Poland’s Men’s National Team Climbs Mount Rysy for World Cup Training

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 16th, 2018 | European volleyball, International Volleyball, News

Training for major tournaments often means hours in the gym doing drills and working on connections, but for Polish men’s national team head coach Vital Heynen, it also meant climbing the country’s highest peak, Mount Rysy.

Heynen climbed the peak twice without his team, before challenging others to get in on the action.

After his first ascent, Heynen noted: “The road to the summit was varied. The weather changed every moment, and the clouds caused that sometimes I have not seen at all where I am. The analogy of our way to the World Cup is obvious.”

After his second climb, he stated “Is there really no journalist or player who will take this challenge?”

His team immediately responded and promptly documented their journey on social media with Grzegorz Lomacz chiming in to say: “Climbed the highest mountain in Poland” with his teammates looking on.

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Rysy zdobyte 💪⛰ 2503 m.n.p.m. ~ Climbed the highest mountain in Poland – Rysy!!! ~ #gregorsypie #rysy #tatry #mountains #hiking #climbing #teampoland #teampolska

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Szczyt zdobyty! ⛰ #karda 🇵🇱 #naszlaku 👣 #Tatry ⛰ #tatrzańskieszlaki #czasnaselfie 📷

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Mount Rysy has three summits ranging from 2,503 meters (middle – 8212 feet), 2,499 meters (northwest – 8198 feet) and 2,473 meters (southeast – 8113 feet). The northwestern summit is the highest point of Poland, which the other two lie on the Slovak side of the border.

The FIVB Men’s World Championships are set for Sept. 9-30 in Italy and Bulgaria. The Polish men are in Pool D with Bulgaria, Iran, Cuba, Finland and Puerto Rico.

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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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