They already made names for themselves at the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver last February. Three brothers from one family present at the Olympic Games is something quite exceptional, and it is for this reason that the people responsible for the Museum collections approached them when they were asking for donations in Vancouver.
On Thursday 20 August at The Olympic Museum, the three Ligocki brothers, Luckasz, Michal and Mateusz, accompanied by their parents, donated to The Olympic Museum the full set of equipment they wore in Vancouver, either as athletes or as an official: snowboard, bindings, boots, helmet, gloves, mask, bodysuits, delegation clothing, etc. The donations also included accreditation cards, bibs and some photographs.
The donation was made in the presence of Francis Gabet and Frédérique Jamolli, Director and Curator of The Olympic Museum respectively. All three athletes received a donor’s diploma signed by the IOC President, acknowledging their donation.
In the book signed successively by the three brothers, Michal wrote: “I’m feeling so special, to give my Olympic equipment to this Museum. From now on I’ll feel that the memory of me and my family will live 4 ever!”
A bit of background…
Mateusz Ligocki (born 1982) participated in the Turin Games in 2006 in snowboard and snowboard cross. He was the only athlete to compete in the two disciplines. In Vancouver, he participated in the snowboard cross events.
Michal Ligocki (born 1985) also participated in the Turin and Vancouver Games, but in half-pipe.
The two brothers really want to participate in a third edition of the Games and are seriously preparing themselves for the 2014 Games in Sochi.
As for the oldest Lukasz brother (born 1980), he is FIS snowboard A license judge and technical delegate for snowboard. He was the Deputy Chef de Mission for the Polish team in Whistler.