Maria Ivanovna Gusakova née Kudimov (Russian: Мария Ивановна Гусакова née Кудимова, born February 2, 1931 in Timoshkin, died May 8, 2022) - Russian ski runner representing the Soviet Union, triple Olympic medalist and triple Olympic medalist.
Her Olympic debut was the Games at Squaw Valley in 1960. There she won a gold medal in a 10 km run using the classic technique. Moreover, together with Radja Jeroszyna and Lubow Baranowa, she won a silver medal in the 3x5 km relay race. Four years later, during the Olympic Games in Innsbruck, she won the bronze medal in the 10 km run, succumbing only to two of her countrymen: the winner of Kławdia Bojarski and the second at the finish line, Jewdokia Miekszyło. It was her only start at the Olympics and the last Olympic start in her career.
In 1958, she started at the world championships in Lahti, where she took sixth place in the 10 km classic race. She also competed at the world championships in Zakopane. Together with Alewtina Kołczina and Lubov Baranowa, she won the gold medal in the relay race. In addition, in the 10 km run she won a silver medal, second only to Kołchina, and in the 5 km run she was only overtaken by Kołchina and Baranowa, so Gusakova won a bronze medal. She did not take part in the next championships.
In addition, she won the title of the champion of the Soviet Union six times, winning 5 km in 1961, 10 km in 1960 and 1961 and in the relay race in 1958, 1962 and 1966. In 1960 she was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor.
Her husband Nikolai represented the Soviet Union in nordic combined.
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