Winter Olympics end, Poland take home two medals
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Bobsleigh competitor Mateusz Luty carried the Polish flag at the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Sunday.
Polish athletes on Sunday during the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang winter Olympic Games. Photo: EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA
Poland won two medals in South Korea, placing it 20th in the medals table. Polish ski jumping star Kamil Stoch won the men's Large Hill individual event, while Poland took the bronze in the men's ski jumping team competition.
Andrzej Kraśnicki, President of the Polish Olympic Committee, said: "Personally, I think that the minimum [requirement] has been met.”
He added: “The competitors did not cause our country to be compromised, they did not compromise themselves. I know that they gave it their all, and the fact that we expected more is another matter.”
Over 16 days, more than 2,900 athletes from 92 countries competed in 102 events in South Korea. Norway finished top of the medals table with 39 gongs, including 14 golds.
Ahead of the Games, Polish officials named ski jumping as Poland’s biggest chance of an Olympic medal in South Korea.
Sports and Tourism Minister Witold Bańka said that it was realistic to expect that Polish athletes would bring home two to three medals from Pyeongchang.
Poland won six medals, four gold, one silver and one bronze, during the previous winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, Poland's best Olympic Winter Games tally.
Four years earlier in Vancouver, Canada, Poland also scooped up six medals: one gold, three silver and two bronze.