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Stanislaw Marusarz - Talented Skier from Zakopane

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Stanislaw Marusarz (1913 – 1993) was a Polish nordic skier often also regarded as one of the greatest Polish ski jumpers. Winning a silver medal in the ski jump at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, he was the first Pole to have even been rewarded with a medal at the championships. Marusarz was such a talented skier that he was said to be the best Nordic combiner after the Norwegians at the beginning of the 20th century. His first international success was the 1935 world record at the longest ski jump (87.5 m). Other successes followed. Marusarz competed in five Winter Olympic Games and in many other ski events. Altogether, he made over 10,000 ski jumps and gained as many as 17 titles of the Polish champion in ski jump, the nordic combined, down hill skiing and the alpine combined and once the vice-champion title in the ski jump in 1938. The last Winter Olympic Games Marusarz participated in were in Cortina d'Ampezo, where he ski jumped at the age of 43. Being the oldest professional skier in the world, he was nicknamed ''Grandpa'' (Dziadek). However, it was not his last ski jump. 10 years later, during the opening ceremony of the Four Hills Tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Marusarz, warmly supported by his fans, ski jumped 66 m (being 53 years old!). The Great Krokiew ski jump in Zakopane was named after this talented Polish skier.He was born in Zakopane, where he died in 1993 and was buried at the Peksowy Brzyzek Cemetery.


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