Kamil Wictor Stoch is the toast of Poland this morning. The twenty-six year old Polish ski jumper won the gold medal in the men’s normal hill ski jumping last night. Poland’s first in the sport since 1972. Very impressive for a guy who began the day with a headache and fever. This morning my facebook feed is full of posts with the YouTube video of young Kamil (see below).
Born in Zakopane, the place where all of the Polish pilots go for their ski vacations, young Kamil was on skis at the tender age of three – taking his first jumps on hills he built with his friends one year later. He attended the School of Sports Championship in Zakopane and has a masters from the Academy of Physical Education in Krakow. His helmet last night was the red and white checkerboard, symbol of the Polish Air Force. According to the guys in Ed’s office, Kamil hasn’t served in the Polish Air Force but he has a family connect that dates back to the early days of military aviation.