Zbigniew Marcin Bródka (Polish pronunciation: [ˈzbiɡɲɛv ˈbrutka]; born 8 October 1984) is a Polish speed skater and a 2014 Olympic champion in 1500 metres. He also works as a firefighter in the State Fire Service station in Łowicz.
|Born||8 October 1984|
Głowno, Łódź Voivodeship, Poland
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) |
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
|Club||UKS Błyskawica Domaniewice|
|Coached by||Krzysztof Niedźwiedzki|
Bródka was born in Głowno, Poland, on 8 October 1984. Since 2009 he works as a firefighter in the State Fire Service (Polish: Państwowa Straż Pożarna) station in Łowicz. He represents a local sports club, UKS Błyskawica Domaniewice. He is married to Agnieszka and has two daughters - Gabriela and Amelia.
Before becoming a long track speed skater, Bródka competed in middle-distance running and short track. He often trains in Germany, as Poland lacks appropriate facilities for long track speed skating. When he trains in Poland, Bródka is forced to improvise, including using roller skates to imitate ice skating movements. In 2006, an accident prevented him from participating in the 2006 Winter Olympics. In 2010, he made his Olympic debut in Vancouver, finishing 27th in the men's 1500 metres. In the following years he took part in a number of Polish and European championships, placing well and winning several competitions (total of five gold medals until 2014) in Poland.
At the 2013 World Single Distance Championships, Bródka helped Poland capture the bronze medal in the men's team pursuit with teammates Jan Szymański and Konrad Niedźwiedzki. It was the first victory for Poland's male speed skaters in that discipline. In the 2012–13 season he also won the men's 1500 metres World Cup, the first Polish speed skater to do so.
He was chosen to be the flagbearer of the Polish team at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
|Men's speed skating|
|500 m||35.80||16 February 2013||Vikingskipet, Hamar|
|1000 m||1:07.87||19 January 2013||Olympic Oval, Calgary||Current Polish record|
|1500 m||1:42.89||15 November 2013||Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City||Current Polish record|
|3000 m||3:50.42||13 October 2012||Eisstadion Inzell, Inzell|
|5000 m||6:34.18||11 January 2014||Vikingskipet, Hamar|
|10000 m||14:09.29||17 February 2013||Vikingskipet, Hamar|
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