Paralympic Winter Games
7-16 March

Poland: 10 facts on the Sochi 2014 Paralympics

The cross-country skiing power house will head to Sochi with a strong team once again. 11 Feb 2014
Katarzyna Rogowiec

Katarzyna Rogowiec (POL) competes in the women's standing 15km free cross-country skiing race at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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• Poland has won 11 gold medals and 44 total medals in its Paralympic Winter Games history.

• Poland has won at least one medal at every Paralympic Winter Games since 1984.

• Cross-country skiing is by far Poland's most successful sport, with all 11 gold medals and 36 of the total medals coming in this sport.

• The remaining eight medals – all bronze – were won in alpine skiing (seven) and biathlon (one).

• Poland's best Paralympic Winter Games was in 1984, when the still-standing Polish record of three gold medals and 13 total medals at one Games were established.

• Poland's most successful winter Paralympian is Marcin Kos, who won four gold medals and seven total medals in cross-country skiing from 1988 to 1994.

• More recently, Katarzyna Rogowiec, who competes in both cross-country and biathlon, has been the biggest Polish name in winter Paralympic sports. At the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games she won two cross-country gold medals, and in 2011 she won six world championship medals in the two sports, including one cross-country skiing gold.

• At Vancouver 2010, Poland won only one medal – bronze to Rogowiec in the 15km cross-country skiing's freestyle standing.

• At the Paralympic Games, Poland has won 254 gold medals and 692 total medals, which rank ninth and eighth, respectively, among all NPCs.

• Follow the Polish Paralympic team on Facebook.


Alpine skiing

Michal KLOS



Andrzej SZCZESNY, Facebook



Wojciech TARABA

Nordic skiing

Kamil ROSIEK, Twitter: @KamilRosiek


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