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Helena Gąsienica Daniel

Full name: Helena Gąsienica Daniel (-Lewandowska)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: April 15, 1934 in Zakopane, Małopolskie, Poland
Died: November 23, 2013 in Zakopane, Małopolskie, Poland
Affiliations: Wisła Zakopane, Zakopane (POL)
Country: POL Poland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Sister of Maria Gąsienica Daniel-Szatkowska; Sister of Andrzej Gąsienica Daniel; Sister of Józef Gąsienica Daniel.

Biography

Helena Gąsienica Daniel was part of a real skiing family. Her three siblings all competed in skiing at the Winter Olympics. Sister Maria was an alpine skier at the 1956 and 1964 Olympics, brother Andrzej competed in ski jumping in Cortina d'Ampezzo and brother Józef placed 15th in the 1968 Nordic combined. Helena competed in cross-country skiing, winning a total of 10 Polish titles. Most of these came in the relay, as Wisla Zakopane grabbed the title eight times in a row 1954-61. In 1951 and 1952, aged just 16 and 17, she also won the Polish 10 km title twice. Her greatest international result came at the 1960 Winter Olympics, when the Polish team placed fourth in the 3 x 5 km relay (in a field of six entered teams) - she never competed in World Championships. Gąsienica Daniel married Wojciech Lewandowski, with whom she would run a car repair shop, selling her knitwear on the side.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 21 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Poland POL 24
1960 Winter 25 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Poland POL 21
1960 Winter 25 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay Poland POL 4

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1956 Winter 21 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Poland Final Standings 24 43:09
1960 Winter 25 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Poland Final Standings 21 45:08.2 23:46 21

Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1960 Winter 25 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Poland POL Final Standings 4 23:05.0 45:15.0 4
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