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Franz Klammer 1976 Gold Medal Run now on Youtube

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
I've been trying to find this for years - neither clip is complete, but they are great. They just showed up on youtube during the last couple of weeks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlhzR1d-890

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9Oi5pBDMAc
post #2 of 28
Awsome. IMO one of the gretest pieces of skiing ever.
post #3 of 28
Obviously you have never witnessed the HighwayStar.
post #4 of 28
Thank you. That is one of my great memories; I've tried to describe it to my kids many times.

Real performance under real pressure.
post #5 of 28
Sept 18, 2007

My thanks as well.

Cheers.

CP
post #6 of 28
Maybe in the top 3 of my alltime favorite sports on TV experiences.

Game 6, 1975 World Series
Entire 2004 ALCS/World Series
Franz Klammer's 1976 downhill
post #7 of 28
The ultimate "Wild Ride".

It's amazing to think it was done on equipment from 32 years ago.

I'm not sure anything in today's "Freeskiing" comps compares with the testosterone, audacity and skill required to survive, and win, such an event.
post #8 of 28
Wow, thanks for the memories. I watched this the day of, in '76, with a room full of other ski bums around maybe a 17 inch screen when I was bumming out in Park City. We were like a bunch of 10 year olds screaming at the TV as he pulled off one stunt after another. None of us could believe he didn't DNF.

Bryan
post #9 of 28
... way back when "extreme sports" just meant great sports. A simpler time!
post #10 of 28
I recall the annoucers suggesting it would be a national tradgedy in Austria if he didn't win, and it really didn't look good for him through the first half of the course. He certainly didn't have the prettiest run of the competition either, he was all over the course, and it seemed to my young mind that he won by the sheer force of will to do so. Maybe all the people screaming support helped him bend the laws of physics.
post #11 of 28

Klammer

Thanks! I shared with my kids and explained how their uncle and I used to race "Klammer style" down the hill as kids.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
He certainly didn't have the prettiest run of the competition either, he was all over the course, and it seemed to my young mind that he won by the sheer force of will to do so.
Sept 20, 2007

Hi Volantaddict:

That was really a "rubber hitting the road moment". Ski racing, you don't have to look pretty. Fastest guy from point A to point B and through the course legally. He was determined to beat the great Swiss downhiller Bernhard Russi, who had already set a pace hard to match.

By the way, I am a Volant Ski Addict myself. I have owned SuperCarve I, Surfer, EPIC T3, Sin, Soul and the incomparable Chubbs. After it was sold to Atomic, I've been drifting from brand to brand.

Cheers,

CP
post #13 of 28
JAWOHL!!!! FRANZY!!

Warms my hear to see all those happy Nazis.

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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
I recall the annoucers suggesting it would be a national tradgedy in Austria if he didn't win, and it really didn't look good for him through the first half of the course. He certainly didn't have the prettiest run of the competition either, he was all over the course, and it seemed to my young mind that he won by the sheer force of will to do so. Maybe all the people screaming support helped him bend the laws of physics.
I think he actually looks fast throughout, although he courts disaster a number of times. What he's really doing is just preserving speed the whole time, he bellies out every turn and ends up almost skiing out, but maintains his speed. Even when he made a mistake, like on the jump at 1:38 of his run, it still somehow worked out for him.

Tommy Moe's 1994 Lillehammer run was better.
post #14 of 28
JAWOHL!!!! FRANZY!!

Warms my hear to see all those happy Nazis.


wtf?


post #15 of 28
He's probably too young to remember WW11 is over.
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by saudan's boudoir View Post
JAWOHL!!!! FRANZY!!

Warms my hear to see all those happy Nazis.

...

Tommy Moe's 1994 Lillehammer run was better.
Shouldn't this have been posted in humor?
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by RayCantu View Post
He's probably too young to remember WW11 is over.
You wouldn't be so glib if you remembered the day the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

What's the problem, should I have referred to some of them as ex-Nazis??
post #18 of 28
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What's the problem, should I have referred to some of them as ex-Nazis??
Just like all American's are stupid Republicans who voted for Bush.:

:
post #19 of 28
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You wouldn't be so glib if you remembered the day the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.


.... or 'The Blitz' when the Japanese ceaselessly bombed London. :
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by exracer View Post


.... or 'The Blitz' when the Japanese ceaselessly bombed London. :
Sept 24, 2007

Wow! Didn't realize that Jerry and Tojo were really UberMenchen afterall in that they had air craft in 1940s that had the capacity of flying from Tokyo to London and from Berlin to Honolulu. I'm sure glad that we were UberUberMenchens or we would now be German Toast or Japanese Sushi:.

Cheers,

CP
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by NE1 View Post
Thank you. That is one of my great memories; I've tried to describe it to my kids many times.
My kids have heard about this many time too. Living proof that if you want it bad enough, you can get it. Too bad we can't get an unedited run, but this is appreciated anyway.

I remember watching it real time with friends those many moons ago, and I think we were all as exhausted after the run as he was. The absolute edge of disaster the whole way since nothing else mattered if he didn't win.

Unfreakingbelievable now as it was then.
post #22 of 28
The clips are gone. Terms of use violation?
post #23 of 28
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The clips are gone. Terms of use violation?
Probably the IOC. They guard their IP very closely.
post #24 of 28
Thread Starter 
Franz Klammer was from Austria - not Germany.
post #25 of 28
Thread Starter 
There were some Nazis in Austria - but they were occupied by Germany during the war.

Rolf was a Nazi sympathizer - but Captain von Trapp was not.

If you understand the reference - three demerits.
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by NorSkiRuns View Post
There were some Nazis in Austria - but they were occupied by Germany during the war.

Rolf was a Nazi sympathizer - but Captain von Trapp was not.

If you understand the reference - three demerits.
Sept 25, 2007

"The hills are alive with the sound of skiers"?

As for the Anschluss, I'm not sure that the majority of the Austrian people were not for it:. I would appreciate arugments which refute this.

Be as it may, this was way before Klammer's time.

Cheers.

CP

PS: It is amazing that this thread drew less than 500 viewings as of today(9/26/07).
post #27 of 28
With big moutain and park and pipe having the bling thing, I suppose ski racing just doesn't rate here (would be different if this site was more Eurocentric).

Now if the Kaiser had won that riding switch, wearing a pair of baggies, with his arse half hanging out .........
post #28 of 28
check out BIll johnson's 1984 Wengen race o Youtube ..... sweet recovery
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