Before Adam Malysz even strapped himself into a racing car, he was already a legend. The Polish Eagle, as he is affectionately known, is a four-time Olympic medal-winning ski jumper who has scored 92 podiums in his career, and 198 top ten finishes. For his achievements in the sport, Adam received one of Poland’s highest honours, the Order of Polonia Restituta: the Officer's Cross (4th Class) in 2002, the Commander's Cross (3rd Class) in 2007, and the Commander's Cross with Star (2nd Class) in 2010.
2010 was, however, to be the year that Adam decided to make a quiet retirement from his phenomenally successful ski jumping career, although he did not publicly announce his retirement until early 2011. But his vocation as a sportsman was not over. Instead, Adam exchanged gravity for diesel as his propulsion method of choice.
Having receiving his rally driver licence in 2011, Adam decided that 2012 would be the year that he would make his inaugural appearance in the Dakar Rally, at the wheel of a Mitsubishi Pajero. And so he did. With Rafal Micha by his side – and despite a number of setbacks during the latter stages – he made it over the finish line in 38th place.
Adam reappeared on the Dakar scene in 2013 to once again feed his long-standing dream of a racing career on wheels. Not only did he finish, he came in an impressive 15th place – not bad for a second attempt! In 2014, his third attempt at the Dakar brought him two steps closer to the title, claiming 13th place overall. During the rally, Malysz managed to take 5th place in stage 5 and 6th place in stage 9.
Looking ahead, Adam’s goal is simple – to move up the standings even further when he returns once again to the Dakar Rally!Read more