Polands sports include almost all sports, in particular:track & field, basketball, boxing, fencing, football,American football (Gridiron), handball, ice hockey,swimming, volleyball, and weightlifting. The first PolishFormula One driver, Robert Kubica, has also broughtawareness of Formula One Racing to Poland. football arethe countrys most popular sports, with a rich history ofinternational competition. Poland has also made adistinctive mark in motorcycle speedway racing thanks toTomasz Gollob, a highly successful Polish rider. ThePolish mountains are an ideal venue for hiking, skiingand mountain biking and attract millions of tourists everyyear from all over the world. Cross country skiing is alsoan incredibly popular TV sports, gathering 4-5 millionviewers each race, with Justina Kowalczyk as the mainattraction. Baltic beaches and resorts are popularlocations for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and a broad-range of other water-themed sports.
Polish National Football TeamThe Polish National Football Team was the winner of the1972 Olympic Football Tournament, as well as a runner-up in 1976 and 1992. Poland has made seven FIFAWorld Cup appearances (1938, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986,2002, 2006) and achieved great success, finishing thirdat both the 1974 World Cup in Germany and the 1982World Cup in Spain. The junior team has also achievedsuccess on the international stage, finishing third at the1983 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final, fourth at the 1979 FIFAU-20 World Cup Final and fourth at the 1993 FIFA U-17World Cup Final.
BasketballBasketball is one of Polands most popular sports. In the1960s, the national team belonged to the world elite as itwon silver at the 1963 European BasketballChampionship and bronze at the 1965 and 1967 event.At the 1967 FIBA World Championship, Poland wasamong the worlds five elite basketball teams. At the 1964and 1968 Summer Olympics, the Orły ("Eagles," as theteam is often nicknamed) finished 6th.Since 2000, basketball in Poland went trough a revivaland has been home to several NBA players, includingMarcin Gortat, Maciej Lampe and Cezary Trybański. Thecountry hosted the 2009 European BasketballChampionship.
Ice hockey Main article: Poland national ice hockey team The Poland national ice hockey team is the national icehockey team of Poland, and a member of the International IceHockey Federation. They are ranked 21st in the world in theIIHF World Rankings, but prior to the 1980s they were rankedas high as 6th internationally. They are one of only 8 countriesnever to have played below the Division I (former B Pool)level. Poland has managed to produce some NHL calibre talentincluding Mariusz Czerkawski with the New York Islanders,Peter Sidorkiewicz for both the Hartford Whalers and theOttawa Senators, and Krzysztof Oliwa for the New JerseyDevils where he won a Stanley Cup in 1999-2000.
Adam Henryk Małysz ( listen) (born 3 December 1977 inWisła, Poland) is a former Polish ski jumper, one of themost successful ski jumpers in the history of the sport. The most important of Małyszs successes are 4individual Olympic Games medals, 4 individual WorldChampionships gold medals (all-time record), 4 individualWorld Cup titles (all-time record shared with MattiNykänen), 39 individual competition wins and 92 podiumsin total. After concluding his ski-jumping career in 2011 heappeared in Dakar Rally in 2012 and 2013 reaching 37and 15 respectively.
Handball(also known as team handball, Olympic handball,European team handball, European handball, or Bordenball) is a team sport in which two teams of seven playerseach (six outfield players and a goalkeeper on eachteam) pass a ball to throw it into the goal of the otherteam. A standard match consists of two periods of 30minutes, and the team with more goals scored wins.Modern handball is usually played indoors, but outdoorvariants exist in the forms of field handball and Czechhandball (which were more common in the past) andbeach handball (also called handball).
Volleyballis a team sport in which two teams of six players areseparated by a net. Each team tries to score points bygrounding a ball on the other teams court under organizedrules. It has been a part of the official program of the SummerOlympic Games since 1964.A scene of Volleyball play in Ervadi village. The completerules are extensive. But simply, play proceeds as follows: aplayer on one of the teams begins a rally by serving the ball(tossing or releasing it and then hitting it with a hand or arm),from behind the back boundary line of the court, over the net,and into the receiving teams court. The receiving team mustnot let the ball be grounded within their court. The team maytouch the ball up to 3 times but individual players may nottouch the ball twice consecutively. Typically, the first twotouches are used to set up for an attack, an attempt to directthe ball back over the net in such a way that the serving teamis unable to prevent it from being grounded in their court.
Motorcycle speedway,usually referred to as speedway, is a motorcycle sport involving fourand sometimes up to six riders competing over four anti-clockwise lapsof an oval circuit. Speedway motorcycles use only one gear and have nobrakes and racing takes place on a flat oval track usually consisting ofdirt or loosely packed shale. Competitors use this surface to slide theirmachines sideways, powersliding or broadsiding into the bends. On thestraight sections of the track the motorcycles reach speeds of up 70miles per hour (110 km/h).The exact origins of the sport are unknown but there is evidenceof a type of speedway racing being practised in the USA before the FirstWorld War and in Australia in the late teens and early 1920s. There arenow both domestic and international competitions in a number ofcountries including the Speedway World Cup whilst the highest overallscoring individual in the Speedway Grand Prix events is pronounced theworld champion. Speedway is popular in central and northern Europeand to a lesser extent in Australia and North America. A variant of trackracing, speedway is administered internationally by the FédérationInternationally de Motocyclisme (FIM). Domestic speedway events areregulated by FIM affiliated national motor sport federations.