Harald Paumgarten

Harald Paumgarten (4 April 1904 in Graz - 6 February 1952 near Sankt Anton am Arlberg) was an Austrian cross-country skier, ski jumper, and Nordic combined skier who competed in the 1920s and in the 1930s.

Harald Paumgarten
Medal record
Men's cross-country skiing
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1933 Innsbruck 4 x 10 km

He competed in the 1928 Winter Olympics and in the 1932 Winter Olympics.

In 1928 he finished 17th in the 18 km cross-country skiing event as well as 17th in the Nordic combined competition.

Four years later he finished 29th in the shorter cross-country skiing event. In the ski jumping competition he finished 25th and in the Nordic combined event he finished 18th.

He won a bronze medal in the 4 x 10 km at the 1933 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Innsbruck.

Personal lifeEdit

Paumgarten's older brother Fridtjof (1903-1986) won several skiing competitions and was on the 1928 Austrian Olympic team, but did not compete due to a training injury. Paumgarten's younger sister Gerda Paumgarten (1907-2000) was also a successful skier, winning 4 Alpine World Championship medals.

After retiring from competitive skiing, Paumgarten became a banker in New York City, but then returned to skiing as an instructor at the first alpine skiing school in the United States, Peckett's in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire. Paumgarten married Elise Biddle Robinson, a descendant of banker Nicholas Biddle, in 1936; they had five children, including daughters Greta and Meta and a son, Nicholas. Paumgarten died in an avalanche in the skiing resort of St. Anton in 1952. His daughter Meta Paumgarten Burden died in an avalanche in Aspen, Colorado twenty years later, in 1972.[1][2]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/social-history/2014/resort-life-chapter-xxxv-june-december-1968 The New York Social Diary, captioned photo of the Paumgarten sisters
  2. ^ https://www.skiinghistory.org/news/featured-member-nick-paumgarten-sr Nick Paumgarten Sr.'s bio as a member of the International Skiing History Association