I jump for joy the most, whenever I go to ski jumps that are bigger than those on which I jumped in the past. I still remember how happy I was when I jumped on the 120-m ski jump for the first time when I was fifteen. I am very excited and intrigued about the new ski jump. I hope I will quickly come to terms with it and that it will bring me a lot of success. In terms of future, I would definitely be jumping for joy if I ever found myself on top of the big flying hill.
I think the most I have ever jumped for joy was the moment when my dad allowed me and my brother to take on ski jumping – something we begged him to do for a long time. His decision made us really happy. Each season we have the pleasure of jumping on some new or renovated ski jumps. This year, we will be jumping on a new ski jump at home, which makes us even happier. I am sure this will contribute to even greater enthusiasm and to an even bigger number of fans. Personally, I hope that the new ski jump will also bring us some luck, since I feel it is high time that one of us (Slovenians) jumped on the podium also in Ljubno. In the future, I am looking forward to jumping on even bigger ski jumps, of course if we get the chance. And of course - to many victories ahead.
When the first great results came, I was jumping for joy for sure, since they give you that extra energy and enthusiasm for the future, when your behaviour is not really controlled but more spontaneous. This year, we will be greeted by a new ski jump, which is very positive for the town of Ljubno and the event as such. Personally, I hope the ski jump will allow me to jump better than the old one which was really demanding, which on the one hand is good, while on the other I feel that the new ski jump will give us even better possibilities of achieving great results. If they gave us a chance to prove ourselves on the big flying hill just once and if I managed to make a great jump on it, I believe I would be over the moon about it.
I was jumping for joy the most probably when I got my first pair of skis and a ski jumping suit, since at the start you come to the hill with alpine skis and a winter jacket, and they give you proper ski jumping gear after a week or two. Some see this season as a "dead one", since there are no big competitions. Nevertheless, we regard the 2015/2016 season as important, as our home ski jump is renovated. Ljubno has always been one of my favourite ski jumps, and I think it will remain that way, due to the amazing atmosphere. I am also very excited to try out the new ski jump which looks amazing in the photos. I am certain that it will definitely bring me luck! I would be really happy if I could jump on the big flying hill – something every female jumper strives towards. When my sports career comes to its end, I am eager to take on new life challenges, in terms of work and career.
EMA KLINEC (will not compete this year)
The first thing that sprang to mind was my first victory in the summer Grand Prix in Courchevel, and the feelings that erupt when you see number 1 next to your name on the scoreboard is truly amazing – I would say I was jumping for joy the most right at that moment. Actually, we (Slovenian female jumpers) are very happy to have – the same as guys have Planica – Ljubno, one ski jump in the entire season which we are always looking forward to, due to the great atmosphere and amazing fans. I will not yet be jumping on the Ljubno ski jump this year, but I am already looking forward to the coming seasons. One of my goals is also to compete in the Olympic Games which will surely make me jump for joy, when it comes to that.
STANE BALOH, head coach
I guess I was always jumping for joy on top of a ski jump, and the most when my kids were born. I also love jumping for joy when my girls are successful – something I would love to do also in Ljubno. This is my second year as the head coach of the Slovenian national team. Last year, we did not have much luck in Ljubno, and my assistant (Primož) told me that luck was not our biggest companion in the previous years as well. I hope that this year, with the new ski jump – something we were all eager to have – we will be able to show that we know how to jump. All we need is a little luck to see our jumper on the podium also in Ljubno. Let's wait and see on which step of the podium exactly. I put a wig on my head twice already and I hope I will do the same often. I put it on for our first victory last year in Lillehammer, then this year when Maja was on the podium for the first time (again in Lillehammer). Now I am eagerly waiting to put it on again. As I am a bit superstitious, I will tell you why I put a wig on my head, when my hidden wishes come true.
PRIMOŽ PETERKA, assistant to the coach
I am not sure if it was the first time, but when I got my first bicycle, I was definitely jumping for joy – with the bicycle as well as without. The new ski jump in Ljubno makes me jump for joy – and not just me or the entire Slovenian team – the new ski jump has the entire women’s ski jumping world jumping for joy. When I talked to other female jumpers on the tour, they all told me how much they are looking forward to test the new ski jump. I am hoping it will finally bring us what we have been waiting for over the last few years. We came really close to fulfilling our wishes once, but it did not exactly pan out, to no fault of our own. I really wish the new ski jump would bring us a place on the podium. If it happens this season, it would be amazing – a new ski jump and immediately a big success story of our ski jumpers. There are rumours that the ski jump will get laminated, which would make me jump for joy, since that would mean that Ljubno could host a competition of the highest level also in the summer. I really want that and I am sure I’ll be jumping for joy when it happens!