Poland is one of 12 nations to have competed at every edition of the Olympic Winter Games.
Wojciech Fortuna won his country's first winter Olympic gold medal, in the large hill individual ski jumping event at the 1972 Sapporo Games. Thirty years later in Salt Lake City, Adam Malysz was favoured to repeat this performance. However, in one of the most surprising results of the Games, Malysz was upset by youngster Simon Ammann from Switzerland in both the normal and large hill events.
Eight years later in Vancouver, Poland could finally celebrate another Olympic gold medal. Cross-country skier Justyna Kowalczyk won the 30km race by 0.3 seconds, to ensure a Polish athlete would be on the top step of the podium for the first time since Fortuna 38 years earlier.
Title: Mazurek Dabrowskiego [Dabrowski's Mazurka]
Creators: Words by Jozef Wybicki.
Founding date: 1918
IOC recognition date: 1919
NOC president's name: Andrzej Krasnicki
NOC general secretary’s name: Adam Krzesinski
IOC member’s name: Irena Szewinska [entry in the IOC: 1998]
Participation in Olympic Games
Year of the first appearance: 1924Medals per sport
Number of appearances: 22 [Sochi included]
Medals per year
-: Medals for the Figure Skating and Ice Hockey events at the 1908 and 1920 Olympic Summer Games have been included in the tables