With just one day to go till the start of the new season, spirits are high and people are on their way to Ruka. Safe trip everyone and have fun!
This year is going to be quite different. Adam Malysz will be greatly missed. He has been a constant presence for so many years and one of the most beloved and successful jumpers in history. He was also brave enough to retire while he was still in glory. We can not say the same about Janne Ahonen, but we can not deny he was also one of the jumpers that was much loved and left his mark in the history of the sport. In the end, we have to face the fact that two ski-jumping legends have retired.
As we all know, Anders Jacobsen has given up jumping and, if I understood correctly, he is currently working for a sports television network in Norway. He is not the only loss in the Norwegian team. Mika Kojonkoski has retired from coaching and is now an active politician in Kuopio.
The saddest loss this year is without doubt Pavel Karelin. He was very promising and his results showed much improvement in the last season. He finished 8th in the Summer GP. On October 9th he died in a car accident. May he rest in peace!
We can only put our hopes in the younger jumpers, wait and see who will pose a challenge for the amazing Thomas Morgenstern and enjoy these incredible four months of ski jumping magic ;)