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KLAMMER Franz
KLAMMER Franz

Franz KLAMMER

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In 1975 Franz Klammer won eight of nine World Cup downhill races.

The most sincere congratulations of all

When the Olympic Games came to Innsbruck the following year, there was great pressure on Klammer as an Austrian favourite competing in Austria.

Defending champion Bernhard Russi exerted further pressure by speeding down the Olympic hill in 1:46.06. The fifteenth starter, Klammer fell one-fifth of a second off Russi's pace, but fought back wildly over the last 1,000m of the course and won by one-third of a second.

According to Klammer, "the best moment was when Bernhard came running up to me and gave me a big hug. It was the most sincere congratulations of all".

Klammer became so popular in Austria that when he was left off the Austrian team in 1980, the team manager had to explain the decision on national television.

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Gallery

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109th IOC Session in Seoul : presentations by the candidate cities. KLAGENFURT : Franz KLAMMER.
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DOWNHILL SKIING KLAMMER AUT

5 FEB 1976: FRANZ KLAMMER OF AUSTRIA CONTEMPLATES HIS RUN DURING THE MENS DOWNHILL SKIING COMPETITION AT THE 1976 WINTER OLYMPICS IN INNSBRUCK. KLAMMER WON THE GOLD MEDAL.
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4th February 1976: Austrian skier Franz Klammer, favourite to win the downhill ski event at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
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Innsbruck 1976-KLAMMER Franz (AUT) 1st and a couple ofother participants relax at the milk bar.

Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 1:45.73 .
    Alpine Skiing
    downhill men

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