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Alois Kälin

Full name: Alois Kälin
Nickname(s): Wisel
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: April 13, 1939 in Einsiedeln, Schwyz, Switzerland
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing, Nordic Combined

Related Olympians: Brother of Stefan Kälin.

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Alois Kälin developed his skiing talents during the mid-to-late 1950s and earned his first national title in 1958. His first major international tournament was the 1962 World Championships, where he failed to reach the podium, and he followed this up with an appearance at the 1964 Winter Olympics, where he was 12th in the Nordic combined and 20th and 9th in cross-country skiing’s 50 km and 4x10 km relay respectively. He finally achieved success at the 1966 Nordic Ski World Championships, where he took bronze in the Nordic combined. He then entered the 1968 Winter Olympics as a favourite alongside West Germany’s Franz Keller, the 1966 silver medalist (the 1966 gold medalist, Georg Thoma, had retired). In the Nordic combined event, Keller won the ski jumping portion, while Kälin was victorious in the 15 km, but the latter’s poor score in the jumping cost him the gold. Nonetheless Kälin’s silver was the first Olympic Nordic combined medal won by Switzerland. He also finished 5th in the 4x10 km relay and 23rd in the 50 km at these Games.

Kälin’s Olympic career, however, was not yet over. At the 1972 edition, after placing 7th in the 30 km and 17th in the 15 km, he joined Albert Giger, Edi Hauser, and Fredel Kälin to win a bronze medal in the 4x10 km relay, Switzerland’s first Olympic medal in the cross-country skiing relay. He remains, as of 2010, the last skier to win medals in both Nordic combined and cross-country skiing. After retiring from active competition, he entered the business world and, as of 2014, operates a sporting goods store in Einsiedeln.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Men's Individual Switzerland SUI 12
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Switzerland SUI 20
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Switzerland SUI 9
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Nordic Combined Men's Individual Switzerland SUI 2 Silver
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Switzerland SUI 23
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Switzerland SUI 5
1972 Winter 32 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Switzerland SUI 17
1972 Winter 32 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Switzerland SUI 7
1972 Winter 32 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Switzerland SUI 3 Bronze

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1972 Winter 32 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 17 46:50.31 15:10.01 9 31:47.75 11

Men's Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Switzerland Final Standings 12 413.23
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Switzerland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill 28 159.9
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Switzerland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 1 31 non-scoring/fall 61.7 67.0 50.2 11.5 4.0 4.0 5.0 5.5 5.0
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Switzerland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 2 26 81.6 59.0 39.4 42.2 13.0 13.5 13.5 13.0 13.0
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Switzerland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 3 28 78.3 54.0 36.1 42.2 12.0 13.5 13.0 13.0 11.0
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Switzerland Cross Country Skiing, 15 kilometres 1 253.33 49:12.8 17:48 1 34:53 1
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Nordic Combined Switzerland Final Standings 2 447.99
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Nordic Combined Switzerland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill 24 193.2
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Nordic Combined Switzerland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 1 38 non-scoring 73.1 61.0 42.6 30.5 11.0 10.0 9.0 10.5 10.0
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Nordic Combined Switzerland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 2 21T 97.8 71.0 58.3 39.5 12.5 14.0 14.0 12.5 13.0
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Nordic Combined Switzerland Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 3 17T 95.4 69.5 54.9 40.5 13.5 13.0 13.0 14.0 14.0
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Nordic Combined Switzerland Cross Country Skiing, 15 kilometres 1 254.79 47:21.5 16:26.6 1 33:55.3 1

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1972 Winter 32 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 7 1-38:40.72 30:37.26 4 1-06:26.86 8

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 20 2-56:30.5 35:22 20 1-23:35 20 2-01:25 20
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 23 2-36:40.8 50:28.0 26 1-15:58.2 25 2-09:35.2 22

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Switzerland SUI Final Standings 9 37:05.1 1-14:37.8 7
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Switzerland SUI Final Standings 5 34:17.2 2-15:32.4 5
1972 Winter 32 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Switzerland SUI Final Standings 3 31:13.11 1-34:48.01 4
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