Saturday, February 13, 2010

Poland’s Olympic Tradition

Poland is one of 12 countries to have participated in every Olympic Winter Games since 1924. It has won eight medals (one gold, three silver, four bronze).

Wojciech Fortuna won the country's only gold, using a spectacular first jump to clinch the ski jumping large hill title in Sapporo 1972.

Franciszek Gasienica-Gron won the country's first medal, claiming the bronze in Nordic combined in Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956.

The introduction of women's speed skating in 1960 allowed 1500m competitors Elwira Seroczynska (silver) and Helena Pilejczyk (bronze) to become the first and only women to win medals for Poland.

Ski jumper Adam Malysz won both of Poland's medals in 2002 (one silver, one bronze).

In 2006, biathlete Tomasz Sikora took silver in the 15km and cross-country skier Justyna Kowalczyk took bronze in the women's 30km event.