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Zbigniew Bródka

Poland

SportShort Track
NOCPoland
Born08 Oct 1984 in Glowno 
GenderMen
FamilyWife Agnieszka, daughters Gabrysia and Amelia
ResidenceGlowno, POL
OccupationFirefighter
LanguagesEnglish, Polish, Russian
Higher educationPhysical Education, Physiotherapy - Opole University of Technology: Poland
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/Zbigniew-Brodka-297635740354672  
www.zbigniewbrodka.pl/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamUKS Blyskawica Domaniewice: Poland  
Name of coachMieczyslaw Szymajda [club]; Witold Mazur [national], POL  
Reason for choosing this sportHis talent was spotted by his physical education teacher Mieczyslaw Szymajda, who was a skating coach. He also liked the speed of the sport.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport in 1994 in Domaniewice, Poland.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsHe has represented Poland in short track, competing at the world championships in 2006 and 2007. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 24 Jan 2014)  
InjuriesHe tore his quadriceps muscle in 2017. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)

In December 2014 he injured the adductor longus muscle in his thigh and was unable to compete at the 2015 European Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation. (lodz.sport.pl, 31 Dec 2014; polskieradio.pl, 31 Dec 2014)

He suffered a sprained ankle in 2004. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)

A meniscus injury in his knee ended his hopes of qualifying for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018; eurosport.onet.pl, 16 Feb 2014)
 
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 1500m and bronze in team pursuit at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (przegladsportowy.pl, 10 Feb 2017; polskieradio.pl, 19 Dec 2016)  
Awards and honoursHe was flag bearer for Poland at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (standard.co.uk, 09 Feb 2018)

In 2014 he was presented with the Great Honourable Sport Award by the Polish Olympic Committee. (zbigniewbrodka.pl, 12 Jan 2015)

In 2014 he received the Knight's Cross of Order of Polonia Restituta. (wyborcza.pl, 03 Apr 2014)
 
NicknamesZbyszek (dziennikzachodni.pl, 23 Feb 2014)  
Other informationNATIONAL FIRST
He became the first Polish speed skater to win gold at the Olympic Winter Games when he triumphed in the 1500m at the 2014 Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 25 Jul 2017; newsweek.pl, 15 Feb 2014)

CHANGING SPORTS
He made his World Cup debut in short track in 2003 in Dresden, Germany. He switched to speed skating in 2008 after a knee injury and problems with his meniscus meant he was not able to train at a sufficiently high level in short track. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018; zbigniewbrodka.pl, 15 Jul 2017; polskieradio.pl, 15 Feb 2014)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"As long as you fight, you are the winner." (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Most influential person in careerHis family. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Hero / IdolUS speed skater Shani Davis. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2004/2005 European Championships 5000m Relay9  
    2006/2007 European Championships 5000m Relay10  
    2003/2004 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay11  
    2004/2005 European Championships Overall12  
    2006/2007 World Championships 500m25  
    2006/2007 World Championships Overall27  
    2003/2004 World Junior Championships Overall27  
    2006/2007 World Championships 1000m28  
    2005/2006 World Championships 1500m32  
    2005/2006 World Championships 500m33  
    2006/2007 World Championships 1500m33  
    2005/2006 World Championships Overall38  
    2005/2006 World Championships 1000m49  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2006/2007 World Cup 1500m22  
    2003/2004 World Cup Overall71  
    2004/2005 World Cup 1500m72  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1000m72  
    2003/2004 World Cup 500m77  
    2004/2005 World Cup Overall81  
    2006/2007 World Cup 500m83