The story of the Austrian legend Franz Klammer came to the big screen in Innsbruck six days ago with the release of the “Chasing the Line” movie. The presentation, with the presence of the Innsbruck 1976 Downhill podium: Franz Klammer (AUT), Bernhard Russi (SWI), and Herbert Plank (ITA), was a big success.
Franz Klammer was born on December 3, 1953, in a farming family in Mooswald, Carinthia.
Klammer, popularly known as "The Kaiser", is still internationally recognized as the best Downhill skier of all time and the epitome of ski racing.
There are two reasons for this: One is that Franz Klammer holds the victory record for World Cup Downhill races. He won 25 World Cup Downhills, including four on the Hahnenkamm at Kitzbühel, including a string of three consecutive victories (1975, 1976, 1977), and four in Wengen. He won a total of 5 World Cup Downhill crystal globes (1975-78, and 1983).
The second is the Olympic Downhill race on February 5, 1976, at Patscherkofel. In the Downhill run of the 1976 Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck, there was only one favorite: Franz Klammer. The 22-year-old charismatic Downhill skier carried the hope of all of Austria on his shoulders. While the pressure from the public reached astronomical proportions, his ski manufacturer wanted to change equipment at the last minute for promotional reasons, the weather conditions were getting worse from day to day, the mountain was proving to be defiant, and a bad bib number -15-, Franz had to fight Set t