Willy Kreitz

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
SexMale
Full nameWilhelm "Willy"•Kreitz
Used nameWilly•Kreitz
Born21 September 1903 in Antwerpen (Antwerp) (BEL)
Died3 July 1982 in Uccle (BEL)
AffiliationsCPA, Antwerpen (BEL)
NOC Belgium

Biography

Belgian sculptor Willy Kreitz was entered in three Olympic Winter Games as an ice hockey player (1924 as a substitute, 1928, and 1936), reaching the quarter-finals with Belgium in 1928 as his best result. He took part in three matches in both 1928 and 1936, while playing in Belgium for CPA Antwerpen.

Kreitz also participated as a sculptor in the 1936 Art Competitions of the Berlin Olympics. He studied sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerpen and received the Van Leriusprijs for sculpture. In 1932 he was awarded the Prix de Roma and toured Italy and Spain. Kreitz was a traditional figurative sculptor and produced sculptures and statues for public spaces as well as portrait busts, nudes and figures of predators. He was also a teacher at the Antwerpen Academy from 1936, and from 1964-68 at the Institute. The Ice hockey goalkeeper is shown on the winner’s medal of the European Ice Hockey Championship in 1930 and 1933 with a diameter of 55 mm and designed by Kreitz. The medal Fencer, however, has only a diameter of 35mm.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) BEL Willy Kreitz
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Belgium DNS
1928 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) BEL Willy Kreitz
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Belgium =5
1936 Summer Olympics Art Competitions BEL Willy Kreitz
Sculpturing, Medals, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals, Open (Olympic) HC
Sculpturing, Medals, Open (Olympic) HC
1936 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) BEL Willy Kreitz
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Belgium =13

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