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Wojciech Fortuna

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWojciech•Fortuna
Used nameWojciech•Fortuna
Born6 August 1952 in Zakopane, Małopolskie (POL)
Measurements165 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsWisła Zakopane, Zakopane (POL)
NOC Poland

Biography

Wojciech Fortuna’s surname turned out to be apt when he became Poland’s first Winter Olympic Champion in 1972. Only selected for Sapporo at the last minute, Fortuna was a virtual unknown in the ski jumping world. His first jump in the large hill event, 111 m, meant an overrun of the safety zone. Judges briefly discussed a re-arrangement of the starting position (and re-start of the competition), but Fortuna’s result was allowed to stand. Wind severely influenced the event, and Fortuna’s jump remained the longest of the first round. He struggled in the second jump with just 87.5 m, but retained the lead by a narrow 0.1 points. The Olympic gold remained his only significant career win.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Winter Olympics Ski Jumping (Skiing) POL Wojciech Fortuna
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 6
Large Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1972 Winter Olympics 11 February 1972 Ski Jumping (Skiing) Large Hill, Individual, Men Jump 1 111.0 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1972 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony POL Wojciech Fortuna

Special Notes