Franz Klammer

Austria

Alpine Skiing

B: December 3, 1953

1976 Olympic Downhill Champion

Winner of eight of the nine downhill races on the World Cup tour in 1975, Klammer was the heavy favorite at the 1976 Olympics but faced stiff competition from defending Olympic champion Bernhard Russi of Switzerland. Skiing last of the fifteen seeded skiers, Klammer gave one of the most thrilling performances in the history of the Olympic Games. Partway down the run he trailed Russi by a fraction of a second, but he skied with such wild abandon over the final 1,000 meters that he seemed always on the verge of a dangerous fall. When he crossed the finish line he had won the gold by only one-third of a second. Holder of the World Cup downhill title from 1975 to 1978 and again in 1983, Klammer also won a gold medal in the combined and a silver medal in the downhill at the 1974 world championships. Klammer did not finish the giant slalom in Innsbruck, and was not chosen to represent Austria at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Klammer was named Austrian sportsman of the year in 1981, and competed again at the 1984 Olympic Games, finishing tenth. He finished his career with 25 World Cup downhill wins and one win in combined.

SUPERSTARS RECORD
EVENT
PLACE POINTS MONEY
EVENT WINS
1976 European Heat 3
4
41 1/2
$1,500
Gym Test, Cycling
1977 Preliminary 3
2
41 1/3
$9,133
Rowing, Half Mile Run, Bike Race
1978 Preliminary 1
2
51
$10,100
100 Yard Dash, Half Mile Run, Bike Race, Obstacle Course
TOTALS
133 5/6
$20,733
9

PERSONAL BESTS
Table Tennis

5th

1976 European Heat 3
Gym Test - Parallel Bar Dips

20

1976 European Heat 3
Gym Test - Squat Thrusts
62
1976 European Heat 3
Weight Lifting
200
1977 Preliminary 3
Shooting (out of 50)
32
1976 European Heat 3
Soccer Penalties (out of 5)
2
1976 European Heat 3
Soccer Test
0 - 54.4
1976 European Heat 3
Bowling
149
1977 Preliminary 3
Rowing
38.94
1977 Preliminary 3
Kayaking - 125 Meters
47.0
1976 European Heat 3
100 Yard Dash
11.47
1977 Preliminary 3
100 Meter Dash
12.4
1976 European Heat 3
Cycling - 470 Meters

43.0

1976 European Heat 3
Bike Race - 1/2 Mile
1:11.41
1978 Preliminary 1
Bike Race - Mile
2:37.56
1977 Preliminary 3
600 Meter Steeplechase

1:43.0

1976 European Heat 3
Half Mile Run
2:12.65
1977 Preliminary 3
Obstacle Course
26.39
1978 Preliminary 1
Points Scored (8 of 10 events)

41 1/2

1976 European Heat 3
Points Scored
51
1978 Preliminary 1


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