• Short Summary

    Franz Klammer aged 21, of Austria, raced to his second major downhill victory at the Criterium de la Premiere Neige World Cup ski meeting At Val d'Isere, France on Sunday (8 December)
    Klammer spearheaded yet another austrian triumph that saw six more of his compatri???

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    Franz Klammer aged 21, of Austria, raced to his second major downhill victory at the Criterium de la Premiere Neige World Cup ski meeting At Val d'Isere, France on Sunday (8 December)
    Klammer spearheaded yet another austrian triumph that saw six more of his compatri???s make the first 15 in the headlong dash down the 2,298 metre (yard) run with its 915 metre (yard) drop.

    Swiss hopes of scoring their first victory in this event went adrift then their ace downhill skier, Roland Colombin, hurtled off the track in keep section early on in the race. Another of their top men, Bernhard ???ussi only managed fifth place.

    The results were as follows: I. Franz Kalmmer, Austria. 2. Werner ???issman, Austria. 3. Michael Veith, Germany. 4. Josef Walcher, Austria. Be???nhard Russi, Switzerland. 6. Gustav Thoni, Italy.

    SYNOPSIS: The French ski resort of Val d'Isere was the scene of the opening rounds of this year's World Cup ski-ing competition. Crowds gathered at the start to see Bernhard Russi of Switzerland set off on his downhill run. Out on the piste, Russi slams through the hazards of the two-thousand. nine-hundred and ninety-eight metre course, but he can only mange two minutes, zero-four point eighty-nine seconds, to put him in fifth place.

    Now its Werner Grissman of Austria setting off on a sparkling run that had al the indications of putting him ahead of the field. Austrian skiers are competing against each other for the highest honours this season, with the rest of the world picking up what points it can in their wake.

    But Grissman's time was just not quite good enough and it was his team-mate Franz Klammer who put up the best performance of the day's downhill event. Klammer's inelegant style has been criticised by purists, but it has proved extremely effective, particularly in more technical sections. Dressed in this unusual gold-lame outfit, Klammer's brilliant run spear-headed an Austrian triumph in which six more of his compatriots made the first fifteen.

    Klammer crossed the finish line, with a victory flourish. His time -- two minutes, zero-three point nineteen seconds, which put him well ahead of Grissman in second place. Michael Veith of West Germany was a surprise third man home. Last year he was only fortieth, but he shot form the depth of the starting order to heat many of the world's top downhill experts.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAABUML7NM08L6NE7N7RHUAXBV3
    Media URN:
    VLVAABUML7NM08L6NE7N7RHUAXBV3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
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    N/A

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