Walter Steiner

Walter Steiner (born 15 February 1951) is a Swiss former ski jumper who competed in the 1970s.

Walter Steiner
Country  Switzerland
Born (1951-02-15) 15 February 1951 (age 69)
Wildhaus, Switzerland
Height171 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Personal best169 m (554 ft)
Planica, Yugoslavia
(15 March 1974)

CareerEdit

Steiner earned a ski jumping silver medal in the Individual large hill at the 1972 Winter Olympics. He also won the ski jumping competition at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 1974 and won the Ski Flying World Championships in 1972 and 1977. Steiner was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1977 (shared with Helena Takalo and Hilkka Kuntola). As of 2012 he resides in the Swedish rural town of Falun, working as a gardener.

On 9 March 1973, he crashed at world record distance at 175 metres (574 ft).[1] And again two days later he crashed at record 179 metres (587 ft), both of them achieved in Oberstdorf, West Germany.[2][3]

On 15 March 1974 he set and tied ski jumping world record distance at 169 metres (554 ft) with Heinz Wossipiwo.[4][5] Later that day he crashed at 177 metres (581 ft) world record distance, both distances were set on Velikanka bratov Gorišek K165 in Planica, Yugoslavia.[6][7]

Ski jumping world recordsEdit

Date Hill Location Metres Feet
9 March 1973   Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze K175 Oberstdorf, West Germany 175 574
11 March 1973   Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze K175 Oberstdorf, West Germany 179 587
15 March 1974   Velikanka bratov Gorišek K165 Planica, Yugoslavia 169 554
15 March 1974   Velikanka bratov Gorišek K165 Planica, Yugoslavia 177 581

  Not recognized! Crash at world record distance.

DocumentaryEdit

Steiner is the subject of the 1974 Werner Herzog German-language documentary film The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner, a.k.a. The Great Ecstasy of the Sculptor Steiner (German: Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner). Much of the footage shows Steiner and his psychological struggle at a competition at Planica where Herzog also appears as commentator.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Zdaj Wosipiwo - 169 m (page 7)" (in Slovenian). Delo. 10 March 1973.
  2. ^ "Mesec - 158 m... (page 4)" (in Slovenian). Delo. 12 March 1973.
  3. ^ "Walter Steiner - Oberstdorf 1973 - 179 m - World record crash (see 6:17)". YouTube. 11 March 1973.
  4. ^ "169 m: izenačen svetovni rekord (page 1)" (in Slovenian). Delo. 16 March 1974.
  5. ^ "Walter Steiner - Planica 1974 - 169 m - World record". YouTube. 15 March 1974.
  6. ^ "Walter Steiner - Planica 1974 - 177 m - World record crash". YouTube. 15 March 1974.
  7. ^ "Še nikoli tako daleč (page 5)" (in Slovenian). Delo. 16 March 1974.
  8. ^ "The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner". YouTube. 15 March 1974.

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