You Are Here > SR/Olympics > Athletes > Karl Martitsch

Karl Martitsch

Full name: Karl Martitsch
Gender: Male
Born: November 19, 1917 in Ratnitz, Kärnten, Austria
Died: August 20, 2000 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: SV Faakersee, Finkenstein (AUT)
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Nordic Combined, Cross Country Skiing

Biography

By the age of 19, Austrian skier Karl Martitsch was already the junior slalom champion of his native country and, one year later, he was runner up in the combined downhill and jumping events at the national junior championship. Although his career was interrupted by World War II, he returned in full force after the conflict and emerged as the Nordic Champion of Austria in 1946, as well as the Universities, 3-Way Combined, and 4-Way Combined champion. A competitor in downhill, slalom, cross-country and ski jumping, by the time his career ended in 1950 he had won over 350 prizes and medals at the national and international level, including a bronze medal in ski jumping at the 1947 Universities World Championships. He also competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics, where he placed 21st in the Nordic combined and 64th in the 18km cross-country skiing event. One of his final appearances came at the 1950 World Championship in the Nordic combined, although he did not win a medal.

A year later, Martitsch settled in Canada and embarked upon a career as a civil engineer at the Foundation Co. of Canada Ltd. While working on projects such as strip malls and steel plants, he also helped construct more comfortable landings for ski jumps during the 1960s and Canada’s first 70m jump in Ontario, quickly becoming active in the Canadian Ski Association. By 1963 he was Canada’s representative to the International Ski Federation and was later certified as a judge in ski jumping, officiating at numerous international events. He was a major part of facilities construction in two editions of the Winter Olympics: 1980 in Lake Placid and 1988 in Calgary. He remained active in the field until shortly before his death from a heart attack in 2000, at the age of 82.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Austria AUT 64
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Men's Individual Austria AUT 21

Men's 18 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Austria Final Standings 64 1-31:19 28:04 NP 1-02:38 NP

Men's Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T D
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Austria Final Standings 21 360.20
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Austria Cross Country Skiing, 18 kilometres 27 162.00 1-31:19
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Austria Ski Jumping, Normal Hill 17 198.2
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Austria Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 1 AC 59.0
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Austria Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 2 AC 60.0
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Austria Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 3 AC 61.0