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Biography of Franz Klammer [Age, Height, Family, Wife, Children, Awards & Net Worth]

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Two-times world champion and former alpine ski racer who dominated the four consecutive seasons of World Cup in the downhill event, Franz Klammer has a net worth of $45 million.

Standing aloof as the extraordinary defining rider in an alpine ski Franz Klammer protrudes among those alpine ski heroes.

However, from time to time, many debates have been raised about who could be the greatest ski racer of all times, and sure, Franz Klammer always took the number one stand.

Indeed, Franz Klammer has a net worth in the millions.

Thanks to his hard work and determination, he has successfully established himself as the most successful alpine ski racer in competitive ski racer history.

Franz Klammer

Likewise, Franz is well known as the “Kaiser Klammer or Klammer Express.” Also, he got these names from some of his friends and colleagues.

Quick Facts

Full Name Franz Klammer
Born on December 3, 1953
Born at Mooswald, Carinthia, Austria
Popular as Klammer Express, The Kaiser
Religion Unknown
Nationality Austrian
Ethnicity Unknown
Education Dropped out
Horoscope Sagittarius
Father’s Name Not Available 
Mother’s Name Not Available 
Siblings Klaus Klammer (Brother)
Age 68 years old
Height 6 feet/183 cm
Weight 79 kg/174 lb
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Built Hourglass
Profession Alpine ski racing
World Cup Debut 1972 in December
Disciplines Giant Slalom, Downhill, combined
Active Years From 1972 to 1985
Retired 1985 (Age 31) 
Medals won
  • One time Olympics Gold Medal
  • Two times World Championships Gold
  • One time World Championships Silver
  • Five times World Cup Downhill Winner
Currently Working as Skiing Consultant
Marital Status Married
Married to Eva Klammer
Children Sophie Klammer & Stephanie Klammer
Net Worth $45 Million
Social Media None
Merch Book, Signed Photo
Last Update June, 2022

Franz Klammer | Early Skiing Days

Franz Klammer was a competitive child since his early days and was often gratified in several sports. Raised by farmers, Franz used to go to school skiing each winter morning.

However, Klammer’s village didn’t have any ski lifts, so he had to climb up the pasture to ski downhill behind his house. Likewise, Klammer was never interested in studies, and he drops out of school at the age of fourteen.

After dropping out of school, the Olympian started to help his parents on farms in summer and ski racing in the winter season.

However, Klammer’s village didn’t have any ski lifts, so he had to climb up the pasture to ski downhill behind his house. Likewise, Klammer was never interested in studies, and he drops out of school at the age of fourteen.

After dropping out of school, the Olympian started to help his parents on farms in summer and ski racing in the winter season.

However, it wasn’t easy as expected for Klammer, and he had to face a lot of trouble to make his team of alpine skiers. But, despite being born to a mediocre family, his parents didn’t stop him from pursuing his dreams.

Rise to Prominence

Finally, all Klammer’s hard work paid off when Franz debuted in the World Cup at nineteen. However, Franz couldn’t perform well in his debut match because he was nervous at that time.

But the Austrian didn’t lose any hope and kept on training and focused on improving his performance. Further, Franz’s life began to change after he turned twenty-two.

Likewise, for the first time in 1976, Franz finally won an Olympic gold medal for downhill racing. Since then, Franz has never looked back and has made records after records.

Later, Franz is also given the title of “Best Downhill Racer of all Time.”

Undoubtedly, Klammer is one of the best downhill racers because he has won several competitions and set various records.

Honors and Achievements

As a fun fact, Franz Klammer has accomplished so much till today that skiers find it hard to overcome his umbra to establish their name. No wonder Franz is an amazing alpine ski racer and has offered a lot to the alpine ski.

Nonetheless, it didn’t stop people from criticizing Franz for his implacable pursuit of victory.

Well, Klammer never responded to those criticisms. But he always embraces productive contradictions.

Undoubtedly, this Austrian ski racer has won numerous awards and accolades during his active years. Some of Franz Klammer’s honors are listed below.

  • One time Olympics Gold Medal
  • Two times gold medalist in World Championships
  • Five times World Cup Downhill Winner
  • One time silver medalist in World Championships
  • Klammer has won ten consecutive downhill races.
  • In total, Klammer has won twenty-six World Cups.

Franz Klammer Net Worth

Franz Klammer has a net worth of $45 million. Additionally, his motor racing and various other business ventures also contribute to his net worth.

Similarly, Klammer is much more than a former professional ski racer, motor racer, and alpine racer.

Besides, Franz is a businessperson and owns his sports clothing brand. Also, he is an advisor for World Skinning Champion Community.

Furthur, Franz states that he was inspired by his younger brother, Klaus. Despite that, the Olympian retired from Olympics skiing in 1985 at the age of 31.

Franz Klammer looks in his early career days.

However, Franz wasn’t satisfied with the thirst for ski racing and thus, started a new journey of being a founder of a ski apparel company.

Moreover, Fraanz’s brand is famous for manufacturing some great products like gear and Spartacus. Undoubtedly, these products showcase Klammer’s passion, integrity, and personal sporting values.

Franz Klammer’s Lifestyle

Back then, when Klammer was a ski racer, he used to live a healthy life and still does but not as much as he used to in his previous days.

Besides living a felicitous life, Franz is also concentrated on helping people around him. Indeed, he is mostly indulged in charity as much as he can.

Likewise, Franz believes while helping the needy people, letting it be done behind the closed doors is better, rather than announcing it in front of the whole world. Thus, he doesn’t talk about most of the charities he does.

Currently, the Austrian ski racer is living a happy life with his wife Eva Klammer and his children. After retirement, Klammer spends most of his time with his family.

The beautiful couple tied the knot when they were very young; Klammer was just twenty-six years old at marriage.

Even after three-plus decades of getting married, this couple is immensely in love with each other. Klammer always feels grateful that he has Eva in his life.

At the peak of Klammer’s career, Eva looked after everyone when he couldn’t give time to his family.

Nonetheless, for now, Franz is enjoying his time with his family members as much a possible.

Franz Klammer Net Worth: Charity

Not only is Franz Klammer a good ski racer, but he is also a good human being. Similarly, Franz is the founder of the Franz Klammer Foundation.

Similarly, this foundation mostly focuses on athletes around Austria. Also, this foundation aims to provide facilities to injured athletes whose lives have been changed due to their injuries.

Franz Klammer during the 1973-1985 Ski World Cup.

Besides, this is a non-profit foundation that Franz solely launches this foundation to help needy athletes.

Social Media Presence

Franz Klammer feels he is too old to be active on social media. But, undoubtedly, his fans would love to know more about him and his daily life.

However, if anyone wants to learn more about Franz, one can easily get information about him through various websites.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does Franz Klammer do now?

Currently, Franz Klammer works as a ski consultant and ambassador for United Nations.

Is Franz Klammer the best downhill racer of all time?

Yes, Franz is still considered the best downhill racer of all time.

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