Stanisław Szozda

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Stanisław Szozda
Stanisław Szozda.jpg
Szozda between 1971 and 1977.
Personal information
Born(1950-09-25)25 September 1950
Dobromierz, Poland
Died23 September 2013(2013-09-23) (aged 62)
Wrocław, Poland
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
ClubLKS Prudnik (1964-1970)
Legia Warszawa (1971-1972)
LZS Zieloni Opole (1972-1973)
LKS Ziemia Opolska (1973-1979).
Medal record
Representing  Poland
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1972 Munich Team time trial
Silver medal – second place 1976 Montreal Team time trial
World championships
Gold medal – first place 1973 Barcelona Team time trial
Gold medal – first place 1975 Mettet and Yvoir Team time trial
Silver medal – second place 1973 Barcelona Road race
Bronze medal – third place 1971 Mendrisio Team time trial
Bronze medal – third place 1977 San Cristóbal Team time trial

Stanisław Szozda (25 September 1950 – 23 September 2013) was an elite Polish cyclist.[1] He had his best achievements in the 100 km team time trial. In this event he won two silver medals at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics,[2] as well as two gold and two bronze medals at the world championships in 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1977. He was less successful in the individual road race, finishing in 76th and 11th place at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, respectively, and winning a silver medal at the 1973 UCI Road World Championships.[3][4]

At the age of 9, Szozda moved to Prudnik with his family. Here he graduated from primary school (1964) and agricultural engineering (1969). He took his first cycling steps in Zarzewie Prudnik (1967–1970) under the supervision of Franciszek Surmiński.[5]

In 1974, he won the Tour de Bretagne Cycliste, both individually and in the team competition. He also won the Tour de Pologne in 1971,[6] Tour of Algeria in 1973, Peace Race in 1974, and Tour of Małopolska in 1976. He finished second in the Peace Race in 1976 and first in 1973 with the Polish team.[3][4]

He suffered a career-ending spinal injury after a fall during the 1978 Peace Race.

After retiring from competitions he worked as a trainer in the United States with Eddie Borysewicz, and after returning to Poland did not follow the traditional route of becoming a cycling coach. He was married to Grażyna Szozda; they have a daughter Natalia and a son Radosław. Szozda was awarded the Order of Polonia Restituta.[4]


  1. ^ "Stanislaw Szozda, Olympic medalist and former world cycling champion from Poland, dies at 62". The Washington Post. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 24 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  2. ^ Stanisław Szozda.
  3. ^ a b Stanislaw Szozda.
  4. ^ a b c SZOZDA STANISŁAW Archived 29 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Polish Olympic Committee
  6. ^ "Tour de Pologne". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 28 March 2015.

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