Vancouver 2010 – Poland’s best ever Winter Games
With six medals – one gold, three silver and two bronze – the 2010 games were the best ever for Poland’s Winter Olympics team.
The gold medal won yesterday by Nordic cross country ski champion Justyna Kowalczyk in the 30 km race is the second Olympic gold for Poland after a lapse of thirty eight years.
The first was won by the ski jumper Wojciech Fortuna in Sapporo in 1972.
Twenty seven-year-old Justyna Kowalczyk also took silver in the individual sprint and bronze in the 15-kilometer pursuit. On both occasions she was defeated by Marit Bjoergen of Norway. She took a revenge in the 30km cross country in classical format, after a photo-finish with Bjoergen.
With three medals to her credit, Kowalczyk is among the heroes of the Vancouver Games.
Four years ago, Kowalczyk won the Olympic bronze. She is now among the six Polish athletes with four Olympic medals to their account.
Ski jumper Adam Małysz, who won two silver medals after several lean years, is also one of the great names of the Vancouver Games.
While Malysz and Kowalczyk were among the favourities in their disciplines, the women’s speed-skating team was not expected to be in the race for the medal. Katarzyna Bachleda-Curus, Katarzyna Wozniak and Luiza Zlotkowska put up a wonderful performance in the 3000m relay winning the bronze medal.
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Poland: Olympic Tradition Has won 59 gold, 74 silver and 118 bronze medals for a total of 251, good for 15th-place on the all-time list. Nearly half of those medals have come in boxing, track and field and weightlifting (122). First competed in 1924. Was one of 14 nations to boycott the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.
After selling her 2004 gold medal for $80,000, Otylia Jerezejczak donated the proceeds to a children’s cancer hospital in Poland.
In Atlanta, Poland won 17 medals, its best medal total ever. Five of those medals were in Greco-Roman wrestling, where Poland topped the medal charts.
Won 14 medals in Sydney (six gold, five silver, three bronze). Four of its medals – all gold – came in track and field. Robert Korzeniowski successfully defended his men’s 50km walk Olympic title and also won the 20km walk.
At the Athens Games, Poland won 10 medals. Korzeniowski won the 50km walk for the third straight Olympics. Swimmer Otylia Jedrzejczak won three medals – gold in the 200m fly and silver in the 400m free and 100m fly. Poland also won a gold medal in men’s rowing – Tomasz Kucharski and Robert Sycz won their second straight Olympic title in lightweight double sculls.
Poland: Beijing Outlook Otylia Jedrzejczak is once again a multiple medal contender in women’s swimming. At the 2007 World Championships, she won silver in the 400m free and bronze in the 200m fly. Jedrzejczak is a compelling figure – she became a national hero in Poland with her multi-medal performance in Athens, and then after the Games auctioned off her medals, including her 200m fly gold, to benefit sick children.
By hitting two of the sport’s most difficult vaults, Leszek Blanik earned an individual berth in Beijing. Poland has a couple of medal contenders in the men’s distance events — Mateusz Sawrymowicz, who won the 1500m free at 2007 Worlds, and Przemyslaw Stanczyk.
On the track, Poland has medal contenders in both the men’s and women’s 400m hurdles – Marek Plawgo and Anna Jesien won bronze medals at 2007 Worlds. The Polish men also took bronze in the 4x400m relay.
Gymnast Leszek Blanik won gold on men’s vault at the 2007 World Championships to qualify for the Beijing Games, where he will again be a medal favorite. Blanik won bronze on vault at the Sydney Games.
Poland should contend for individual medals in flatwater, fencing, Greco-Roman wrestling, rowing, sailing and judo and team medals in men’s volleyball and handball.
Olympic Medials 2008 as of August 24th 2008
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