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KUCHARCZYK Karolina
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderWomen
Age29
Place of BirthRawicz, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
F20, T20
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Kacper [2017]
Residence
Rawicz, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age 13.
Why this sport?
She had always enjoyed sports growing up.
Club / Team
MUKS Kadet Rawicz: Poland
Name of coach
Boguslaw Jusiak [personal], POL, from 2006
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T20 long jump at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Facebook page, 04 Sep 2019; wtkplay.pl, 21 Dec 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her family and coach Boguslaw Jusiak. "He [Jusiak] is like a second father." ('Olympians' movie, niepelnosprawni.pl, 19 Jan 2016; paralympic.org.pl, 14 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In July and August 2019 she was impacted by an Achilles tendon injury. (Facebook page, 01 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
She has twice been awarded the Gold Cross of Merit by the president of Poland, in 2013 and 2016. (prezydent.pl, 07 Feb 2013; 05 Oct 2016)
Other sports
She has competed in 100m hurdles with able-bodied athletes. (poznan.sport.pl, 02 Sep 2012; gloswielkopolski.pl, 20 Oct 2012)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and to set a new world record. (radiopoznan.fm, 08 Jan 2020)
Other information
MOTHERHOOD
She gave birth to her son in 2017, but only took one month off from athletics after giving birth. She was determined to return to sport as soon as she could as she was still frustrated with not winning gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I came back to training one month after delivery. It was a difficult time. I cried many times during training, I thought that I can't do it. I also had this anger after the 2016 Paralympic Games, where I lost gold there to [Croatian long jumper] Mikela Ristoski. I wanted to come back to competition as quick as possible to show her who dominates in long jump. My son has given me an extra boost of motivation. Everything I do, I do for him. When I was a single, I could do whatever I wanted. Now it's different. My whole life is subordinated to him." (magazynsportowiec.pl, 20 Sep 2018; 14 Nov 2019)

EMOTIONAL MEDALS
A few days after she returned to Poland following her gold medal win at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, her grandmother passed away. A year later during the last visit in hospital she promised her grandfather that she would win a medal for him at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She fulfilled the promise, but while she was in Brazil her grandfather died from a heart attack. "It's my personal tragedy, a day after winning a medal, my grandfather passed away, so I couldn't be happy about this medal. Fortunately, my grandpa saw my performance, he even recorded it as well as the opening ceremony for me, he just did not have time to see the closing ceremony. The medal from Rio is for him, and the gold from Qatar was for grandmother." (rp.pl, 03 Oct 2016; wtkplay.pl, 21 Dec 2016; przegladsportowy.pl, 15 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 Long Jump F20 6.00
2 2016 Long Jump T20 5.55
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011 Long Jump F20 5.00
1 2013 Long Jump T20 6.09
1 2015 Long Jump T20 5.67
1 2019 Long Jump T20 6.21
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 Long Jump T20 5.87
1 2018 Long Jump T20 6.14