Adam Małysz

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Personal information
Full name Adam Henryk Małysz
Born (1977-12-03) 3 December 1977 (age 36)
Poland Wisła, Poland
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Professional information
Club KS Wisła Ustronianka
Skis Fischer
Personal best 230,5 m (Vikersund 2011)
World Cup
Seasons 1995–2011
Wins 39
Additional podiums 53
Total podiums 92
Overall titles 4
Updated on 13 February 2011.
Adam Małysz
2014 Dakar Rally
Debut season 2012
Championships Dakar Rally
Best finish 13 in 2014
Last updated on: 21 January 2014.

Adam Henryk Małysz [ˈadam ˈmawɨʂ] ( ) (born 3 December 1977 in Wisła, Poland) is a former Polish ski jumper. The most important of Małysz's successes are 4 individual Olympic Games medals (from Salt Lake City and Vancouver), 4 individual World Championships gold medals (all-time record), 4 individual World Cup titles (all-time record shared with Matti Nykänen), 39 individual competition wins and 92 podiums in total. He is one of the most successful ski jumpers in the history of the sport and currently a rally racing driver.

After concluding his ski-jumping career in 2011 he appeared in the Dakar Rally in 2012, 2013 and 2014 reaching 37,[1] 15[2] and 13[3] respectively.

Personal life[edit]

Adam Małysz was born in Wisła, Poland, to Ewa and Jan Małysz. He has an older sister – Iwona (born 1975). He graduated Vocational School in Ustroń, where he earned a profession (specialisation: tinsmith-roofer). He speaks German very well. On the 16 of June 1997 he married Izabella Polok (born 4 December 1978). The wedding took place at the Evangelical Church of St. Peter and Paul in the Wisła (Izabella is Catholic). On 31 October 1997 of the same year gave birth to their daughter – Karolina. His life motto is "Be good and just" and his idol is former German ski jumper Jens Weißflog. His religion is Lutheranism.[4]

On 1 April 2007 opened a gallery of trophies. It includes all the major medals and trophies, including Crystal Balls for victories in the World Cup. The gallery is located in the building of the Foundation Izabella and Adam Małysz in Wisła, Poland.

Career[edit]

Małysz's career began in 1995. For two consecutive seasons, he was moderately successful in the Ski Jumping World Cup (7th and 10th in the overall standings respectively). He re-emerged in the 2000/01 season when he won the Four Hills Tournament and the world championship in individual normal hill while finishing second in individual large hill. 2002 saw Małysz claim silver in individual large hill and bronze in individual normal hill at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games. In 2003, he won both world championships titles and added another Ski Jumping World Cup (his third). Four years later, in 2007, he surprised his competitors with a streak of wins at the end of the season, including the world championship and overtook the young Norwegian Anders Jacobsen in World Cup standings, achieving his fourth victory and equalling Matti Nykänen's record of winning the World Cup four times. At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Małysz took the silver in Normal Hill Individual Event and won another silver in the individual large hill.

His success contributed to his enormous popularity not only among ski jumping fans but throughout Poland as well. Most of all, he has won three World Cups in a row, which was an unprecedented achievement. In Poland, he still has thousands of supporters. Additionally, Małysz is the only five-time winner of the ski jumping event at the Holmenkollen ski festival (1996, 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2007). He earned the Holmenkollen medal in 2001 for his ski jumping victories (shared with Bente Skari and Thomas Alsgaard). On the last competition of the Zakopane weekend (Sunday 23 January 2011), he was injured and taken away from the hill with an ambulance. On the next weekend, after recovery, he was able to start in the next World Cup competitions. Małysz publicly announced the end of his career on 26 March 2011.

For his sporting achievements, he received the Order of Polonia Restituta:
Officer's Cross Officer's Cross (4th Class) in 2002
Commander's Cross Commander's Cross (3rd Class) in 2007
Commander's Cross with Star Commander's Cross with Star (2nd Class) in 2010.

World Cup[edit]

Season titles[edit]

Season Title
2000–01 Overall
Four Hills Tournament
Nordic Tournament
2001–02 Overall
2002–03 Overall
Nordic Tournament
2006–07 Overall
Nordic Tournament

Victories[edit]

Day Year Location Hill Point K HS Jump 1 Jump 2 Note (points)
1. 17 March 1996 Oslo Holmenkollbakken K-110 106,5 m 121,5 m 249.4
2. 18 January 1997 Sapporo Miyanomori K-90 89,5 m 93,0 m 239.0
3. 26 January 2001 Hakuba Stadium Hakuba K-120 121,0 m 125,5 m 246.7
4. 4 January 2001 Innsbruck Bergisel K-108 111,5 m 118,5 m 259.2
5. 5 January 2001 Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K-120 127,0 m 134,0 m 274.8
6. 13 January 2001 Harrachov Čerťák K-185 206,5 m 194,5 m 392,7
7. 14 January 2001 Harrachov Čerťák K-185 212,0 m 194,5 m 397.8
8. 20 January 2001 Park City Utah Olympic Park K-120 129,5 m 133,5 m 276.4
9. 27 January 2001 Sapporo Okurayama K-120 132,5 m 133,5 m 282.3
10. 28 January 2001 Sapporo Okurayama K-120 132,5 m 136,0 m 283.8
11. 4 February 2001 Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K-120 142,5 m 142,5 m 316.0
12. 7 March 2001 Falun Lugnet K-115 119,5 m 124,0 m 259.8
13. 9 March 2001 Trondheim Granåsen K-120 116,0 m 138,5 m 254.6
14. 11 March 2001 Oslo Holmenkollbakken K-115 124,5 m 134.1
15. 23 November 2001 Kuopio Puijo K-120 123,5 m 126,5 m 254.0
16. 1 December 2001 Titisee-Neustadt Hochfirstschanze K-120 138,5 m 136,0 m 297.6
17. 8 December 2001 Villach Alpenarena K-90 99,5 m 98,0 m 271.5
18. 16 December 2001 Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K-120 132,0 m 134,5 m 281.7
19. 21 December 2001 Predazzo Trampolino Dal Ben K-120 131,0 m 130,0 m 272.8
20. 22 December 2001 Predazzo Trampolino Dal Ben K-120 132,0 m 132,5 m 282.1
21. 20 January 2002 Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K-120 131.0 m 123,5 m 262.1
22. 9 March 2003 Oslo Holmenkollbakken K-115 124,5 m 133.6
23. 14 March 2003 Lahti Salpausselkä K-116 122,0 m 128,0 m 267.4
24. 15 March 2003 Lahti Salpausselkä K-116 129,5 m 132,0 m 289.6
25. 11 December 2004 Harrachov Čerťák K-125 HS-142 143,0 m 136,0 m 284.2
26. 16 January 2005 Tauplitz Kulm K-185 HS-200 207,0 m 209,5 m 412.3
27. 29 January 2005 Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K-120 HS-134 129,5 m 131,0 m 268.9
28. 30 February 2005 Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K-120 HS-134 132,0 m 132,0 m 278.2
29. 29 March 2006 Oslo Holmenkollbakken K-115 HS-128 130,5 m 124,5 m 279.0
30. 27 January 2007 Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K-120 HS-137 132,5 m 137,0 m 283.1
31. 3 February 2007 Titisee-Neustadt Hochfirstschanze K-125 HS-142 138,5 m 145,0 m 293.8
32. 4 February 2007 Titisee-Neustadt Hochfirstschanze K-125 HS-142 129,5 m 134,5 m 257.7
33. 11 March 2007 Lahti Salpausselkä K-116 HS-130 125,0 m 128,0 m 265.8
34. 13 March 2007 Kuopio Puijo K-120 HS-127 125,0 m 115,0 m 229.0
35. 17 March 2007 Oslo Holmenkollbakken K-115 HS-128 131,0 m 122,0 m 272.9
36. 23 March 2007 Planica Letalnica K-185 HS-215 208,5 m 221,5 m 423.5
37. 24 March 2007 Planica Letalnica K-185 HS-215 210,5 m 217,5 m 419.6
38. 25 March 2007 Planica Letalnica K-185 HS-215 220,0 m 215.0
39. 21 January 2011 Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K-120 HS-134 138,5 m 128,5 m 269.9

Total podia[edit]

Adam Małysz in 2006
  1. Iron Mountain – 18 February 1996 (2nd place)
  2. Lahti – 1 March 1996 (3rd place ex-aequo with Primož Peterka)
  3. Falun – 13 March 1996 (2nd place)
  4. Oslo/Holmenkollen – 17 March 1996 (1st place)
  5. Bischofshofen – 6 January 1997 (2nd place)
  6. Engelberg – 11 January 1997 (3rd place)
  7. Sapporo – 18 January 1997 (1st place)
  8. Hakuba – 26 January 1997 (1st place)
  9. Garmisch-Partenkirchen – 1 January 2001 (3rd place)
  10. Innsbruck – 4 January 2001 (1st place)
  11. Bischofshofen – 6 January 2001 (1st place)
  12. Harrachov (HS 205) – 13 January 2001 (1st place)
  13. Harrachov (HS 205) – 14 January 2001 (1st place)
  14. Salt Lake City – 20 January 2001 (1st place)
  15. Sapporo – 27 January 2001(1st place)
  16. Sapporo – 28 January 2001 (1st place)
  17. Willingen – 3 February 2001 (2nd place)
  18. Willingen – 4 February 2001 (1st place)
  19. Oberstdorf (HS 213) – 4 March 2001 (2nd place)
  20. Falun – 7 March 2001 (1st place)
  21. Trondheim/Granasen – 9 March 2001 (1st place)
  22. Oslo/Holmenkollen – 11 March 2001 (1st place)
  23. Kuopio – 23 November 2001 (1st place)
  24. Kuopio – 24 November 2001 (2nd place)
  25. Titisee-Neustadt – 1 December 2001 (1st place)
  26. Titisee-Neustadt – 2 December 2001 (2nd place)
  27. Villach – 8 December 2001 (1st place)
  28. Engelberg – 16 December 2001 (1st place)
  29. Val di Fiemme/Predazzo – 21 December 2001 (1st place)
  30. Val di Fiemme/Predazzo – 22 December 2001 (1st place)
  31. Garmisch-Partenkirchen – 1 January 2002 (3rd place)
  32. Innsbruck – 4 January 2002 (2nd place)
  33. Zakopane – 20 January 2002 (1st place)
  34. Lahti – 1 March 2002 (2nd place)
  35. Trondheim – 15 March 2002 (2nd place)
  36. Oslo/Holmenkollen – 17 March 2002 (3rd place)
  37. Kuusamo – 29 November 2002 (2nd place)
  38. Titisee-Neustadt – 14 December 2002 (3rd place)
  39. Garmisch-Partenkirchen – 1 January 2003 (2nd place ex-aequo with Andreas Goldberger)
  40. Zakopane – 18 January 2003 (3rd place)
  41. Zakopane – 19 January 2003 (3rd place)
  42. Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf – 1 February 2003 (3rd place)
  43. Oslo/Holmenkollen – 9 March 2003 (1st place)
  44. Lahti – 14 March 2003 (1st place)
  45. Lahti – 15 March 2003 (1st place)
  46. Planica (letalnica, HS215) – 22 March 2003 (2nd place)
  47. Kuusamo – 28 November 2003 (2nd place)
  48. Kuusamo – 30 November 2003 (2nd place)
  49. Zakopane – 17 January 2004(2nd place)
  50. Zakopane – 18 January 2004 (2nd place)
  51. Harrachov (HS 142) – 11 December 2004 (1st place)
  52. Oberstdorf (HS 137) – 29 December 2004 (3rd place)
  53. Innsbruck – 3 January 2005 (2nd place)
  54. Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf – 15 January 2005 (3rd place)
  55. Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf – 16 January 2005 (1st place)
  56. Titisee-Neustadt – 23 January 2005 (2nd place)
  57. Zakopane – 29 January 2005 (1st place ex-aequo with Roar Ljøkelsøy)
  58. Zakopane – 30 January 2005 (1st place)
  59. Kuopio – 9 March 2005 (3rd place ex-aequo with Jakub Janda)
  60. Kuopio – 7 March 2006 (3rd place)
  61. Oslo/Holmenkollen – 12 March 2006 (1st place)
  62. Lillehammer – 3 December 2006 (3rd place)
  63. Engelberg – 16 December 2006 (3rd place)
  64. Oberstdorf (HS 137) – 30 December 2006 (3rd place)
  65. Oberstdorf (HS 137) – 27 January 2007 (1st place)
  66. Titisee-Neustadt (HS 142) – 3 February 2007 (1st place)
  67. Titisee-Neustadt (HS 142) – 4 February 2007 (1st place)
  68. Klingenthal – 7 February 2007 (3rd place)
  69. Lahti (HS 130) – 11 March 2007 (1st place)
  70. Kuopio (HS 127) – 13 March 2007 (1st place)
  71. Oslo/Holmenkollen (HS 128) – 17 March 2007 (1st place)
  72. Planica (letalnica, HS215) – 23 March 2007 (1st place)
  73. Planica (letalnica, HS215) – 24 March 2007 (1st place)
  74. Planica (letalnica, HS215) – 25 March 2007 (1st place)
  75. Kuopio/Puijo – 10 March 2009 (3rd place)
  76. Planica (letalnica, HS215) – 20 March 2009 (2nd place)
  77. Planica (letalnica, HS215) – 22 March 2009 (2nd place)
  78. Lillehammer – 5 December 2009 (3rd place)
  79. Klingenthal – 3 February 2010 (2nd place)
  80. Lahti (HS 130) – 7 March 2010 (2nd place)
  81. Kuopio (HS 127) – 9 March 2010 (2nd place)
  82. Lillehammer – 12 March 2010 (3rd place)
  83. Oslo/Holmenkollen – 14 March 2010 (2nd place)
  84. Engelberg – 18 December 2010 (2nd place)
  85. Engelberg – 19 December 2010 (3rd place)
  86. Garmisch-Partenkirchen – 1 January 2011 (3rd place)
  87. Innsbruck – 3 January 2011 (2nd place)
  88. Harrachov (HS 205) – 8 January 2011 (3rd place)
  89. Sapporo – 15 January 2011 (3rd place)
  90. Zakopane – 21 January 2011 (1st place)
  91. Vikersund – 13 February 2011 (3rd place)
  92. Planica (letalnica, HS215) – 20 March 2011 (3rd place)

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Robert Korzeniowski
Polish Sportspersonality of the year
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Otylia Jędrzejczak
Preceded by
Otylia Jędrzejczak
Polish Sportspersonality of the year
2007
Succeeded by
Robert Kubica