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Franz Wende

Full name: Franz Wende
Gender: Male
Born: June 3, 1904 in Svoboda nad Úpou, Královéhradecký kraj, Czech Republic
Died: 1968 in Bad Harzburg, Niedersachsen, Germany
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia
Sport: Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined

Biography

An Sudeten German from Czechoslovakia, Franz Wende, sometimes known by his "Czechified" name František, was a successful ski jumper in the 1920s. After placing 10th at the first Winter Olympics in 1924, Wende was successful at the 1925 Nordic Skiing World Championships held in Janské Lázně (Czechoslovakia). Not attended by most of the Scandivians, Wende placed fourth in the nordic combined and won a bronze medal in the ski jump. Two years later, he medalled again at the World Championships. This time he won bronze in the combined, finishing third on an all-Czechoslovakian podium. Wende also won two Czechslovakian titles, as well as two Polish ones, and the ski hill his hometown Svoboda was named for him. Working as a skiing teacher in winter and tennis teacher in summer, Wende eventually settled in Germany, presumably as a result of the Beneš decrees.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Winter 19 Chamonix Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Czechoslovakia TCH 10
1928 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Men's Individual Czechoslovakia TCH AC DNF

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D J1S J2S J3S
1924 Winter 19 Chamonix Ski Jumping Czechoslovakia Final Standings 10 16.480
1924 Winter 19 Chamonix Ski Jumping Czechoslovakia Jump 1 15 15.877 40.5 15.625 16.125 15.880
1924 Winter 19 Chamonix Ski Jumping Czechoslovakia Jump 2 7 17.083 44.0 17.000 17.250 17.000

Men's Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PTS
1928 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Czechoslovakia Final Standings AC DNF
1928 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Czechoslovakia Cross Country Skiing, 18 kilometres 16 2-00:50 8.125