May 28, 2022
Marija Ivanovna Gusakova (Russian Мария Ивановна Гусакова, February 6, 1931 - May 8, 2022) was a Soviet cross-country skier and Olympic champion. The competition ended in a quadruple victory for the Soviet Union. Previously, the Soviet Union had not won all medals in one sport at the Winter Olympics. Gusakova received a silver 3 × 5 kilometer message as the skier of the second leg. Sweden escaped in the first leg when Soviet Radja Jerošina crashed and broke down his skis and did not get a new ski to replace him fast enough. He won the World Championship in a post where he once again skied the second leg. At the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck, Gusakova won bronze for 10 kilometers, culminating in a triple victory for the Soviet Union. He was no longer selected for the messaging team.