Franz Klammer Autographs & Memorabilia Memorabilia

At the height of his powers, Austrian skiing legend Franz Klammer won ten consecutive downhills, including a thrilling and pressure-laden gold medal run at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics.

But it was his taming, four times, of the dangerous Hahnenkamm course at Kitzbühel in Austria for which he will always be remembered.

Klammer, a farm boy who came late to the sport, was always a skier on the edge, carving out high-speed turns and risking it all on huge jumps to extract the precious tenths of seconds that are the difference between first and nowhere in downhill racing.

After his wonder season of 1976, his brother Klaus was paralysed following a huge crash in a junior event, prompting Klammer to set up a foundation for seriously injured sportsmen, part of a retirement that has included organising a cycling event and a stint racing touring cars.

But skiing will always be his first love: “When you’re on top of the mountain on a blue-sky powder day, nothing can beat that feeling.”

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Franz Klammer Autographs & Memorabilia Memorabilia