Maria Gusakova

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Maria Gusakova
Medal record
Women's cross-country skiing
Representing  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1960 Squaw Valley 10 km
Silver medal – second place 1960 Squaw Valley 3 × 5 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 1964 Innsbruck 10 km
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1962 Zakopane 3 × 5 km relay
Silver medal – second place 1962 Zakopane 10 km
Bronze medal – third place 1962 Zakopane 5 km

Maria Ivanovna Gusakova (Russian: Мари́я Ива́новна Гусако́ва; 2 February 1931 – 8 May 2022)[1] was a Soviet cross-country skier who competed from the late 1950s to the early 1960s for VSS Spartak. She won a complete set of Winter Olympic medals with a gold in the 10 km (1960), a silver in the 3 × 5 km relay (1960), and a bronze in the 10 km (1964). Gusakova also earned a complete set of medals at the 1962 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a gold in the 3 × 5 km relay, a silver in the 10 km, and a bronze in the 5 km. Her husband Nikolay Gusakov also competed at the 1960 Winter Olympics and claimed bronze in Nordic combined event.[2]

Biography

She was born in the village of Timoshkino, Shilovsky District, Ryazan Oblast.

Career

She made her international debut at the 1958 World Championships and placed at tenth position in 10km event.

She made her Olympic debut representing Soviet Union at the 1960 Summer Olympics and during when she made her Olympic debut, she wasn't considered as the top Soviet skier and wasn't a favorite or contention to win a medal at 1960 Olympics.[2] But much to everyone's surprise, she defied the odds to win gold in the cross-country skiing women's 10km event at the 1960 Winter Olympics and managed to outclass her fellow Soviet skiers including Lyubov Kozyreva, Radya Yeroshina and Alevtina Kolchina with a strong finish.[2] She was actually trialling around 23 minutes behind the leader at the halfway point but managed to claim the gold in dramatic finish.[3] This eventually also marked the first instance for Soviet Union for a podium finish at an Olympic event with Soviet skiers clean sweeping the 10km event.[4]

She also added another medal to her tally at 1960 Olympics by claiming a silver 3 × 5 km relay event.[5] She made her second Olympic appearance representing Soviet Union at the 1964 Winter Olympics. During the 1964 Winter Olympics, she won the bronze medal in the women's 10 km event; her third and final Olympic medal of her career.[6]

She won a total of six Soviet national titles in her career including 10km in 1960 and 1961, 5km in 1960 and relay in 1958, 1962 and 1966.[3]

Cross-country skiing results

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[7]

Olympic Games

  • 3 medals – (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   5 km   10 km   3 × 5 km 
 relay 
1960 29 N/A Gold Silver
1964 33 Bronze

World Championships

  • 3 medals – (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   5 km   10 km   3 × 5 km 
 relay 
1958 27 N/A 6
1962 31 Bronze Silver Gold

References

  1. ^ Олимпийская чемпионка по лыжным гонкам Мария Гусакова умерла в Петербурге (in Russian)
  2. ^ a b c "Mariya Gusakova Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". 2016-12-03. Archived from the original on 2016-12-03. Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  3. ^ a b https://www.olympic.org/mariya-gusakova
  4. ^ "Cross Country Skiing at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games: Women's 10 kilometres | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". 2017-06-09. Archived from the original on 2017-06-09. Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  5. ^ "Cross Country Skiing at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games: Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". 2017-06-10. Archived from the original on 2017-06-10. Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  6. ^ "Cross Country Skiing at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games: Women's 10 kilometres | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". 2017-06-09. Archived from the original on 2017-06-09. Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  7. ^ "GUSAKOVA Maria". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 23 December 2019.

External links


Privacy Policy