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Agata Danuta Mróz-Olszewska (7 April 1982 – 4 June 2008) was a Polish volleyball player, a member of the Poland women's national volleyball team in 1997–2007, double European Champion (Turkey 2003, Croatia 2005). She died of an infection following a bone marrow transplant to treat Myelodysplastic syndrome, which she had suffered from since the age of 17.

Agata Mróz-Olszewska
Agata Mróz by Paweł Strykowski.jpg
Personal information
Full nameAgata Mróz-Olszewska (née Mróz)
NationalityPolish
Born(1982-04-07)April 7, 1982
Dąbrowa Tarnowska, Poland
DiedJune 4, 2008(2008-06-04) (aged 26)
Wrocław, Poland
HometownTarnów, Poland
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Spike315 cm (124 in)
Block304 cm (120 in)
Volleyball information
PositionMiddle-blocker
Number11
Career
YearsTeams
1995–1997
1997–2000
2002–2003
2003–2006
2006–2007
Poland Tarnovia Tarnów
Poland SMS PZPS Sosnowiec
Poland AZS Ostrowiec Św.
Poland BKS Bielsko-Biała
Spain CAV Murcia 2005
National team
1997–2007Poland Poland
Last updated: 27 May 2014

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Personal lifeEdit

Agata was born in Dąbrowa Tarnowska, but raised in Tarnów. Her sister Katarzyna is a volleyball player and her brother Paweł a basketball player. On June 9, 2007 she married Jacek Olszewski. Since the age of 17, she suffered myelodysplastic syndrome. In 2007, she gave up her volleyball career because of her bone marrow disease, and began treatment. On January 12, 2008 she announced she was pregnant, and that as a result she could not change treatment. Their daughter Liliana was born prematurely on April 4, 2008.[1]

On May 22, 2008 she had a bone marrow transplant in the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation, Oncology and Hematology of the Medical University in Wrocław.[2] She died fourteen days later from sepsis and septic shock.[3] Her funeral was held on her first wedding anniversary, June 9, 2008.

CareerEdit

ClubsEdit

Olszewska-Mróz began her career in Tarnovia Tarnów, then moved to SMS Sosnowiec, WSBiP Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski and BKS Stal Bielsko-Biała, where she was twice champion of Poland (2003 and 2004). She also played for the Spanish team Grupo 2002 Murcia, winning both the Championship of Spain and the Cup of Spain tournament (2007).

National teamEdit

She was one of the main competitors in the team led by coach Andrzej Niemczyk. She won two gold medals with the Polish national team at the European Championships: Turkey 2003 and Croatia 2005. On November 22, 2005 received a state award granted by the Polish President - Gold Cross of Merit for her contribution to the development of sport.

Sporting achievementsEdit

MemorialEdit

Despite the latter posthumous award (badge), her husband did not accept it. He stated that the doctors who helped Agata should receive the distinction. On May 11, 2012 was the premiere of a film Nad życie about Agata Mroz-Olszewska, her private life, illness, marriage and the birth of her daughter.[5] During the wedding scene among the guests appeared husband Jacek and daughter Liliana.

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