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Franz Krienbühl

Full name: Franz Krienbühl
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: March 24, 1929 in Baar, Zug, Switzerland
Died: April 13, 2002
Affiliations: EC Zürich, Zürich (SUI)
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Franz Krienbühl cut a remarkable figure on the speedskating rinks during the late 1960s and 70s. He made his first international appearance at the 1968 Winter Olympics, having only discovered skating when 30-years-old. He competed internationally until 1977 and in those 10 years was a hugely popular figure, especially in the Netherlands. Occasionally the referee would have to ask him to stop skating laps of honor after his last race at an international meet, in order to be able to continue the competition. His best international performance was at the 10,000m in 1976 in Innsbruck where we finished eighth. His last prize was that of 1984 Swiss National Champion, at the age of 55! Initially ridiculed for his poor skating and his un-athletic style, he turned out to be a valuable contributor to the progress of speedskating and sports, as the designer and first user of the one-piece skin suit. He also contributed to the skate development. The last 13 years of his life Krienbuhl's health was very poor, the result of a cycling accident in 1989 and a cerebral infarct during the following operation. Krienbühl was multi-talented, as he was not only a sportsman and inventor, but an architect and musician (clarinet) as well.

Personal Bests: 500 - 41.78 (1978); 1000 - 1.22.19 (1976); 1500 - 2.03.95 (1976); 5000 - 7.30.03 (1976); 10000 - 15.36.43 (1976).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Winter 38 Grenoble Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Switzerland SUI 48
1968 Winter 38 Grenoble Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Switzerland SUI 34
1976 Winter 46 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Switzerland SUI 27
1976 Winter 46 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Switzerland SUI 17
1976 Winter 46 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Switzerland SUI 8

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1968 Winter 38 Grenoble Speed Skating Switzerland Final Standings 48 2:16.3 28 1:02 1:38
1976 Winter 46 Innsbruck Speed Skating Switzerland Final Standings 27 2:12.52 26.85 59.41 1:34.84

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1968 Winter 38 Grenoble Speed Skating Switzerland Final Standings 34 8:08.9 21 58 1:35 2:14 2:52 3:30 4:09 4:48 5:28 6:08 6:49 7:29
1976 Winter 46 Innsbruck Speed Skating Switzerland Final Standings 17 7:53.11 21.22 56.63 1:33.12 2:10.07 2:47.45 3:24.78 4:02.52 4:40.32 5:18.63 5:57.04 6:35.91 7:14.81

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1976 Winter 46 Innsbruck Speed Skating Switzerland Final Standings 8 15:36.43 38.55 1:13.73 1:49.81 2:27.09 3:03.73 3:40.93 4:18.26 4:56.11 5:33.74 6:11.10 6:48.61 7:26.12 8:03.84 8:41.54 9:19.17 9:56.70 10:34.08 11:11.83 11:49.28 12:27.09 13:04.95 13:42.85 14:20.65 14:58.71