Adam Małysz

Multiple Olympic medallist and the most successful ski-jumper in the history of individual competitions. After concluding his ski-jumping career, he switched to rally racing. He won the title of international champion of Poland and the Czech Republic in 2012, and appeared twice in the Dakar Rally.

Four-time Olympic medallist (silver in the large hill event and bronze in the normal hill event at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games; silver in the large hill event and silver in the normal hill event at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games), four-time world champion (in the 2001 normal hill competition at Finland’s Lahti, in the 2003 normal and large hill competitions at Italy’s Val di Fiemme, and in the 2007 normal hill competition at Japan’s Sapporo), four-time World Cup winner (three times in a row―in 2000/01, 2001/02 and 2002/03―and in 2006/07), and winner of the Four Hills Tournament.

Adam Małysz

In 1995-2011, the “Eagle from Wisla” or the “Polish Flying Object,” took part in a total of 349 World Cup events, scoring 13.070 points and lying in one of the first ten places 198 times.

The most recognised Polish ski-jumper set off the so-called “Małyszomania,” an intense fan frenzy directed towards himself and his discipline, which lasted for over a decade in Poland. It is thanks to Adam Małysz that ski-jumping grew to be a national sport gathering millions in front of the TV.

When Adam Małysz concluded his ski-jumping career in 2011, Poles grew or glued on false moustache to make themselves similar to the athlete in appreciation of his success.

Adam Małysz was decorated with the Officer’s Cross, the Commander’s Cross, and the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta.