Willy Böckl

Willy Böckl (27 January 1893 – 22 April 1975) was an Austrian figure skater. He won the World Figure Skating Championships four times and captured two silver medals at the Winter Olympics.

Olympic medal record
Figure skating
Silver medal – second place 1924 Chamonix Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1928 St. Moritz Men's singles
Willy Böckl
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Böckl
Personal information
Country represented Austria
Born(1893-01-27)27 January 1893
Died22 April 1975(1975-04-22) (aged 82)

After retiring from skating, he moved to the United States and became a coach. In 1938, Willy Boeckl (the spelling was changed sometime after he arrived in the United States) was one of thirteen prominent figure skating instructors from the United States and Canada, who met in Lake Placid, New York for the purpose of forming an association of figure skating instructors. This distinguished group became known as the American Skaters Guild (the name was later changed to the Professional Skaters Guild of America in 1950, and again to the current name of the Professional Skaters Association). Willy became the first president of the guild; Willie Frick its first vice-president, and Walter Arian, second vice-president.[1]

ResultsEdit

International
Event 1913 1914 1920 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928
Winter Olympics 2nd 2nd
World Championships 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
European Championships 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
National
Austrian Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ PS Magazine, 50th Anniversary issue, History of the Professional Skaters Guild of America, January, 1988

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