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Hans Sauter

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJohann "Hans"•Sauter
Used nameHans•Sauter
Born6 June 1925 in Bregenz (AUT)
Died1 October 2014
AffiliationsTS Bregenz-Vorkloster, Bregenz (AUT)
NOC Austria

Biography

Hans Sauter began his promising career in gymnastics in 1938, which was interrupted by the advent of World War II. He was drafted into the German Navy, but fortunately was not on board when his ship, the Admiral Scheer, was sunk in 1945 in Kiel. After the end of the war Sauter became the top Austrian gymnast and dominated national competition until the end of the 1950s. From 1949-59 he was an eight-time Austrian All-Around Champion, also winning 35 national apparatus titles.

His best finish during a total of four Olympic appearances was a sixth place on the pommelled horse at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. In 1955 at the first European Championships in Gymnastics in Frankfurt/Main he won the bronze medal in his favorite event, the pommels. Even during his active career Hans Sauter served as Austrian national coach, and he coached until 1969. His main job was as an official in the Vorarlberg provincial government.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) AUT Hans Sauter
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 66
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Austria 9
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 70
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) 88
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 63
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =57
Rings, Men (Olympic) 86
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =36
1952 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) AUT Hans Sauter
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 22
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Austria 11
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =71
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =54
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =23
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =29
Rings, Men (Olympic) =32
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 6
1956 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) AUT Hans Sauter
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 60
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 63
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =47
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =43
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 62
Rings, Men (Olympic) =38
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 62
1960 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) AUT Hans Sauter
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 79
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Austria 16
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =99 r1/2
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =73 r1/2
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =83 r1/2
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =72 r1/2
Rings, Men (Olympic) =79 r1/2
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =65 r1/2