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Franz Klammer

Full name: Franz Klammer
Nickname(s): Klammer Express, Kaiser Franz
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: December 3, 1953 in Mooswald, Kärnten, Austria
Affiliations: WSV Unterdrautal, Feistritz an der Drau (AUT)
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Franz Klammer ranks as one of the best downhill skiers of all time, having won the downhill World Cup a record five times (1975-1978, 1983). Of his 26 World Cup victories, 25 came in the downhill, while also winning one combined race in 1976. In major championships, Klammer won the combined at the 1974 World Championships in St. Moritz, while placing second in the downhill. Two years later, he excited the Austrian crowd by winning the Olympic downhill, beating Bernhard Russi's time in the final part of the course. After his 1978 World Cup win, Klammer's performances stagnated for several years, not winning a World Cup race until 1981. In 1984, Klammer won the downhill at Kitzbühel (*Hahnenkammrennen*) a record fourth time, after three consecutive wins 1975-1977. Franz Klammer was Sportsman of the Year in Austria three times: 1975, 1976 and 1983..

Following his 1985 skiing retirement, Klammer switched to auto racing, competing four seasons in the German Touring Car Championships (DTM), with limited success, although he did become Touring Car Champion in Austria. He later founded the Franz Klammer Foundation to support disabled athletes, in honor of his brother, who had a severe skiing accident in 1977, which left him wheelchair bound. In 2003 Franz Klammer’s autobiography 50 Golden Years and another biography by Adi Kornfeld titled Franz Klammer: Ein Leben wie ein Roman (A Life like a Storybook) were published. Today, Klammer work's as a skiing consultant and is ambassador for the United Nations. He also worked on the failed bid by Klagenfurt for the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Austria AUT 1 Gold
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Austria AUT AC DNF
1984 Winter 30 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Austria AUT 10

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 1 1:45.73
1984 Winter 30 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 10 1:47.04

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings AC DNF
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Austria Run 1 AC DNF
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