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LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
VOLLEYBALL MEDIA GUIDE
POL
Bartosz Kurek, 23, is one of Poland’s brightest young
talents, known for his powerful attacks and deadly serves.
He first played for Poland at the 2005 Youth European
Championships and it didn’t take long before he was
promoted to the senior squad, however it wasn’t until
2009 that he began to make a name for himself, most
notably at the European Championships which Poland
won for the first time. In 2011 he was central to Poland’s
World League bronze medal performance in Gdansk where
he was the top scorer in the Finals before adding another
bronze at the European Championships, where he was
named Best Server. His stock rose further in 2012 when
he helped Poland win their first World League title while
clinching the MVP award in the process.
Kurek was born in Walbrzych, the son of Adam Kurek, who
also played for Poland. He has played most of his volleyball
for clubs in Poland, winning the Polish Championship with
Skra Bełchatów, who were runners-up in the 2011 CEV
Champions League, with Kurek named as Best Spiker. He
now plays for Russia’s Dinamo Moscow.
Bartosz Kurek
Mr Dependable, Marcin Mozdzonek is the rock on which
the current Polish team’s success is built on. While the
likes of Kurek and Bartman steal the headlines with their
outstanding attacking ability, Mozdzonek is the ever
reliable middle blocker who has a sense of calm which
gives a steadying influence on one of the most improved
teams at international level.
Mozdzonek, 27, made his debut for Poland in 2007 and
has been a key contributor ever since including at the 2008
Olympic Games. His trademark beard helps give a serious
demeanour which is further enhanced once he steps on the
court. Not one to light up the court with back court spikes
or regular fist pumping, Mozdzonek gets on with the job
with little fuss, a trait his team mates obviously feed off.
Marcin Mozdzonek
MATCH
SCHEDULE
STAR
PLAYER
TEAM
CAPTAIN
Versus
Pool
Date
Time
Phase
ITA Italy
A
July 29
20:00
Preliminary Round
BUL Bulgaria
A
July 31
11:30
Preliminary Round
ARG Argentina
A
August 2
16:45
Preliminary Round
GBR Great Britain
A
August 4
11:30
Preliminary Round
AUS Australia
A
August 6
09:30
Preliminary Round