Helena Pilejczyk

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Helena Pilejczyk
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Personal information
Birth name Helena Majcher
Born (1931-04-01) 1 April 1931 (age 86)
Zieluń, Poland
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 51 kg (112 lb)
Sport
Country Poland
Sport Speed skating

Helena Pilejczyk (née Majcher; born 1 April 1931), is a Polish speed skater with a remarkably long career.

Helena Pilejczyk is best known as Olympic Bronze Medal winner on the 1,500 m in Squaw Valley (1960), but the length of her career might be a bigger claim to fame. Her first appearance at the Polish national Championships speed skating was - as far as we can research at the moment - in 1953,[1] the last time she could be seen skating internationally was during the masters games of 2002, where she competed in the category for female skaters 70 years and above.[2] In her long career she achieved 40 Polish skating records and won 37 Polish titles for distance, allround and relay race events.[3]

Results[edit]

Participations
Year Polish Allround Polish Distance Wch
Allround
Winter
Olympics
1953 > 5th 5th 1500m
4th 5000m
1954 2nd 1st 500m
2nd 3000m
2nd 1000m
2nd 5000m
1956 1st 1st 500m
1st 1500m
1st 1000m
1st 3000m
1957 1st 2nd 500m
1st 1500m
1st 1000m
1st 3000m
9th
1958 1st 1st 500m
1st 1500m
1st 1000m
1st 3000m
5th
1960 5th 12th 500m
3rd 1500m
5th 1000m
6th 3000m
1961 2nd 3rd 500m
2nd 1500m
2nd 1000m
2nd 3000m
7th
1962 1st 1st 500m
1st 1500m
1st 1000m
1st 3000m
NC17
1963 2nd 2nd 500m
1st 1500m
2nd 1000m
2nd 3000m
NC25
1964 3rd 500m
3rd 1500m
3rd 1000m
3rd 3000m
23rd 500m
25th 1500m
15th 1000m
26th 3000m
1965 8th
1966 4th 2nd 1500m
3rd 1000m
1967 3rd
1968 2nd 5th 500m
2nd 1500m
3rd 1000m
2nd 3000m
NC32
1969 1st 3rd 500m
1st 1500m
2nd 1000m
1st 3000m
NC24
1970 2nd 3rd 500m
2nd 1500m
3rd 1000m
1st 3000m
1971 1st 3rd 500m
1st 1500m
1st 1000m
1st 3000m
NC26
1972 4th 5th 500m
2nd 1500m
5th 1000m
1st 3000m
medal count
Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics 1
World Allround
European Championships
Polish Allround 6 5 1
Polish Distance 24 16 11

Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Distance Time Place Date
500 m 47.8 Karuizawa 21 February 1963
1,000 m 1:35.8 Squaw Valley 22 February 1960
1,500 m 2:27.1 Squaw Valley 21 February 1960
3,000 m 5:15.2 Zakopane 29 December 1969
5,000 m 10:06.2 Medeo 22 January 1955
Mini
combination
199.766 Zakopane 5/6 January 1971
Old
combination
229.387 Medeo 21/22 January 1955
Best times in Poland
Distance Time Place Date
500 m 47.8 Zakopane 11 January 1964
1,000 m 1:37.4 Zakopane 6 January 1971
1,500 m 2:29.04 Zakopane 5 February 1972
3,000 m 5:15.2 Zakopane 29 December 1969
5,000 m 10:35.6 Zakopane 6 February 1954
Mini
combination
199.766 Zakopane 5/6 January 1971
Old
combination
236.353 Zakopane 5/6 February 1954

References[edit]

Notes
Bibliography
  • Eng, Trond and Koolhaas, Marnix. National All Time & Encyclopedia, Men/Ladies as at 1.7.1986. Issue No.5 "Eastern Europe". Degernes, Norway: WSSSA-Skøytenytt, 1986.
  • Żemantowski, Jacek. Lyżwiarski Jubileusz: 80 lat Polski Związek Lyżwiarstwa Szybkiego. Warszawa, Poland: PZLS, 2001.
  • Zieleśkiewicz, Władysław. Encyklopedia sportów zimowych. Warszawa, Poland: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 2001. ISBN 83-01-13555-7.

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