24 January 2012

Franz Klammer's Gold Medal Run


This is something I posted years ago.  As I reconstruct the blog, there are certain things I want to have front & center; this is one of them.

This is the gold medal run Franz Klammer made in the 1976 Winter Olympics, the same year Dorothy Hamill won the gold in ladies figure skating.  I was 13 going on 14 when I saw this live, and it's something I never, ever forgot; it's one of my favorite memories.

What I liked and admired about Klammer's run is that he flat out WENT for it; he was going to win, or he was going to die trying!  All through the run, he's on the edge, the edge of disaster.  What's even more impressive is that he did this using the old, heavy wooden skis!  He didn't have the modern, composite wonders today's skiers have.  Imagine what Klammer could have done with modern skis and training techniques?

I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. Whether it's the first time you saw this, or you're seeing it again, I hope you enjoyed it. Have a good day now...



Anonymous said...

Off Topic.

I am glad your blog is staying up.

1 - it is an excellent blog.

2 - you made David Futrelle look like a complete fool - no, that is not hard to do - but damnit - it is fun to do!

MarkyMark said...

What did Mr. Futrelle say? I don't pay attention to him, since I have more important things to do... ;)

Anonymous said...

You guys are amateurs when it cums to abstaining.


Howard Beale said...

Klammer's run was astounding and inspiring! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time :). Just goes to show the marvels man is made capable of.

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