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Klammer, Franz

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Born: 1953 AD
Currently alive, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: Austrian
Categories: Athlete

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1953 - Born in Mooswald, Carinthia on the 3rd of December.

1974-1975 - He won 8 of 9 World Cup downhill races, including his first of three consecutive victories at the Hahnenkamm at Kitzbühel.

 

1976 - Winter Olympics Klammer won the gold medal in the downhill by 0.33 seconds from defending champion Bernhard Russi, who had gone out before him and set a blistering pace. Klammer, starting 15th knew what he had to do.

1977-1978 - His fourth consecutive World Cup Downhill title.

1980-1981 - He began a prolonged slump until the end of the season, probably affected by his brother's spinal cord injury in a downhill race as well as a change of ski supplier.

         - In December, he won Val d'Isere. The following season he regained the World Cup Downhill title.

1984 - At the Games in Sarajevo, Klammer finished a disappointing tenth, on a less than challenging course.

2006 - Klammer was asked about his greatest achievement. He answered that although his gold medal at the Olympic Games in Innsbruck was generally regarded as his greatest career achievement, winning the Kitzbühel in 1984 meant something very special to him, considering he hadn't won there since 1977.





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