Exercises from the Stone Age

March 22, 2014
Chodakowska Under Attack

Chodakowska Under Attack

Mariola Bojarska-Ferenc, Poland’s very first TV trainer, coach and TV fitness pioneer, has been criticising fellow fitness fanatic and much-loved Ewa Chodakowska for quite some time. She castigates her young colleague claiming that one course of pilates does not give Chodakowska the right to give advice to other women about what to do to lose weight and get fit. Bojarska-Ferenc has been trying to discredit Chodakowska for some time. During celebrity Agnieszka Szulim’s TV show, Bojarska-Ferenc accused Chodakowska of using archaic methods. “The exercises proposed by Ms. Ewa come from the Stone Age. I believe that she offers women very scant knowledge and doesn’t have a very large skill set.”
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Marek Galiński Dies

March 22, 2014
With Us No More

With Us No More

The website olimpijski.pl has informed us that Marek Galiński has died in a car accident. Galiński was a fourtime Olympic champion, an excellent competitor and mountain biking coach. He was not even forty when he died. Marek Galiński had the highest number of titles of any mountain biker in Poland. He came top of the podium of the Polish Championships in men’s cross-country a record eight times. He won the MTB Polish Championship four times and was top in the general classification of the MTB Grand Prix. He represented Poland in the Olympic Games in Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and in Beijing (2008) where he picked up thirteenth spot, his highest position. He also took part in the Olympic Games in London (2012) but as coach for the Polish women’s team. Most recently, he had been coach of the Russian national team. According to the Polish Press Agency (PAP), Galiński had returned from a team coaching session in Cyprus and was driving back from the airport to his house near Opoczno. The accident happened near Jedrzejów. Galiński died in hospital.
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Meteorite Medals

March 9, 2014
Meteoric Gold

Meteoric Gold

Speed skater Zbigniew Brodka and ski jumper Kamil Stoch received Olympic gold medals containing a fragment of the meteorite that hit Chelyabinsk a year ago on 15 February 2013. The idea to place fragments of meteorite in the Olympic medals was put forward by the Chelyabinsk local authorities who wanted to remind the world about last year’s incredible cosmic event. As a result of the meteor shower over the Urals and its surroundings, more than a thousand people were injured. The estimated financial losses were at least one billion rubles (about $33m). Chelyabinsk suffered the greatest damage with 300 buildings, including hospitals, a nursery, schools as well as sport facilities being destroyed or seriously damaged.
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Childhood Dream Fulfilled

March 3, 2014
Go for Gold!

Go for Gold!

Sports commentators hailed Kamil Stoch’s jumps, where he won his first (of two) Olympic gold medals, outstanding. He left the competition far behind. For the ski jumper himself, the medals in Sochi were not only a massive success, but also the fulfilment of a childhood dream. This is confirmed by a video that has gone viral on YouTube where a twelve-year-old Kamil says, “I would like to take part in the Olympics, win a gold medal, but for now I still have some time.” Olympic gold winner Stoch has not forgotten those words because soon after receiving the gold medal he thanked not only his nearest and dearest but also the coaches who worked with him from the very start of his career. And there were quite a few because Kamil started skiing as early as the age of three. One year later he was jumping off small hills with his friends. He began regular training at his club LKS Ząb at the age of eight.
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Poland Sings for Morgernstern

January 27, 2014
Thomas Morgenstern Crashes

Thomas Morgenstern Crashes

World Cup winner Thomas Morgernstern thanked his Polish fans on his Facebook profile recently. Polish fans showed their support for the Austrian ski jumper after his accident on the large ski slope in Kulm. Not only did Polish fans have the names of their cities and favourite ski jumpers on their flags but also lots of words of support for Thomas Morgernstern. The ski jumping event organisers also encouraged the crowd to sing for Morgernstern, a moving tribute which visibly touched Morgernstern. He reacted on Facebook immediately posting a photo from his bed showing his feet in front of the television with the Polish fans singing and waving flags. “Great thanks for this incredible song for my Polish fans,” he wrote in German and English, adding a #goosebumps hash tag beside it. As many as 14,000 followers liked the post. Will Morgernstern go to the Olympics after his accident? On 10 January, in Titisee-Neustadt, Morgernstern lost control during his jump and hit the ground during the second jump of the day. The accident looked serious, but according to doctors there is no threat of any serious complications. “Morgernstern in Sochi? It could be possible,” said Austrian team coach Alexander Pointner. Poland’s ski jumpers also showed their support for Thomas. “Morgi, alles gute,” shouted the Polish ski jumpers while putting on their skis.
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Poland Beats USA

December 7, 2013
Beating USA

Beating USA

“Are there any beaches in Poland at all?” Americans have been asking this question after losing to Poland at beach volleyball. Facebook was awash with comments this week. Poland managed to tear apart Team USA in beach volleyball. Obviously, the Americans were annoyed at their own loss and also because they thought there were no beaches in Poland. “How could they win if they don’t have beaches!” said another American tweet. The Polish duet of Grzegorz Fijałek and Mariusz Prudel defeated the US beach volleyball team of Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal. Up until now, the Americans were classified highest in this discipline. The whole game lasted only 43 minutes and the Americans simply could not get over being beaten.
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Godziek Dirt Champion

October 23, 2013
Dawid Godziek

Dawid Godziek

Dawid “Szamanek” Godziek dominated the MTBMX championships in Milanówek where the dirt battle for the prestigious trophies in the MTB and BMX categories took place. The Milanówek event also held competitions for Best Trick and Jam. The local team, “Hardonbmx”, was responsible for the organisation of the event. The winner of the Skatejam event was Rafał “Skejcik” Kierc. Patryk Teula came second followed by Marcin “Oskier” Oskiera. Not only did Dawid Godziek demolish the competition in the main event this year but it was his fifth win in a row. Among the drivers competing on MTB bikes, Bartosz “The Pope” Obukowicz was best. Second and third places went to Marcin Rot and Daniel Zawistowski, respectively. Maciej Dabek won Best Trick.
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Robert Lewandowski – World Player of the Week

May 1, 2013
Goal Machine

Goal Machine

The editors of Goal.com, comprising journalists from around the world, regularly choose the world’s best footballer of the week. This time Robert Lewandowski is this weeks’ winner after his incredible performance in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. “It was an absolutely extraordinary week for Robert Lewandowski. His performance is one of the greatest individual performances in Champions League history,” according to Goal.com. Last Wednesday ‘Lewa’ scored four goals giving Borussia Dortmund victory against Real Madrid at Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion), thereby becoming the first player to score four goals against the ‘kings’ of European football. “Not only has Lewandowski proved to have the instincts of a killer, but he also demonstrated his great technical skills. The third goal was unbelievable. No one can doubt his world-class abilities,” according to Goal.com. The journalists emphasise that ‘Lewa’ is already being chased by Europe’s leading football clubs. “Bayern Munich and Manchester United both want him. However, his price has rocketed in the last few days thanks to his performance at Signal Iduna Park which will be part of football folklore for years to come.” Not only that but Borussia together with Lewandowski will be in the Champions League final on the 25th May at Wembley.
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Victory of Polish Patriotism

June 22, 2012
Smuda to Blame?

Smuda to Blame?

Poland’s football players did not live up to the nation’s expectations. However, journalist Dominik Zdort regards Euro 2012 “a splendid time for patriotic emotions.” The Rzeczpospolita journalist said on TOK FM radio that, “I have watched masses of Poles in white-and-red T-shirts with pleasure. It’s a positive awakening.” He added, “Such excitement is necessary for the country to feel a certain togetherness.” It is interesting that Dominik Zdort does not belong to the group of journalists heavily criticising Polish manager Franciszek Smuda. He stated, “I like this young team. I would not dismiss coach Smuda either, even though he made mistakes in  tactics.” Being a political journalist, Zdort could not resist adding a political twist: “This national team is politically pluralistic. There were hints that Robert Lewandowski is a Civic Platform (PO) supporter and Kuba Błaszczykowski is pro Law and Justice (PiS), but they managed to play together very well.” According to the Rzeczpospolita journalist, Franciszek Smuda and PM Donald Tusk are alike with regard to their… reluctance to make changes. Also, Marek Zając from TVP (Polish TV) shares the opinion that Euro 2012 is a chance for Poles to demonstrate their patriotism. However, he has does not agree with Zdort with regards to the team. “We lost mentally. I blame the manager, Franciszek Smuda, who was supposed to motivate his team to fight from the beginning right until the end.” He added, “Remember how Smuda announced before the Greece match that if the game was looking like finishing a draw he would not throw players on to attack. Before the Russia game Smuda said that he would be satisfied with a draw. It now looks like this drawing attitude, and not playing for a win, backfired on Smuda.”

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Lech Poznań To Face Man City

August 27, 2010
Game Over Already?

Game Over Already?

Before the Europa League draw, hopes were high for fans of Lech Poznań (nicknamed Kolejorz, pol. ‘The Railwaymen’). The Polish champions, who only just scraped past Dnipro Dniepropietrovsk (1-0 on aggregate) in the previous round, were hoping for an easy draw and the chance to go as far as possible in the UEFA Europa League. However, after the draw, the bubble appears to have burst for Kolejorz fans. Lech Poznań has been drawn against Italian giants Juventus, Austrian Salzburg and the richest club in the world, big-spending Manchester City. The full draw is as follows:

Group A
Juventus; Manchester City; Salzburg; LECH POZNAŃ

Group B
Atletico Madrid; Bayer Leverkusen; Rosenburg; Thessaloniki

Group C
Sporting; Lille; Levski Sofia; Gent

Group D
Villarreal; Club Brugge; Dinamo Zagreb; PAOK

Group E
Alkmaar; Dinamo Kiev; BATE Borisov; FC Sheriff;

Group F
CSKA Moscow; Palermo; Sparta Prague; Lausanne

Group G
Zenit St Petersburg; Anderlecht; AEK Athens; Hajduk Split

Group H
Stuttgart; Getafe; Odense; Young Boys

Group I
PSV Eindhoven; Sampdoria; FC Metalist Kharkiv; Debreceni

Group J
Sevilla; PSG; Borussia Dortmund; Karpaty Lviv

Group K
Liverpool; Steaua Bucharest; Napoli; Utrecht

Group L
Porto; Besiktas; CSKA Sofia; Rapid Vienna

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