Expected final end of ski jumping in Karpacz
Polish Karpacz in Lower Siliesia was until recently one of the most important ski jumping centres in all Poland, but now there are no running ski jumping hills here. City autorithies don't want to support this kind of sport, ski jumping section was closed and from the season 2009/2010 there wasn't any competition so the jump of Junior WSC 2001 is dilapidating.
It is presumably final end of ski jumping activity in beautiful situated mountain city Karpacz. The last competition on biggest hill in this city - "Orlinek K85" took place in the season 2009/2010. In recent season Jacek Włodyga (member of the Polish Ski Association and Governor of Jelenia Góra) made efforts to organize in Karpacz even the lowest rank ski jumping competition on Orlinek hill. But city authorities said "no", as explain Mayor of Karpacz Bogdan Malinowski, because preparing of the ski jump would cost about 135.000 zł (34.180 Euro) and also soil works on demaged landing hill are indispensable.
Moreover, ski jumping section of local ski club is defunct, because eager jumpers from Karpacz had to go to Harrachov in Czech Republic to perform ski jumps. Nearest ski jumping club now is located in Lubawka - Luks Ski Lubawka, but consists of only 9 active jumpers.
Second ski jumping hill, if it is possible to define it as a ski jump, is Karpatka ski jump, which is located directly in the city centre. It was place of interest for some years but, now looks terrible bad and it is impossible for people to jump on it. But the jump is still said to be easily possible to reconstruct for little money and some effort. Interest in ski jumping at all haven't decreased in spite of fact that polish ski jumping hero Adam Małysz retired.
City authorities admitted that investment in conversion of Orlinek ski jump wasn't necessary and it was a waste of money as well. But how to say that the ski jump isn't paying for itself, if it is still closed and there is no competitions on it. Over the years after Junior WSC in 2001 there haven't been much attractive competitions on the hill, but not because of lack of opportunities, but rather lack of authorities' willingness to back that.
It seems that people conected with ski jumping can light a candle in honor of the memory of this ski jumping city. Another waste of money and waste of chance for the next jumping masters. Like always there is still a little chance that active members will change their mind, otherwise the only one opportunity to see this jump will be during the Tour de Pologne.
Ski Jumps:Karpacz (Orlinek)