Łukasz Łukaszczyk won the bronze medal at the Youth Winter Games. Adam Małysz is happy with his success, but he cautions. He says what is the biggest problem for juniors.
While Polish jumpers are fighting hard to return to their former form, information about Łukasz Łukaszczyk’s success circulated in the Polish media on Saturday. The young jumper won the bronze medal at the Youth Winter Olympics in Gangwon, Korea.
Adam Małysz talks about the problem of juniors
Łukaszczyk was the favorite to win. He probably would have won gold if he hadn’t fallen in the second round. The low score meant that he dropped from first place to third place. Nevertheless, it is a great success, as recently ski jumping, including junior ski jumping, has not provided the Polish Ski Association or the fans with much reason to be satisfied.
Adam Małysz, president of the federation, is moderately satisfied with Łukaszczyk’s success. On the one hand, he is happy with the junior’s success, but on the other, he is perfectly aware of what a big leap it is to compete among adults. In an interview with Przegląd Sportowy Onet, the legendary jumper said that although each competitor is different, a common situation is that they are stressed during competitions.
– Each of these players is different, each has a different approach and even if the coach did miracles, everything depends primarily on the jumper. We noticed that the players had a big mental problem. During training, everything seems to be working, but when the competition comes, no one can explain what is happening. This may be because they simply need to gain experience, Małysz said.
Łukasz Łukaszczyk is a bronze Olympic medalist in ski jumping
Łukaszczyk’s medal is the second medal for Poland in the history of competition at the Youth Winter Olympics. Four years ago, Marcin Zawół won gold in biathlon. Five Poles also have YOG medals, but they obtained them while being part of international teams or relays.