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Bronisław Czech

Full name: Bronisław Czech
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Born: August 16, 1908 in Zakopane, Małopolskie, Poland
Died: June 4, 1944 in Oświęcim, Małopolskie, Poland
Affiliations: SN PTT Zakopane, Zakopane (POL) / AZS Zakopane, Zakopane (POL)
Country: POL Poland
Sport: Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, Cross Country Skiing, Alpine Skiing

Biography

Bronisław Czech was one of the most versatile Polish skiers between the wars. He was also a mountain climber and rescuer, skiing instructor, glider pilot and instructor. He won a total of 24 Polish Championships in various disciplines (cross-country, Nordic combined, jumping, Alpine). In addition to his three Olympic appearances, he took part in seven World Championships until 1937, with the best placings coming in 1927 and 1929 when he finished fifth and fourth respectively in Nordic combined. In ski jumping he bettered the national record three times, the last time in 1929 when he increased it to 63 m. In addition to winter sports and mountaineering, Czech also competed in athletics, table tennis, swimming and kayaking, and drove motorcycles.

Czech studied at the School of Timber Industry in his hometown Zakopane to become a carpenter. He also attended the Central Institute of Physical Education in Warszawa, where he graduated as a physical education teacher and ski instructor. In 1932, he started to work as a ski instructor on the Kasprowy Wierch, a mountain in the Western Tatras marking the border to Slovakia, where he later established his own ski school. In 1934, he wrote a book about "Skiing and Ski Jumping Style". In addition, he ran a sporting goods store in Zakopane. He also had musical and artistic talents, played violin and accordion, and painted on paper and glass, carved wood and wrote poems.

When war broke out in 1939, he joined the Polish resistance movement as a courier to Hungary. He was arrested by the German Gestapo in 1940 and was one of the first victims to be transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. During his imprisonment he continued to paint landscapes of the Tatras from memory. He died in 1944 in the camp’s hospital ward. To honor him and the murdered Alpine skier Helena Marusarzówna (1918-1941), the Czech-Marusarzówna-Memorial is held annually in Zakopane.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Winter 19 Sankt Moritz Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Poland POL 37
1928 Winter 19 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Men's Individual Poland POL 10
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Poland POL 12
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Poland POL 18
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Nordic Combined Men's Individual Poland POL 7
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Poland POL 33
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Poland POL 33
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nordic Combined Men's Individual Poland POL 16
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Poland POL 20
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Poland POL 7

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS J1S J2S J3S D DP SP
1928 Winter 19 Sankt Moritz Ski Jumping Poland Final Standings 37 6.333 5.000 7.000 7.000
1928 Winter 19 Sankt Moritz Ski Jumping Poland Jump 1 NP fall 56.5
1928 Winter 19 Sankt Moritz Ski Jumping Poland Jump 2 NP fall 62.5
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Ski Jumping Poland Final Standings 12 200.7
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Ski Jumping Poland Jump 1 12 99.1 17.0 16.0 17.5 56.0 48.6 50.5
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Ski Jumping Poland Jump 2 14 101.6 17.0 16.0 17.0 60.0 51.6 50.0
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Jumping Poland Final Standings 33 193.0
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Jumping Poland Jump 1 35 95.2 15.0 16.0 13.5 62.5 50.7 44.5
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Jumping Poland Jump 2 30T 97.8 16.0 16.0 14.5 63.5 51.3 46.5

Men's Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PTS J1S J2S J3S D DP SP
1928 Winter 19 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Poland Final Standings 10 12.645
1928 Winter 19 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Poland Cross Country Skiing, 18 kilometres 6 1-48:58 14.125
1928 Winter 19 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Poland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill 23 11.166 11.500 11.250 10.750
1928 Winter 19 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Poland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 1 AC fall 51.0
1928 Winter 19 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Poland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 2 AC 60.5
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Nordic Combined Poland Final Standings 7 392.00
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Nordic Combined Poland Cross Country Skiing, 18 kilometres 8 1-36:37 195.00
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Nordic Combined Poland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill 14 197.0
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Nordic Combined Poland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 1 13T 98.2 17.0 15.5 15.0 51.0 50.7 47.5
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Nordic Combined Poland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 2 17 98.8 17.0 16.5 15.5 50.0 49.8 49.0
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nordic Combined Poland Final Standings 16 375.0
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nordic Combined Poland Cross Country Skiing, 18 kilometres 23 1-25:55 181.9
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nordic Combined Poland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill 11 193.1
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nordic Combined Poland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 1 15 96.1 15.5 13.0 16.0 46.0 51.6 44.5
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nordic Combined Poland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 2 15 97.0 15.5 14.5 16.0 45.5 51.0 46.0

Men's 18 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Poland Final Standings 18 1-36:37
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Poland Final Standings 33 1-25:55

Men's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T PT
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alpine Skiing Poland Final Standings 20 79.41
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alpine Skiing Poland Downhill 20 82.97 5:46.4
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alpine Skiing Poland Slalom 19 75.84 3:13.3
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alpine Skiing Poland Slalom Run 1 17 1:30.4 0:00
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alpine Skiing Poland Slalom Run 2 26 1:42.9 0:00

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Poland POL Final Standings 7 44:43 2-58:50 7
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