Kazimierz Lipień

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Kazimierz Lipień
Gholam Reza Kassoob vs Kazimierz Lipień 1976.jpg
Lipień (right) in 1976
Personal information
Born6 February 1949
Jaczków, Poland[1]
Died13 November 2005 (aged 56)
New York City, U.S.
Height164 cm (5 ft 5 in)
SportGreco-Roman wrestling
ClubMKS Jelenia Góra
Wisłoki Dębica[1]
Coached byCzeslaw Korzen (personal)[2]
Janusz Tracewski (national)[3]

Kazimierz Lipień (6 February 1949 – 13 November 2005) was a featherweight Greco-Roman wrestler from Poland. He competed at the 1972, 1976 and 1980 Olympics and placed third, first and sixth, respectively. Between 1971 and 1979 he collected 12 medals at the world and European championships, including five gold medals. His twin brother Józef was also an Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler.[1][2]

Lipień was born in a large family, and besides Józef had four brothers, Edward, Stanisław, Bogdan and Zbigniew, and two sisters, Ewa and Michalina. He graduated from a technical school in 1972, and in 1980 received a coaching degree in Warsaw. In 1981 he moved to Sweden, where he won three national titles (in 1981 and 1985 in Greco-Roman and in 1982 in freestyle wrestling) and trained wrestlers at various clubs for ten years. In 1991 he returned to Poland and headed the national junior wrestling team. He died in the United States, and was survived by wife Antonina and sons Peter and Jacob.[3]