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Fritz Kuhn

Full name: Friedrich "Fritz" Kuhn
Gender: Male
Born: October 24, 1919
Died: January 8, 2005
Affiliations: ?, München (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Bobsleigh

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Fritz Kuhn, hailing from München, qualified for the two-man event at the 1952 Olympics, finishing 12th with Theo Kitt. While their compatriots Andreas Ostler and Lorenz Nieberl won that event, things looked bleak for the German teams in the four-man event, as they were outpaced by heavier competitors. In order to have a shot at the title, the second German sled wasn't entered, and instead the three heaviest pushers - Kuhn among them - joined Ostler in the remaining sled. This gave the Germans, weighing in at 472 kg (including sled) a decisive advantage, and they comfortably slid to the gold. The international bobsleigh federation (FIBT) soon afterwards decided to limit the weight for four-man teams at 420 kg. In 2006 the story about the 1952 German four-man bob was told in a cinema comedy called Schwere Jungs (Heavy Boys).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Bobsleigh Men's Two Germany-2 GER 11
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Bobsleigh Men's Four Germany GER 1 Gold

Men's Two

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Bobsleigh Germany-2 GER Theo Kitt Final Standings
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Bobsleigh Germany-2 GER Theo Kitt Run 1
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Bobsleigh Germany-2 GER Theo Kitt Run 2
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Bobsleigh Germany-2 GER Theo Kitt Run 3
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Bobsleigh Germany-2 GER Theo Kitt Run 4

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Bobsleigh Germany GER Final Standings
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Bobsleigh Germany GER Run 1
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Bobsleigh Germany GER Run 2
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Bobsleigh Germany GER Run 3
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Bobsleigh Germany GER Run 4