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Maria Gąsienica Bukowa-Kowalska

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMaria•Gąsienica Bukowa-Kowalska
Used nameMaria•Gąsienica Bukowa-Kowalska
Born2 January 1936 in Kościelisko, Małopolskie (POL)
Died27 December 2020 in Kościelisko, Małopolskie (POL)
Measurements165 cm / 65 kg
AffiliationsKolejarz Zakopane
NOC Poland


Maria Gąsienica Bukowa-Kowalska was a cross-country skier who raced at the 1956 Cortina Winter Olympics, helping Poland to a fifth-place finish in the relay. She was a five-time Polish Champion and placed fourth at the 1958 World Championships. Gąsienica Bukowa-Kowalska was with Kolejarz Zakopane from 1952-58 and SNPTT Zakopane in 1959-60. In later life she worked as a ski instructor but also became known as a poet.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) POL Maria Gąsienica Bukowa-Kowalska
10 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 16
3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women (Olympic) Poland 5

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