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Support for Polish ski jumper Kubacki as wife battles for life

21.03.2023 15:30
Messages of support have poured in from around the world for Polish ski jumper Dawid Kubacki, whose wife is in hospital in a life-threatening condition, according to news reports.
Dawid Kubacki.
Dawid Kubacki.PAP/Grzegorz Momot

The outpouring of support was being led by Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, state news agency PAP reported on Tuesday.  

The president said in a tweet on Monday night: “We are all with Dawid Kubacki and his loved ones at this difficult time. We are sending good, kind thoughts, support and prayers for health to the entire family.”

Duda added: “Dear Dawid, you have been representing Poland and us for years, always and unfailingly. We are with you.”

The Polish prime minister also took to Twitter, thanking Kubacki for his "magnificent" performances this season and wishing him strength in the battle for the health of his family.

Morawiecki said on Monday night: “The biggest athletes are human, first and foremost. I thank Dawid Kubacki for a magnificent season and wish him much strength in the fight for the health of his loved ones.”

Meanwhile, Poland coach Thomas Thurnbichler said: “Sport is of secondary importance now. My thoughts and the thoughts of the whole team are with Dawid, his wife and the entire family.”

He added: “We are praying for them and sending the strength that they need now to ensure that everything ends well.”

The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) tweeted: “Dawid, our thoughts are with you. We wish all the best to you and Marta.”

FIS said further in an attached message: “Dawid, we are very saddened by the news regarding your wife, Marta. We all love watching your amazing effort and will to succeed, but family is always in the first place, no matter what competition takes place.”

The sports body added: “As ski jumping family, we strongly support you and send best wishes to Marta. We hope your privacy will be respected and kindly ask for that all the fans. Our thoughts are with you, Dawid and Marta. Stay strong.”

Kubacki’s rivals also expressed support, including Austria’s Stefan Kraft, who responded to the Polish ski jumper’s Instagram post, saying: “Our thoughts are with you. All the best.”

Germany’s Karl Geiger wrote: “All the best David for you and your family. I really hope everything is going well.”

Kubacki withdraws from Vikersund event as wife fights for life in hospital

On Sunday, the Polish Ski Federation (PZN) announced that Kubacki would not take part in the final leg of the FIS Raw Air tournament in Vikersund, Norway, “due to private reasons.” 

The 33-year-old explained his absence to fans on Monday, writing on Instagram: “I owe you some information. My wife Marta is in hospital for cardiological reasons. She is in bad condition and doctors are fighting for her life. She is in good hands. She is a strong girl. I know she will fight it.”

Kubacki added: “Of course that's the end of the season for me but it's not important now.” 

The Polish ski jumper currently sits second in the overall FIS 2022/2023 World Cup standings, with three individual events and two team contests to go until the end of the season, the PAP news agency reported.

Last Thursday, Kubacki, a former world champion, won an event in Lillehammer.

This year’s World Cup Crystal Globe will go to Norway’s Halvor Egner Granerud, who now has an unassailable lead, according to news outlets.   


Source: PAP, sportowefakty.wp.pl