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Franciszek Kawa

Full name: Franciszek Józef Remigiusz Kawa
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: October 3, 1901 in Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine
Died: February 10, 1985 in Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Affiliations: AZS Warszawa, Warszawa (POL)
Country: POL Poland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing


Even though Franciszek Kawa came from the now Ukrainian city of Lviv, he joined the Polish Legions at a very early age. Later he served in the Polish Army in the Polish-Ukrainian and Polish-Soviet wars until 1921. After completing school, he studied at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technical University of Lviv. In 1925, he became a reserve officer and in World War II served as lieutenant. As a POW he was interned in the officers’ camps in Gross-Born and Woldenberg, where he participated in “Olympic Games” in the Olympic year 1944. After the war, he worked for construction companies in Poland, specializing in heating and ventilation. In 1959 he emigrated to Norway, where he got a job in a company dealing with sanitary installations.

As an athlete, he was a middle distance runner winning the 1.500 m at the 1923 Polish Championship, when he also came second in the 800 m. In 1925 he set a national record for the 1.000 m. As a skier, he was national runner-up in the 50 km in 1930.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Winter 26 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Poland POL 27

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R I6T I6R I7T I7R
1928 Winter 26 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Poland Final Standings 27 6-11:08 28:15 27 55:36 25 1-33:32 25 2-00:13 24 2-32:04 23 4-38:56 27 5-35:13 27
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