A nice invitation to the Skiflying Championships send Roman Koudelka by reaching rank 4 at the Worldcup in Trondheim. On the Large Hill he was leading unexpected after the first round.
"It is fantastic and I feel much respect for him. From mid October until December this was not forseeable. Until December he just had about 10 Training jumps. It is amazing to see that with that minimum of Training he can present all this" says David Jiroutek. He was going through a lot of tests and no one knew what is wrong exactly and how the treatment should look like and I know that this three month of suspense were hard for him. Roman is a man who did a lost in the past, he is hungry for this and optimistic. That has not changed" thinks Jiroutek.
In Trondheim he reached his best result this season so far. With 137m he was in the leading position after the first round. With 125,5m in the second one he fall back on rank four. "Sure it is pity but it is always like that when it is not the first rank but I says this with respect and do not want to overstate. After the first round it started to rain and that no only destroyed the inrun a little bit" commented Jiroutek.
The Team is looking forward to the Championships and the mood is good. "Unfortuantely Kuba is having 39°C fever. He came to the hill half an hour before the start - more or less directly out of bed. It was his decision and he said he wants to try. Nevertheless we all are looking forward to Harrachov" tells Jiroutek.
Antonin Hajek and Jan Matura finished on rank 14 and 15. Winner was Anders Bardal from Norway.
Dear spectators, the Organising Committee would like to warn you that 58 tickets to the World Championships in Harrachov were stolen at the end of February. Eventim, who are mediating the sale of tickets, have blocked these tickets!
We would like to hereby inform you that you will not be permitted entry to adidas arena harrachov with these tickets. We recommend you check any tickets you buy.
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Second best result for Jakub Janda with rank seven in Kuopio. Victory again for Kamil Stoch.
Jakub Janda and the hill in Kuopio - they like each other. Due to bad weather the Qualification on Monday was cancelled. In the first round he jumped 122 on the next day.
In the second round he jumped a little bit further. In this Olympic Season is his second best result. Only in Engelberg in December he was better with rank five. "Kuba jumped good in Lahti. It is necessary to save engergy and to act fast. Here Kuba won the summer competition of the COC and is good here again today" commented David Jiroutek the rank of Janda. Next week he can score again in Harrachov.
All six survived the Qualification but not all of them the second round. Cestmir Kozisek was out on rank 34, Lukas Hlava on rank 43. Solid results for Jan Matura (19.), Roman Koudelka (20.) and Antonin Hajek (26.).
"The performences of the guys were good but we had less luck with the wind who came from the back in the second round. Nevertheless the result was positive for their mind."
King o Kuopio was Kamil Stoch. The double winner of Sochi made two jumps on 126,5m.
The Organisation Team want to make sure that for the Championship everything goes well. In cas of problems with less snow they will use a special technology from Germany to keep the hill in good conditions.
Technicians came on Monday 3rd. It will be a mixture of classic and artificial snow. Due to warm weather there won´t be problems for that mixture. Last preparations will be on 8. and 9. March so that everything is ready on 11. March in the evening.
There are just under two weeks until the start of this year’s most anticipated sports event. The Ski Flying World Championships will showcase the absolute best in jumping, headed up by double Olympic champion, Kamil Stoch.
The Czech team will be coming up against the toughest of competitors. Jumping on Harrachov’s ski flying hill will be stars such as Austrian, Gregor Schlierenzauer, and Norwegian, Anders Bardal. But the meanest of adversaries may well be, as in the past, the weather. ‘We’d be ready to do the events right now. But nobody knows what it’s going to look like in a fortnight. We’re spraying the slopes with snow, but naturally it’s melting. The conditions aren’t great, and high temperatures mean it’s difficult to maintain the current conditions,’ admits President of the Organizing Committee, Rostislav Jozífek.
As such, organizers have come up with a unique solution. ‘We’ve come to an agreement with a specialist German company who will be bringing a completely different technology to the nitrogen we have used in the past. Although we used this three years ago, it would be difficult logistically to use it now, and it would be extremely costly. As such, we’re using technology based on scraping snow from ice. Crushed ice production will be relatively little – some forty cubic metres per day – but it will be undertaken for nine whole days, and that should cover our backs,’ explains Jozífek, adding that the special technology allows snow to be made at temperatures of up to 35°C.
There will be a packed competition programme. Thursday will be for qualifications, Friday and Saturday will involve the most prestigious individual competition, and Sunday will be devoted to the team competition. There is already huge interest in tickets, and according to Jozífek visitors shouldn’t delay in buying them.
‘I’d definitely recommend purchasing advance tickets, where for the most attractive day, Saturday, we have about seven thousand tickets, with an arena capacity of fifteen. There is usually great interest from Polish fans, and we expect more than ten thousand of them, especially with Kamil Stoch winning two gold medals in the Olympics in Sochi. A large proportion of these fans are used to coming very early in the morning and buying tickets at the office. If advance ticket sales reach around ten thousand, and we expect this to happen, there will be relatively few tickets left, and these will most likely be purchased by Polish fans. As such, anyone arriving in Harrachov around noon may well be unable to purchase any tickets,’ warns Jozífek.
This means that only spectators who purchase their ticket in advance for the single price of 500 CZK on the website www.harrachov2014.cz will be assured of seeing this wonderful spectacle for themselves. ‘VIP tickets are now sold out; we recommend keeping up-to-date with our website, where any tickets which anyone relinquishes may reappear for advance purchase,’ adds Jozífek.
The four-day sports celebration in Harrachov will be complemented by an attractive accompanying programme full of music, light shows and technologies unprecedented in the Czech Republic. Read more on our website.