Olympics 2010: GOLD MEDAL FOR POLAND! Plus, another bronze!
February 28, 2010
Poland’s cross-country phenom, Justyna Kowalczyk, has added a gold medal to her silver and bronze this Olympics, this time in the grueling 30 km mass-start classic! She is the second person in Poland’s history to win a gold medal in a winter Olympics- the first was Wojciech Fortuna who won gold in 1972 for ski jumping. Huge deal over here!!
Norway’s Marit Bjoergen put up a good fight ’til the very end, but lost in a nail-biting finish. Kowalczyk pushed ahead in the last 5 meters, winning by the length of a ski, or .3 seconds. Her finish time was 1 hour, 33 minutes and .27 seconds. Aino Kaisa Saarinen of Finland won bronze.
And, in an unexpected finish, the Polish women’s speed skating team won bronze in the 3000m relay in Vancouver! Katarzyna Bachleda-Curuś, Katarzyna Woźniak and Luiza Zlołtkowska finished ahead of the American team to win the medal. Germany won gold in the event, and Japan took the silver.
Kowalczyk’s gold and the speed skaters’ bronze have brought Poland’s medal count up to 6 for this Olympics and the overall total up to 14!