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Fritz Stöckli

Full name: Fritz Karl Stöckli
Gender: Male
Born: May 15, 1916
Died: 1968
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Wrestling, Bobsleigh

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Fritz Stöckli was a multi-sport athlete who had his greatest success on the international scene as a representative for Switzerland in wrestling and bobsledding. His prowess in the former took him to the 1946 European Championships, where he won a silver medal in the light-heavyweight event of the freestyle tournament, and then to the 1948 Summer Olympics, where he competed in the same discipline. After receiving a bye in round one, he defeated R. Landesmann of France and Karel Istaz of Belgium in the next two rounds and remained the only wrestler without any bad points. He then won by decision against Turkey’s Muharrem Candaş, bested Canada’s Fernand Payette, and received a bye to reach round seven, where he vanquished Sweden’s Bengt Fahlkvist. This took him to the final against Henry Wittenberg of the United States, which he lost in a 2-1 decision, therefore settling for a silver medal. Four years later he returned to the Olympics, this time as a bobsledder, and came in fourth in the four-man event alongside Felix Endrich, Franz Kapus, and Werner Spring. His bobsledding career seemed on the rise at the 1953 World Championships, where he and Endrich won the two-man event, but tragedy struck when an accident during a practice run for the four-man claimed Endrich’s life. Although their teammates Aby Gartmann and the non-Olympian Rene Heiland suffered serious injuries, Stöckli escaped relatively unscathed, but retired from active competition shortly thereafter.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle Switzerland SUI 2 Silver
1952 Winter 35 Oslo Bobsleigh Men's Four Switzerland-2 SUI 4

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1952 Winter 35 Oslo Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Final Standings
1952 Winter 35 Oslo Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 1
1952 Winter 35 Oslo Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 2
1952 Winter 35 Oslo Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 3
1952 Winter 35 Oslo Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 4

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Final Standings 2 1948-07-29
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Final Round Match #1 2 1948-07-31 Wittenberg (USA) decision (2-1), Stöckli (SUI)
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round Seven 1T 1948-07-31 2
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round Seven Match #1 1 1948-07-31 Stöckli (SUI) decision (2-1), Fahlkvist (SWE) 1
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round Six 1 1948-07-31 1
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round Six Match #2 AC 1948-07-31 Stöckli (SUI) 0
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round Five 1T 1948-07-31 1
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round Five Match #2 1 1948-07-31 Stöckli (SUI) fall (2:26), Payette (CAN) 0
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round Four 1T 1948-07-31 1
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round Four Match #1 1 1948-07-31 Stöckli (SUI) decision (2-1), Candaş (TUR) 1
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round Three 1 1948-07-30 0
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round Three Match #1 1 1948-07-30 Stöckli (SUI) fall (1:20), Istaz (BEL) 0
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round Two 1T 1948-07-30 0
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round Two Match #1 1 1948-07-30 Stöckli (SUI) fall (1:06), Landesmann (FRA) 0
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round One 1T 1948-07-29 0
1948 Summer 32 London Wrestling Switzerland SUI Round One Match #8 AC 1948-07-29 Stöckli (SUI) 0