?

The top jumpers from 2017-18 are expected to contend again this season. The final World Cup standings showed:

1. 1,443 Kamil Stoch (POL) ~ 2013/14 and 2017/18 World Cup winner
2. 1,070 Richard Freitag (GER)
3. 985 Daniel-Andre Tande (NOR) ~ 2016/17 and 2017/18 World Cup bronze medalist
4. 881 Stefan Kraft (AUT) ~ 2016/17 World Cup winner
5. 840 Robert Johansson (NOR)

Germany’s Andreas Wellinger won the PyeongChang Normal Hill event and Stoch won the Large Hill competition (with Wellinger second). Norway’s Johann Andre Forfang won the Normal Hill silver and Robert Johansson – the man with the moustache – won bronze in both.

That doesn’t mean one of these stars will win. At Wisla last season, Japan’s Junshiro Kobayashi was the winner, ahead of Stoch and Kraft. But it was his only medal of the year …

A team competition is scheduled for Saturday and the individual jumping will come on Sunday. Look for results here.