Justyna Kowalczyk wins second gold for Poland at Sochi Games
February 14, 2014
Despite skiing with a foot fracture Polish cross-country skier Justyna Kowalczyk took Poland's second gold medal winning the women's 10-kilometer classical-style race at the Sochi Games on Thursday.
The race was held at the Laura Biathlon & Ski Complex.
Kowalczyk completed the 10 kilometer course in 28:17.8, beating out Sweden's Charlotte Kalla by 18.4 seconds. The bronze medal went to Norway's Therese Johaug, who finished 28.3 seconds behind the winner.
"It's something big for me because I broke my foot two weeks ago," Kowalczyk said. "I was fighting with myself with this injury."
Kowalczyk injured her left foot last month and posted an X-ray on her Facebook page this week showing a fracture, but said it wouldn't stop her from competing.
Kowalczyk said she took a strong pain killer before the race that numbed the foot for three hours.
"I think it was the hardest 10K of my life, especially the last big uphill. I was fighting with my body. In the last 30 meters I was almost walking. I was so tired."
On Sunday, Kamil Stoch won Poland's first medal of the games, with victory in the ski jump Nornal Hill.
Poland has now moved to eighth in the medal table, with Germany in first place and Canada and Norway in second and third.