Thanks to Hicron for supporting a Polish skeletonist representing our country in the Europe Cup. An ambitious competitor from Świdnica dreams not only about the gold medal, but also about promoting skeleton in Poland. It’s a long journey that awaits him.
We decided to support him because we believe in innovation. Brave, out-of-the-box thinking is permanently etched onto our daily activities. We often take up challenges in business, hence, we feel an affinity with these pioneering individuals, whose belief and determination drive them on their own path – comments Ireneusz Czapski, Managing Partner in Hicron.
Skeleton resembles luge a lot. You practice it on the same ice tracks. The difference is in the position you take on the sled. I run prone, sled runners go supine. Skeleton entered into Poland in the 1950s and the 1960s. Sadly the sport was abandoned due to financial reasons, lack of tracks, but most importantly due to safety reasons – explains Rafał Gref – 24-year-old competitor.
Skeleton originates in Switzerland, from the so-called “cresta” competition, which involved sledding down a small hill. In the 1950s and the 1960s, cresta evolved into skeleton. It was practised exclusively in Switzerland for a number of years. 1988 witnessed the first Skeleton World Cup, and six years later it was included in the Winter Olympic programme.
What thrills me the most in skeleton is the speed – Rafał explains his fascination with the sport. Before I took up skeleton I practiced bobsledding, but the difference between the two is substantial. While you are running down you can go as fast as 130km/h. Skeleton, however, lets you experience that speed to a greater extent since your head faces the direction of sliding.
On 19th January, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, this year’s Europe Cup competition came to end. Rafał Gref ranked 47th.
I’m satisfied with the progress I made. It was my first season, which means I was learning on European tracks – Gref comments and adds: – my dream, as every sportsman’s, is to win the gold Olympic medal, but also to popularise this sport in Poland so that we can have our own artificial ice track.
We support this competitor in his passion while at the same time realising our own, including sporting ones. Hicron employees are very active: they run, cycle, play soccer and volleyball – Ireneusz Czapski adds.