MOSCOW, November 19. / Tass. Yevgeny Klimov was the first ski jumper in the history of Soviet and Russian sports to win the World Cup. It happened on Sunday in the Polish Vistula, where the winter season began in ski jumps.
For this beginning, Klimov addressed the status of Grand Prix general winner – the main tournament of the summer season, which is distinguished by the fact that athletes compete on trampolines with artificial turf. Let the status of these competitions not be so high – leading athletes do not usually play in the series stages and generally use them in preparation for the winter season – the achievement indicated a good readiness for a 24-year-old Russian. Especially when you consider that the first Russian ski jumpers did not achieve such a result.
In the Vistula, Klimov won the first qualifying, and two days later, on Sunday, he achieved a historic victory, showing the best result in both attempts.
"Thanks to the Polish fans who donated this atmosphere, I also want to thank the organizers for the excellent preparation of the trampoline," said Klimov, who is often laconic and stingy with his emotions in communicating with journalists.
For Klimov, this success is notable for the fact that he practiced ski jumping for only four years. The story of Klimov's transition from biathlon, which drew particular attention in the light of the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, is memorable.
At that time, a very young athlete defeated all competitors in ski biathlon on the trampoline, however, in the ski race, he fell from the first places to the last, which caused the leadership of the national federation to decide to transfer the athlete to jumps In addition, the other members of the jump team had virtually no chance of occupying high places in home games. This step did not produce immediate results, but it was then that the athlete's path began to peak today.
"This is not to say that the performance is unexpected for us, it is probably a big surprise for those who do not believe that summer is not different from winter," said Dmitry Dubrovsky, president of the Ski Jumping Federation and Russian biathlon.
"Summer Zhenya was the leader, and it is especially pleasing that he has once again proved that he is in good shape. I will say without great marks that there is satisfaction and joy, but there is still a long season ahead, including the main matches – Tour 4 "and the World Cup. I congratulate all lovers and experts for this historic victory, Zhenya is a good companion, "he added.
Before that, Klimov's best result was third place in Austria in the 2016/17 season. Earlier, Dmitry Vasilyev was the owner of the best achievements among the national champions, who came in second in the three-time stage and Pavel Karelin, who died tragically several years ago, who came second in the 2010/11 season.
50 years ago
There were no victories at the World Cup, even in the Soviet years, which were responsible for the main successes of the Russian ski jumpers. Vladimir Belousov – the only one who then managed to win the Olympic medal – and immediately gold in 1968 in Grenoble. He also has the title of world champion, since the world championship of the time was realized within the scope of the Games. Another Soviet world champion is Gary Napalkov, who won two gold medals in the 1970 tournament.
"50 years have passed and they do not live so long," he told Belousov, 72. "In Scandinavia, Poland and Japan, jumping is one of the most popular sports, not the biathlon, but the jump is collected by a hundred thousand people in the stands, sometimes people leave their jobs and watch the jumps . "
"And we do not know that there were Olympic champions in this sport, and it is not surprising that many people think that there is no such sport." Sometimes I talk about jumping, but I am clarifying: "Diving," I reply, "No, skis "And they ask me again:" And how is it, with a parachute? "He added.
It is from Klimov that now depends whether he will be able to revive the Russian ski jump. If he manages to stand on the leaders and regularly bring rewards to the team, it will also be possible for other young Russian athletes to reach the leader. Kojima was Vasiliev at the same time, continuing to compete in almost 39 years. In 2006 he was close to winning gold at the Turin Olympics where he was in the lead after the first jump but the second attempt failed, and he took only tenth place.
After this great success Vasiliev, who continues to pursue injuries, was not. Yes, and there really was no place to take turns: the sports schools disappeared and the trampoline complexes were obsolete or closed.
In recent years, the infrastructure situation has visibly improved, several modern ski jump centers have emerged in the country, such as in Tchaikovsky Perm Territory or Nizhny Tagil, which gives hope for the emergence of a new generation of talented jumpers.