Poland at the 1956 Winter Olympics

Poland competed at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Franciszek Gąsienica Groń won Poland's first ever medal at the Winter Olympic Games.

Poland at the
1956 Winter Olympics
Flag of Poland (1928–1980).svg
IOC codePOL
NOCPolish Olympic Committee
Websitewww.pkol.pl (in Polish)
in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Competitors51 (44 men, 7 women) in 6 sports
Medals
Ranked 12th
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
1
Total
1
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Austria (1908–1912)
 Russian Empire (1912)

MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event Date
  Bronze Franciszek Gąsienica Groń Nordic combined Men's individual January 31

Alpine skiingEdit

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jan Zarycki Downhill DSQ
Andrzej Gąsienica Roj 3:09.3 15
Andrzej Gąsienica Roj Giant Slalom 3:48.6 54
Józef Marusarz 3:29.3 35
Włodzimierz Czarniak 3:24.2 28
Jan Zarycki 3:22.3 23
Jan Zarycki Slalom DSQ DSQ
Andrzej Gąsienica Roj 1:50.6 37 2:05.2 18 3:55.8 23
Jan Gąsienica Ciaptak 1:33.8 17 2:06.2 20 3:40.0 16
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Maria Gąsienica Daniel-Szatkowska Downhill DNF
Maria Kowalska 1:51.9 19
Barbara Grocholska 1:51.7 17
Maria Gąsienica Daniel-Szatkowska Giant Slalom 2:10.9 35
Barbara Grocholska 2:05.5 30
Maria Kowalska 2:02.8 20
Maria Gąsienica Daniel-Szatkowska Slalom DSQ DSQ
Maria Kowalska 58.7 8 1:23.0 30 2:21.7 22

BobsleighEdit

Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
POL-1 Aleksy Konieczny
Zbigniew Skowroński
Two-man 1:27.21 16 1:27.23 21 1:27.87 20 1:28.54 18 5:50.85 19
POL-2 Stefan Ciapała
Aleksander Habala
Two-man 1:27.70 21 1:26.49 15 1:26.24 13 1:25.92 10 5:46.35 16
Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
POL-1 Stefan Ciapała
Jerzy Olesiak
Józef Szymański
Aleksander Habala
Four-man 1:19.95 12 1:20.25 14 1:21.10 14 1:22.19 19 5:23.49 15
POL-2 Aleksy Konieczny
Zygmunt Konieczny
Włodzimierz Źróbik
Zbigniew Skowroński (both participated...
Jan Dąbrowski ...in two runs)
Four-man n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 5:28.40 21

Cross-country skiingEdit

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
15 km Józef Gąsienica Sobczak 56:39 44
Józef Rubiś 54:47 34
Andrzej Mateja 53:42 23
Tadeusz Kwapień 52:45 16
30 km Stanisław Bukowski 1'56:26 29
Józef Rubiś 1'53:57 23
Tadeusz Kwapień 1'49:09 12
50 km Stanisław Bukowski 3'10:49 13
Men's 4 × 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Józef Rubiś
Józef Gąsienica Sobczak
Tadeusz Kwapień
Andrzej Mateja
2'25:55 9
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
10 km Helena Gąsienica Daniel 43:09 24
Zofia Krzeptowska 41:37 18
Józefa Czerniawska-Pęksa 41:28 17
Maria Gąsienica Bukowa-Kowalska 41:09 16
Women's 3 x 5 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Maria Gąsienica Bukowa-Kowalska
Józefa Czerniawska-Pęksa
Zofia Krzeptowska
1'13:20 5

Ice hockeyEdit

Group BEdit

Top two teams advanced to Medal Round.

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1   Czechoslovakia 2 2 0 0 12 6 4
2   United States 2 1 1 0 7 4 2
3   Poland 2 0 2 0 3 12 0
  • USA 4-0 Poland
  • Czechoslovakia 8-3 Poland

Games for 7th-10th placesEdit

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
7   Italy 3 3 0 0 21 7 6
8   Poland 3 2 1 0 12 10 4
9    Switzerland 3 1 2 0 12 18 2
10   Austria 3 0 3 0 9 19 0
  • Poland 6-2 Switzerland
  • Poland 4-3 Austria
  • Italy 5-2 Poland
Contestants
Władysław Pabisz
Edward Kocząb
Janusz Zawadzki
Kazimierz Chodakowski
Stanisław Olczyk
Mieczysław Chmura
Henryk Bromowicz
Józef Kurek
Zdzisław Nowak
Szymon Janiczko
Adolf Wróbel
Kazimierz Bryniarski
Marian Herda
Hilary Skarżyński
Bronisław Gosztyła
Rudolf Czech
Alfred Wróbel

Nordic combinedEdit

Events:

  • normal hill ski jumping (Three jumps, best two counted and shown here.)
  • 15 km cross-country skiing
Athlete Event Ski Jumping Cross-country Total
Distance 1 Distance 2 Points Rank Time Points Rank Points Rank
Józef Daniel Krzeptowski Individual 62.0 60.5 173.5 33 1'00:48 222.600 18 396.100 29
Jan Raszka 65.0 64.5 182.5 29 1'05:15 205.400 32 387.900 32
Franciszek Gąsienica Groń 72.5 71.5 203.0 10 57:55 233.800 7 436.800  
Aleksander Kowalski 74.0 75.0 210.5 5 1'03:37 211.700 29 422.200 15

Ski jumpingEdit

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Rank Distance Points Rank Points Rank
Józef Huczek Normal hill 70.5 95.5 28 67.0 89.5 36 185.0 30
Władysław Tajner 74.0 98.0 26 76.5 103.0 12 201.0 16
Roman Gąsienica Sieczka 77.5 101.5 21 71.5 88.0 40 189.5 25
Andrzej Gąsienica Daniel 78.0 102.0 18 74.5 96.5 22 198.5 20

ReferencesEdit