Influential Photographs: Franz Klammer's Run at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics

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Getting in line with this month’s winter theme, we bring you one of the top moments in Winter Olympics history: Franz Klammer and his reckless attack on the mountain at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics.

Franz Klammer is still regarded as one of the best downhill skiers of all time. His 1 minute 45.73 second run down the icy slopes of the mountain can almost be considered as stuff of legend. The young Franz Klammer awed the world with his speed and determination to bring home the gold for his native Austria.

Franz Klammer via Daily News

Trailing behind 14 other skiers in the downhill competition, Klammer went all out for the top spot held by the Swiss Bernhard Russi. Klammer went out of the starting gate crouching and prepared for the icy and treacherous slope. His speedy downhill ride is a breath taking sight — his turns and slides on the slope looked like he was just a split second away from utter disaster.

Photos via the Olympics' official website

Klammer sped down the mountain and had the gold in his sight. The Kaiser, as his fellow Austrians called him, was cheered on as he descended the slope in a make or break run. Klammer was greeted with deafening cheers when he reached the finish line, besting Russi’s time by just .33 second. This image of Klammer at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics is a reminder of the run that cemented his place among the greatest athletes and how he won a spot in the hearts of his fellowmen as a hero of alpine skiing.

This magnificent photo gave inspiration to the creation of Lomography’s Winter Edition cameras that soak up the spirit of winter sports. These cozy shooters dressed to the nines with Scandinavian-style woolly jumpers will sure be your companions on the slope or the ice on your winter holidays.

All information used in this article were sourced from Info Please, Daily News and Fox News.

written by cheeo on 2013-11-18 in #lifestyle #winter-sports #franz-klammer #influential-photographs-series

One Comment

  1. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    great man, great champion!

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