FIBT World Championships 1953

The FIBT World Championships 1953 took place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany for the third time after previously hosting the four-man event of the championships in 1934 and 1938. The event was marred by the death of Switzerland's Felix Endrich who won the two-man event gold medal only to die in competition during the four-man event a week later.

Two man bobsleighEdit

Pos Team Time
Gold    Switzerland (Felix Endrich, Fritz Stöckli)
Silver   West Germany (Anderl Ostler, Franz Kemser)
Bronze   West Germany (Theo Kitt, Lorenz Niebert)

Gold medalist Endrich would die in the four-man event the following week.

Four man bobsleighEdit

Pos Team Time
Gold   United States (Lloyd Johnson, Piet Biesiadecki, Hubert Miller, Joseph Smith)
Silver   West Germany (Anderl Ostler, Heinz Wendlinger, Hans Hohenester, Rudi Erben)
Bronze   Sweden (Kjell Holmström, Walter Aronsson, Nils Landgren, Jan Lapidoth)
Bronze   West Germany (Hans Rösch, Michael Pössinger, Dix Terne, Sylvester Wackerle)

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1   Switzerland (SUI)1001
  United States (USA)1001
3  West Germany (FRG)0224
4  Sweden (SWE)0011
Totals (4 nations)2237


ReferencesEdit