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Buddy Werner

Full name: Wallace Jerold "Buddy" Werner
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: February 26, 1936 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States
Died: April 12, 1964 in Samedan, Graubünden, Switzerland
Affiliations: SSWSC, Steamboat Springs (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Brother of Gladys Werner.

Biography

After his death Sports Illustrated called Buddy Werner “The Man With No Luck.” Werner was America’s first great alpine ski racer on the international stage, and competed in two Olympics – 1956 and 1964. In 1959 he became the first American to win the Hahnenkamm downhill race in Kitzbühel, Austria, and in 1958 he had been fourth in the slalom and fifth in the giant slalom at the World Championships. In 1960 at Squaw Valley, he looked set to become the first American man to win a medal in alpine skiing but a few weeks before those Winter Olympics, he broke his leg. He continued to compete and came back in 1964 at Innsbruck, but was past his prime and retired from competition shortly after the Olympics ended. A few weeks later, near St. Moritz, Werner was filming a ski movie for former Olympian Willy Bogner. Skiing with German skier Barbi Henneberger, the two were caught in an avalanche and died from suffocation. In his honor, Storm Mountain, near his hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, was renamed Mount Werner.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill United States USA 11
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom United States USA 21
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom United States USA AC DQ
1964 Winter 27 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill United States USA 17
1964 Winter 27 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom United States USA AC DQ
1964 Winter 27 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom United States USA 8

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 11 3:05.8
1964 Winter 27 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 17 2:22.05

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 21 3:21.5
1964 Winter 27 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings AC DQ [1:52.07]

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings AC DQ
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 AC DQ
1964 Winter 27 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Final Round 8 2:13.46
1964 Winter 27 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Final Round Run 1 9 1:11.64
1964 Winter 27 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Final Round Run 2 6 1:01.82
1964 Winter 27 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Qualifying Round One 5 Q 53.19