Dariusz Popiela (POL)

Dariusz Popiela (POL)

Canoe Slalom
Date of birth
27 July 1985
170 cm
67 kg
Nowy Sacz, POL
Athlete, Student
English, Polish
Higher education
Law - Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski University: Kraków, POL


General Interest

Darek (Athlete, 27 Sep 2005)
Polish history, history of religion, rap music, travelling. (dariuszpopiela.pl, 01 May 2016)
Most influential person in career
His parents, uncle, physiologists Jerzy Zoladz and Jan Blecharz and one of his coaches, Antoni Kurcz. (dariuszpopiela.pl, 01 May 2016)
Hero / Idol
Italian slalom paddler Pierpaolo Ferrazzi, British slalom paddler Richard Fox, United States of America basketball player Michael Jordan, Polish kickboxer Marek Piotrowski, Polish race walker Robert Korzeniowski. (dariuszpopiela.pl, 01 May 2016)
Famous relatives
His father Boguslaw and uncle Henryk represented Poland in canoe slalom. Henryk Popiela won a medal at the 1977 World Championships. (dariuszpopiela.pl, 01 May 2016; eurosport.onet.pl, 21 Sep 2015)
Other information
From 1997 until 2002 he competed for Austrian clubs and was even an Austrian champion in junior and U18 categories. However, he didn't decide to represent Austria at international events. "At the end of 2002 I had to decide which country I want to represent. I received an offer to represent Austria, but I am a patriot and I have always wanted to represent Poland. In 2003 I decided to fight to be in national team of Poland." (eurosport.onet.pl, 21 Sep 2015)

He is a co-founder of the website 'LAD', which aims to fight stereotypes, xenophobia, racism and antisemitism through promotion of historical knowledge. (lad.info.pl, 04 Sep 2015)

He is passionate about rap music. His stage name is Darek-Daro and he has recorded album with Gie Precedens "Azyl". "My story with music started when I was not nominated for the national team for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. I wrote some lyrics but I used to lock it in the drawer, but then I had more time to do it. I recorded some albums with Grzegorz Czerpak and we even had few concerts, but later I had to totally focus on sport." (dariuszpopiela.pl, 01 May 2016; eurosport.onet.pl, 21 Sep 2015)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began paddling in 1992 at a slalom training camp in Nowy Sacz, Poland.
Why this sport?
His father and uncle were paddlers and Popiela wanted to continue the tradition.
Club / Team
KS Spojnia Warszawa: Poland
Name of coach
Boguslaw Popiel [father], POL; Henryk Popiel [uncle], POL


World CupK16 July 20082008Men35
World CupK115 July 20072007Men32
World CupK111 June 20062006Men35
World CupK124 July 20052005Men23
World CupK125 July 20042004Men28
Olympic GamesK1China, Beijing12 August 20082008Men179.688Best result
World ChampionshipsK1England, London20 September 20152015Men94.8713
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamEngland, London20 September 20152015Men111.296Best result
World ChampionshipsK1United States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men110.8027
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamUnited States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men175.6611Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Czech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men99.7513
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men111.102Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men105.8330
World ChampionshipsK1Slovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men96.5412Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men103.714Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell13 September 20092009Men89.4722
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 September 20092009Men109.8212Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Brazil, Foz do Iguaçu22 September 20072007Men239.9110Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamBrazil, Foz do Iguaçu21 September 20072007Men212.736Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Czech Republic, Prague5 August 20062006Men19
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague4 August 20062006Men230.723Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith2 October 20052005Men22
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamAustralia, Penrith3 October 20052005Men310.2716
World ChampionshipsK1Germany, Augsburg27 July 20032003Men77
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamGermany, Augsburg27 July 20032003Men229.279Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš14 May 20162016Men97.5513Latest result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš14 May 20162016Men226.0113Latest result
European ChampionshipsK1Germany, Markkleeberg30 May 20152015Men100.5633
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamGermany, Markkleeberg30 May 20152015Men112.955Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Austria, Vienna31 May 20142014Men89.3117
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamAustria, Vienna31 May 20142014Men98.903Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Poland, Kraków8 June 20132013Men83.954Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamPoland, Kraków8 June 20132013Men94.243Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Germany, Augsburg12 May 20122012Men98.989
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamGermany, Augsburg12 May 20122012Men157.546Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men96.354Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men106.532Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Cunovo15 August 20102010Men28
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Cunovo14 August 20102010Men108.491Best result
European ChampionshipsK1England, Nottingham31 May 20092009Men96.346Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamEngland, Nottingham30 May 20092009Men94.844Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Poland, Kraków11 May 20082008Men182.754Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamPoland, Kraków9 May 20082008Men204.761Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš15 June 20072007Men269.7115
European ChampionshipsK1France, L'Argentière-la-Bessée2 July 20062006Men16
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamFrance, L'Argentière-la-Bessée1 July 20062006Men242.412Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Slovenia, Tacen26 June 20052005Men196.439
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen25 June 20052005Men222.776Best result
World CupK111 September 20162016Men10Latest resultBest result
World CupK116 August 20152015Men25
World CupK117 August 20142014Men13
World CupK125 August 20132013Men14
World CupK12 September 20122012Men17
World CupK113 August 20112011Men4Best result
World CupK14 July 20102010Men12
World CupK13 August 20092009Men27