Ryszard Szurkowski

Ryszard Jan Szurkowski (born 12 January 1946 in Świebodów) is a retired road bicycle racer from Poland.

Ryszard Szurkowski
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Personal information
Full nameRyszard Jan Szurkowski
Born (1946-01-12) 12 January 1946 (age 74)
Świebodów, Poland
Team information
Major wins
Copy of R. Szurkowski medal and autograph in Sports Star Avenue in Dziwnów

He won twice Olympic silver medal in team time trial at Munich 1972 and Montreal 1976.[1][2]

Szurkowski won three gold medals and silver one in World Cycling Amateur Championships at Barcelona 1973, Montreal 1974, and Mettet 1975.

He won four times a cycling event The Peace Race in 1970, 1971, 1973, and 1975 and Dookoła Mazowsza in 1977 and 1978.

His son, Norbert, died in the September 11 attacks.

In 2018, Szurkowski crashed during a bike race in Germany at 40 km/h. He suffered serious injuries, incl. crushed spinal cord that left him paralyzed. After 5 months of therapy, he regained some of the sensation in his toes.


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