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Zdzisław Motyka

Full name: Zdzisław Motyka
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: January 23, 1907 in Zakopane, Małopolskie, Poland
Died: March 21, 1969 in Cracow, Małopolskie, Poland
Affiliations: SN PTT Zakopane, Zakopane (POL)
Country: POL Poland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Cousin of Stanisław Motyka.

Biography

Zdzisław Motyka was one of the best Polish skiers between the wars. He was twice Polish 18 km Champion (1930-31) and in the relay (1927-28) as well as three times in the 50 km (1929-1931). He also took part in the 1930 World Championships. During the summer seasons he competed in long distance track and cross-country running, up to the marathon distance, as a preparation for the winter season. In running he achieved a number of podium places at Polish Championships. During his stay in the United States for the 1932 Winter Olympics, he allegedly broke the world record for climbing the stairs of the Empire State Building up to the 102nd floor. After his active career he worked as a coach, and ran a sporting goods store in Zakopane. After World War II, he served as a judge and sports official.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Winter 21 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Poland POL 23
1932 Winter 25 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Poland POL 32
1932 Winter 25 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Poland POL AC DNF

Men's 18 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Winter 21 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Poland Final Standings 23 1-58:10
1932 Winter 25 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Poland Final Standings 32 1-41:58

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1932 Winter 25 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Poland Final Standings AC DNF
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