With three gold medals in total after Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018, Polish ski jumper Kamil Stoch is his country’s most decorated Winter Olympian of all time. Hitting his very best form at the age of 30, he completed a clean sweep in the Four Hills Tournament in January 2018 and then followed up by winning his third Olympic gold and the overall World Cup title at the season’s end.
Kamil Stoch was born and brought up in Zakopane, a well-known ski resort in southern Poland, tucked away in the heart of the Tatra Mountains. The young Pole has a special relationship with his home hill, the venue for his World Cup debut as a 16-year-old in January 2004, and also the site of his first win seven years later. Cheered on by over 45,000 fans on each occasion, Stoch also tasted victory at Zakopane in 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018 − a year in which he also helped Poland claim a team win on his favourite hill.
After making little impact at his first two Olympic appearances at Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010, Stoch upped his game in 2011, playing an increasingly prominent role in the FIS World Cup before pulling out jumps of 131.5m and 130m to win the individual large hill world title at Val di Fiemme (ITA) in February 2013. “My life isn’t going to change,” he said modestly after being chaired off the hill in triumph. “I’ve finally reached a goal and achieved one of my dreams. It’s great to have done that.”
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