How Kamil Stoch Managed to Become 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist?
Kamil Stoch is one of the best Polish ski jumpers at the moment. He is the winner of World Cup, World Championships, Winter Olympics and many other competitions. Kamil is the second ski jumper in history, after Sven Hannawald, who won the “grand slam” of all 4 competitions in a single Four Hills tournament.
Kamil Stoch was born on May 25, 1987, in Zakopane, Poland. He started to ski at the age of 3 and at 4, he already tried ski jumping. In the beginning of his career, the athlete trained in Nordic combined, but later decided to concentrate on ski jumping. In 2014 and 2017, Stoch was called Polish Sportspersonality of the Year. But let’s get to know more about his career achievements.
International Career Highlights
Kamil Stoch is 2-time silver medalist of Junior World Ski Championships in team events. He debuted at the senior level in 2005. In 2013, he became the individual world champion as well as gained a bronze medal in team event. In 2015, he earned one more team bronze medal. And at 2017 World Championships, Kamil became the world champion in team event.
The ski jumper debuted at the World Cup in 2004. In 2009, he rose to his first podium, winning a silver medal in team event. In 2011 Zakopane, he gained his first individual World Cup victory. In 2012/13 season, he was an overall bronze medalist.
In 2013/14, the athlete became an overall World Cup winner. In 2016/17 season, he was an overall silver medalist, being also a gold medalist at Four Hills Tournament, silver medalist at Raw Air and bronze medalist at Ski-Flying.
To the date, 2017/18 season at the World Cup was the best for the Polish ski jumper. He won the overall World Cup title, Four Hills Tournament, Raw Air, Willingen Five and Planica 7 as well as was a silver medalist at Ski-Flying. In total, at the World Cup events, he won 31 individual events and rose to the podium 57 times more.
Participating in Ski Flying World Championships, Stoch became a silver medalist in individual and a bronze medalist in team events. Besides, he is 6-time winner of the Continental Cup and 8-time winner of Grand Prix events.
Winter Olympic Games
Kamil Stoch debuted at the Olympic Games in 2006 Turin. He finished 16th in normal hill and 26th in large hill events. At 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, the ski jumper was 27th in normal hill and 14th in large hill events. He was also 5th and 6th in team events in 2006 and 2010.
2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi helped the athlete to show his best. He claimed two gold medals in normal and large hill events. In such a way, Stoch became only the third person in history, after Matti Nykanen in 1988 and Simon Ammann in 2002 and 2010, who won both individual events in single Olympics.
At 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, the athlete defended his large hill title, but finished 4th in normal hill. At the team event, he became a bronze medalist together with his teammates Maciej Kot, Stefan Hula and Dawid Kubacki.
In a nutshell, if we have a look at Kamil Stoch’s medals and titles, we will see that he has won all the most prestigious ski jumping competitions in the world. It proves that he is a really talented and hard-working athlete.