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Wojciech Fortuna

Full name: Wojciech Fortuna
Gender: Male
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: August 6, 1952 in Zakopane, Małopolskie, Poland
Affiliations: Wisła Zakopane, Zakopane (POL)
Country: POL Poland
Sport: Ski Jumping

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

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 Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Winter 19 Sapporo Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Poland POL 6
1972 Winter 19 Sapporo Ski Jumping Men's Large Hill, Individual Poland POL 1 Gold

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S
1972 Winter 19 Sapporo Ski Jumping Poland Final Standings 6 222.0
1972 Winter 19 Sapporo Ski Jumping Poland Jump 1 6 115.4 82.0 66.4 49.0 17.0 16.0 16.0 16.0 17.5
1972 Winter 19 Sapporo Ski Jumping Poland Jump 2 10 106.6 76.5 57.6 49.0 16.5 16.5 16.0 16.0 17.0

Men's Large Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S
1972 Winter 19 Sapporo Ski Jumping Poland Final Standings 1 219.9
1972 Winter 19 Sapporo Ski Jumping Poland Jump 1 1 OB 130.4 111.0 75.4 55.0 18.5 18.5 18.0 17.0 19.0
1972 Winter 19 Sapporo Ski Jumping Poland Jump 2 22 89.5 87.5 42.5 47.0 15.5 16.0 15.5 15.0 16.0