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Christian Pravda

Full name: Christian Pravda
Gender: Male
Born: March 8, 1927 in Kufstein, Tirol, Austria
Died: November 11, 1994 in Kitzbühel, Tirol, Austria
Affiliations: Kitzbüheler Ski Club, Kitzbühel (AUT)
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Christian Pravda was the first Austrian Alpine skiing hero. His first major victory was winning the Hahnenkamm downhill in 1947. Pravda competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics but failed to finish the slalom race. In 1951 he won four races on the Hahnenkamm, the first time this was achieved. That year he also won three Austrian titles in slalom, giant slalom, and combined. At the 1952 Oslo Olympics Pravda won a silver medal in giant slalom and a bronze in downhill. He improved at the 1954 World Championships in Åre, Sweden, winning the downhill and placing second in the combined.

In 1955 Pravda lost his amateur status when he was suspended for serving as a model for ski equipment for a French company. This caused him to miss the 1956 Winter Olympics, and he then settled in the United States. Over the next few years he won numerous events in North America, including several victories at the Harriman Cup at Sun Valley, before turning professional in 1959. He taught skiing in the United States for the next few years, mostly to celebrities, before returning to Austria in the 1970s, where he worked promoting a ski company.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 20 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Austria AUT AC DQ
1952 Winter 24 Oslo Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Austria AUT 3 Bronze
1952 Winter 24 Oslo Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Austria AUT 2 Silver
1952 Winter 24 Oslo Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Austria AUT 29

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Winter 24 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 3 2:32.4

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Winter 24 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 2 2:26.9

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PT
1948 Winter 20 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings AC DQ
1952 Winter 24 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 29 2:54.7
1952 Winter 24 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Run 1 10 Q 1:01.5 0:00
1952 Winter 24 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Run 2 29 1:53.2 0:05
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