Jan Gąsienica Ciaptak

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJan•Gąsienica Ciaptak
Used nameJan•Gąsienica Ciaptak
Born17 December 1922 in Zakopane, Małopolskie (POL)
Died29 October 2009 in Zakopane, Małopolskie (POL)
AffiliationsSN PTT Zakopane, Zakopane (POL) / Legia Zakopane, Zakopane (POL)
NOC Poland

Biography

A Zakopane native, Jan Gąsienica Ciaptak was an allround skier, competing in both Alpine and Nordic events. At the first of his three Olympics, he competed in both alpine skiing and ski jumping, but chose to focus on his specialty - alpine skiing - in the future. His best international result came in 1954, when Gąsienica Ciaptak placed 8th in the World Championship combined event at Åre, Sweden. He won a total of 28 Polish titles in his career, which lasted until 1966, when he retired at age 44. Later becoming a coach, he saw his son follow in his footsteps: Maciej Gąsienica Ciaptak competed in two World Championships, won gold in slalom and silver in combined at the 1978 Winter Universiade, and captured 25 Polish national championships.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) POL Jan Gąsienica Ciaptak
Downhill, Men (Olympic) 37
Slalom, Men (Olympic) DNF
Combined, Men (Olympic) 31
Ski Jumping (Skiing) POL Jan Gąsienica Ciaptak
Large Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 36
1952 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) POL Jan Gąsienica Ciaptak
Slalom, Men (Olympic) AC r2/2
1956 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) POL Jan Gąsienica Ciaptak
Downhill, Men (Olympic) DNS
Slalom, Men (Olympic) 16