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Willy Meisl

Full name: Wilhelm "Willy" Meisl
Gender: Male
Born: December 26, 1895 in Vienna, Wien, Austria
Died: June 12, 1968 in Locarno, Ticino, Switzerland
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Art Competitions

Biography

Austrian Willy Meisl was a versatile sportsman, who competed successfully in tennis, boxing, swimming and water polo with the Austrian national team. He later became a sports journalist. Meissl played in goal after World War I with the Vienna Amateurs football team. His brother Hugo, manager of the Austrian national team, appointed him to the team in 1920 for the match against Hungary, his only international. Willy Meisl also worked as a football coach for the Swedish club Hammarby IF from 1923-25.

After completing his law studies Meisl started a career in sports journalism. From 1924-33 he was employed by the Berlin Vossische Newspaper and wrote numerous sports books. When he reported from the 1924 Paris Olympics, he coined the term “Heat Battle of Colombes” to describe the cross-country race, where temperatures reached over 40° C. (104° F.), turning the event into a survival test. He soon became known as "king of sports journalists" and "father of modern sports journalism" in Germany. After Fascism rose in Germany, Meisl, as a Jew, was forced to immigrate to England in January 1934, where he continued to work as a sports journalist. During World War II he served in the British Army, and after the war worked again as a journalist in England, Switzerland and Germany.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Art Competitions Mixed Literature, Epic Works Austria AUT AC
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Art Competitions Mixed Literature, Lyric Works Austria AUT AC

Mixed Literature, Epic Works

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Art Competitions Austria Final Standings AC Der Sport am Scheideweg (Fragments)

Mixed Literature, Lyric Works

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Art Competitions Austria Final Standings AC Sport-Essay
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