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Fredel Kälin

Full name: Alfred "Fredel" Kälin
Gender: Male
Height: 14-1 (169 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: January 16, 1949
Affiliations: SC Einsiedeln, Einsiedeln (SUI)
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Brother of Franz Kälin.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Fredel Kälin represented Switzerland at international cross-country skiing events throughout the 1970s. One of his earliest major results was fifth in the 4x10 km relay at the 1970 World Championships, but he found more success at the 1972 Winter Olympics. After finishing 17th in the 30 km event, he joined Albert Giger, Edi Hauser, and Alois Kälin in winning a bronze medal in the 4x10 km relay, which was Switzerland’s first Olympic medal in the cross-country skiing relay.

The Olympics were Fredel Kälin’s greatest success on the international stage\: he was sixth in the 4x10 km relay at the 1974 World Championships and fifth, 27th, and 29th in the 4x10 km relay, 15 km, and 30 km events respectively at the 1976 Winter Olympics. He also won Switzerland’s prestigious Engadin Skimarathon in 1974. After retiring from active competition, Kälin entered the insurance business and became heavily interested in golf and course building.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Winter 23 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Switzerland SUI 17
1972 Winter 23 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Switzerland SUI 3 Bronze
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Switzerland SUI 27
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Switzerland SUI 29
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Switzerland SUI 5

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 27 47:05.39 22:47.58 27 34:42.55 29

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1972 Winter 23 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 17 1-41:35.34 31:46.27 24 1-08:27.38 18
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 29 1-36:09.97 32:41.88 17 1-06:40.53 37

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1972 Winter 23 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Switzerland SUI Final Standings 3 31:54.76 31:54.76 4
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Switzerland SUI Final Standings 5 31:54.12 2-11:28.53 5
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