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Polish Olympic Team – Beijing 2022

The XXIV Olympic Winter Games will be held in Beijing on 4-20 February 2022. The Chinese capital is the first city in history to host both the summer and winter games. However, Beijing itself will host only the “ice” disciplines, while the “snow” disciplines will be held at two resorts located at a distance of approximately 160 km from the capital.

Poland first participated in the Winter Olympic Games as early as 1924, but it had to wait 32 years for its first medal, when Franciszek Gąsienica Groń won the bronze medal in Nordic combined in Cortina d’Ampezzo. The first Polish gold medallist of the Winter Olympic Games was the ski jumper, Wojciech Fortuna, who won the 1972 competition in Sapporo. It was ski jumping that became the most successful discipline for Polish sport in subsequent winter competitions. Olympic medals were won individually by Adam Małysz (three silver medals and one bronze) and Kamil Stoch (three gold medals) and in the team competition, when Stefan Hula, Maciej Kot, Dawid Kubacki and Kamil Stoch won the bronze medal.

The gold coin with the face value of 200 złoty issued by Narodowy Bank Polski features a silhouette of a male ski jumper surrounded by sparkling snowflakes. May this colour be a good omen for Polish competitors during the Games.

It was not only ski jumping that proved successful at the Olympics – let us not forget the outstanding cross- -country skier Justyna Kowalczyk and the achievements of speed skaters or biathletes. Before the Olympic Games in Beijing, we pin high hopes on Natalia Maliszewska, a short track skater. She started the Olympic season very successfully, among others, by winning the World Cup competitions in ... Beijing.

The obverse of the 10 złoty coin shows the image of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, which is one of the buildings in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, an image of the Eagle established as the state emblem of the Republic of Poland and the inscription “Rzeczpospolita Polska 2022”. The reverse features the silhouette of a female short track skater.

Henryk Urbaś
Polish Olympic Committee