Full name: Otto Furrer
Born: October 19, 1903 in Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland
Died: July 26, 1951 in Monte Cervino, Aosta, Italy
Affiliations: Skiclub Zermatt, Zermatt (SUI)
Sport: Cross Country Skiing
Otto Furrer competed in cross-country skiing at the 1928 Olympics, and helped Switzerland place third in the military ski patrol demonstration event, but he was a better Alpine skiier, in the early years of that sport. At the first Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1931 Furrer won a silver medal in the downhill. In 1932 at the Worlds in Cortina d’Ampezzo he won three medals, with a gold in the combined, a silver in the slalom, and bronze in the downhill. He also won a bronze medal in combined at the 1933 World Championships. In Arlberg-Kandahar racing Furrer won the combined, slalom, and downhill in 1931, 1932, and 1934.
After retiring from competition, Furrer co-founded the ski resort of Zermatt, Switzerland. He founded the ski school at Zermatt in 1935 and was its director until his death in 1951. Furrer was known as a pioneer among ski and mountain guides. Furrer died in a fall when one of his ropes broke while climbing on the Matterhorn.
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