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Otto Furrer

Full name: Otto Furrer
Gender: Male
Born: October 19, 1903 in Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland
Died: July 26, 1951 in Monte Cervino, Aosta, Italy
Affiliations: Skiclub Zermatt, Zermatt (SUI)
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing


Otto Furrer competed in cross-country skiing at the 1928 Olympics, and helped Switzerland place third in the military ski patrol demonstration event, but he was a better Alpine skiier, in the early years of that sport. At the first Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1931 Furrer won a silver medal in the downhill. In 1932 at the Worlds in Cortina d’Ampezzo he won three medals, with a gold in the combined, a silver in the slalom, and bronze in the downhill. He also won a bronze medal in combined at the 1933 World Championships. In Arlberg-Kandahar racing Furrer won the combined, slalom, and downhill in 1931, 1932, and 1934.

After retiring from competition, Furrer co-founded the ski resort of Zermatt, Switzerland. He founded the ski school at Zermatt in 1935 and was its director until his death in 1951. Furrer was known as a pioneer among ski and mountain guides. Furrer died in a fall when one of his ropes broke while climbing on the Matterhorn.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Winter 24 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Switzerland SUI 21

Men's 18 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Winter 24 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 21 1-57:05
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