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-10 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 to be the year that Adam decided to take a quiet retirement from his phenomenally successful ski jumping career, which he announced in early 2011. But his life as a sportsman wasn't over. Having gained his rally driver licence in 2011, Adam decided that 2012 would be the year that he'd make his inaugural appearance in the Dakar Rally. 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 longstanding 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 and a fifth place in stage 5.
He was all set to make a bid for a Dakar podium in 2015, but when his car caught fire just 20 miles from the finish line during the second stage, an unharmed Adam was forced to withdraw from the race. His bad luck at the Dakar continued in 2016 as his challenge was dogged by a broken clutch and health concerns for co-driver Xavier Panseri.
Adam has now drawn a line under his distinguished sporting career to take up a microphone in the commentary box on Polish TV.Read more