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Natalia Maliszewska


SportShort Track
Born16 Sep 1995 in Bialystok 
ResidenceBialystok, POL
LanguagesEnglish, Polish, Russian
OccupationArmed Forces Athlete
FamilyPartner Piotr Michalski
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 41.598 04 Sep 2021 Dresden  
    1000m 1:27.391 05 Sep 2021 Dresden  
    1500m 2:24.462 17 Oct 2020 Bialystok  
    3000m 5:16.546 26 Feb 2017 Opole  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Championships
World Championships
    500m   1    
European Championships
European Championships
    500m 1 2 1  
    3000m Relay     1  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamJuvenia Bialystok: Poland  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHer older sister Patrycja competed in short track at the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, 2014, and 2022. Her partner Piotr Michalski represented Poland in speed skating at the 2018 and 2022 Olympic Winter Games. (Piotr Michalski Instagram profile, 16 Sep 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 28 Oct 2022;, 05 Aug 2020; Athlete, 12 Jan 2017)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"My sister is a short track skater and I followed her into the sport."  
General Interest
General Interest
Hero / IdolUS short track skater John Celski. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2017)  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachUrszula Kaminska [national], POL; Gregory Durand [national], FRA  
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementWinning the overall classification in the 500m in the 2018/19 World Cup season, and claiming gold in the 500m at the 2019 European Championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019)  
Most influential person in careerHer older sister Patrycja. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track in 2004 in Bialystok, Poland.  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Have fun." (Athlete, 12 Jan 2017)  
MilestonesShe became the first Polish short track skater to win a medal at the world championships by claiming silver in the 500m at the 2018 edition of the tournament in Montreal, QC, Canada. She is also the first Polish short track skater to have claimed a European title, triumphing in the 500m at the 2019 European Championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Mar 2019;, 03 Feb 2019)

She became the first short track skater representing Poland to finish on the podium at a World Cup event when she placed second in the 500m in 2015 in Montreal, QC, Canada. She then became the first Polish short track skater to claim victory in any discipline at a World Cup event when she won the 500m in 2018 in Calgary, AB, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Nov 2018;, 12 Nov 2018)
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
NicknamesKurczak ['Chicken' in English]. (, 24 Nov 2018)  
She was unable to compete in the 500m at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing after testing positive for COVID-19. She was initially released from isolation in time for the qualifying race, but then tested positive again and was ruled out of the event. After a further negative test result, she was able to compete in other events in Beijing. "I know a lot of people do not understand this situation. Positive and negative tests, tests confirming isolation, suddenly positive tests. Later, good results again and a chance to be released. Then a total flop. No possibility and hope is dead." (, 06 Feb 2022, 05 Feb 2022;, 07 Feb 2022)

She got into the sport through the influence of her older sister Patrycja, who has also represented Poland in short track. "For years I would see the face of Patrycja on the posters and billboards at our ice rink, and I kept telling myself that one day I wanted my image to be on the billboards too. She has always been one of my idols, it was always so awesome seeing her come home from the European championships with medals. I felt so proud that we had these medals at home and that I could look at them. She was a trailblazer for Polish skating, and being her sister I know I have the same blood in my veins, so I want to push the boundaries as well." (, 09 Mar 2019;, 17 Feb 2019;, 24 Nov 2018)

Her first skating coach gave her the nickname 'Kurczak', meaning 'chicken' in English. "As a small child I had long legs, like thin sticks, and my parents bought me a yellow puffy jacket, which made me look like a baby chicken, so my first coach called me 'chicken'. Everyone else started to use it, so to this day I am still known as 'chicken'. I'm so used to hearing it that I react more when I hear it compared to my real name. It's funny because even when I talk about myself I sometimes use it and say, 'Chicken is doing this, or chicken is doing that'. It's just so widely used. I like it, it helps me return to memories of racing as a child." (, 24 Nov 2018)
Awards and honoursShe received the 2020 Best Athlete award at the annual sports awards of Bialystok, Poland. (, 27 Sep 2021)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018/2019 European Championships 500m1  
    2022/2023 European Championships 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m2  
    2020/2021 European Championships 500m2  
    2019/2020 European Championships 500m3  
    2012/2013 European Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2018/2019 European Championships Overall4  
    2022/2023 European Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2014/2015 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2021/2022 World Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2020/2021 European Championships Overall5  
    2020/2021 World Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall6  
    2021/2022 World Championships 500m6  
    2022/2023 World Championships 2000m Relay6  
    2022 Olympic Games 3000m Relay6  
    2019/2020 European Championships Overall6  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1000m6  
    2016/2017 European Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2020/2021 European Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2013/2014 European Championships 3000m Relay7  
    2022/2023 World Championships 3000m Relay7  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1500m7  
    2012/2013 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay7  
    2018/2019 European Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2022/2023 European Championships 2000m Relay8  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m8  
    2014/2015 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2022/2023 European Championships 1000m9  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay9  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1000m10  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1000m10  
    2021/2022 World Championships Overall11  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m11  
    2018/2019 World Championships 500m11  
    2015/2016 European Championships 3000m Relay11  
    2021/2022 World Championships 1000m12  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1500m12  
    2022/2023 World Championships 500m13  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1000m13  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1000m13  
    2022/2023 World Championships 1000m14  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1500m16  
    2020/2021 World Championships Overall16  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall16  
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m17  
    2017/2018 European Championships 500m17  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m18  
    2012/2013 World Junior Championships Overall19  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1500m19  
    2021/2022 World Championships 1500m19  
    2013/2014 European Championships Overall19  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1500m19  
    2020/2021 World Championships 500m20  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships Overall20  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall20  
    2012/2013 European Championships Overall21  
    2015/2016 European Championships Overall21  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m23  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall28  
    2018/2019 World Championships Overall29  
    2014/2015 World Junior Championships Overall29  
    2022 Olympic Games 1500m29  
    2014/2015 European Championships Overall29  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m30  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1500m30  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1000m31  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1500m38  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m45  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 500m1  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 500m1  
    2021/2022 Beijing 500m1  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 500m2  
    2015/2016 Montreal, QC 500m2  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 500m2  
    2018/2019 Turin 500m2  
    2022/2023 Almaty 500m2  
    2022/2023 Montreal, QC 500m2  
    2021/2022 Nagoya 500m2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 500m3  
    2018/2019 Dresden 500m3  
    2019/2020 Dordrecht 1000m3  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m3  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 500m3  
    2019/2020 Montreal, QC 500m3  
    2018/2019 Almaty 500m3  
    2022/2023 Dordrecht 2000m Relay3  
    2021/2022 Debrecen 1000m3  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m4  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 500m4  
    2018/2019 Almaty 2000m Relay5  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 500m5  
    2022/2023 Dresden 500m5  
    2022/2023 Dresden 3000m Relay5  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1000m5  
    2022/2023 Almaty 3000m Relay5  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m5  
    2019/2020 Dresden 500m5  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 500m5  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 500m6  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 500m6  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay6  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay6  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay6  
    2022/2023 Dresden 2000m Relay6  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1000m7  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1000m7  
    2018/2019 Dresden 3000m Relay7  
    2022/2023 Almaty 3000m Relay7  
    2018/2019 Almaty 3000m Relay7  
    2012/2013 Dresden 3000m Relay7  
    2016/2017 Dresden 500m8  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay8  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 3000m Relay9  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 3000m Relay9  
    2022/2023 Almaty 2000m Relay9  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m9  
    2019/2020 Dresden 3000m Relay9  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 3000m Relay9  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 500m10  
    2014/2015 Dresden 3000m Relay10  
    2022/2023 Almaty 500m10  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 3000m Relay10  
    2022/2023 Almaty 500m10  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m10  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay10  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 3000m Relay10  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 500m10  
    2016/2017 Dresden 3000m Relay11  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 2000m Relay11  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay12  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay12  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 2000m Relay12  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1000m12  
    2019/2020 Dresden 2000m Relay12  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1000m13  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m13  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification Overall14  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m14  
    2022/2023 Dresden 1000m14  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m15  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 500m18  
    2018/2019 Dresden 2000m Relay18  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 500m20  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1000m23  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m24  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m25  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 500m26  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1500m28  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1000m29  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m29  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m30  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1000m35  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m36  
    2014/2015 Dresden 500m37  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m37  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1000m43  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1000m44  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 500m45  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1500m45  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1500m52  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 500m53  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 1500m58  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1000m59  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1000m59  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1000m63  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1500m71  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 1000m76