Franz Klammer and Aksel Lund Svindal get their Kitzbuehel Gondolas
This Monday has been a very special day for Franz Klammer and Aksel Lund Svindal as both champions were officially presented with “their” gondolas, in recognition of past triumphs in Kitzbuehel. The gondolas were handed over to these two great athletes in the presence of K.S.C. President, Michael Huber, Josef Burger (Bergbahn AG Kitzbuehel Cable Car Co.) and Gerhard Walter, Director of Kitzbuehel Tourism.
Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal, who so far has celebrated 21 World Cup wins in his career has competed 35 times in Kitzbuehel, finishing amongst the top 10 an impressive 13 times: a second place in the 2003 Combination event proved to be the first of his overall five podium finishes. Moreover, Svindal has also picked up eleven medals at major alpine ski events (gold, silver and bronze respectively at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, as well as 5 x gold, 1 x silver and 2 x bronze at World Ski Championships). Two Overall World Cup triumphs and seven World Cup Overall discipline victories are yet more additions to his extraordinary curriculum vitae.
Franz Klammer, the 1976 Olympic Downhill Champion, finished in a respectable fourth position at his first Downhill on the Streif on 27th January 1973. Klammer ultimately won the Downhill four times, came second once and secured third place in the 1976 Combination. By 1985, Franz Klammer had competed 16 times at Kitzbühel and was amongst the top 10 an extraordinary 13 times. Austria’s Sportsman of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1983, he celebrated a total of 26 World Cup wins and 46 podium positions. Two gold and one silver medal at Ski World Championships can be found on his résumé, as well as five overall wins and second place in the overall downhill World Cup, as well as ranking third in the 1975 and 1977 overall World Cup.