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Willy Böckl

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWilhelm Richard "Willy"•Böckl
Used nameWilly•Böckl
Other namesWilliam Boeckl
Born27 January 1893 in Klagenfurt (AUT)
Died22 April 1975 in Klagenfurt (AUT)
AffiliationsWEV, Wien (AUT)
NOC(s) Austria

Biography

One of the most successful figure skaters of the 1920s, Willy Böckl had the misfortune never to win an Olympic gold. His long career began in 1913, placing second at the World Championships and third at the Europeans. When international competition resumed in 1922, Böckl’s toughest opponent turned out to be Sweden’s Gillis Grafström. After silver medals behind him at the World Championships (1922, 1924) and the Olympics (1924), Böckl dominated the sport when Grafström started to focus on his job. Böckl won four World titles (1925-1928) and six European titles (1922-1923, 1925-1928) in his rival’s absence, but when the Swede returned for the St. Moritz Olympics, Böckl once more had to be content with a silver medal. The first skater to land a double Rittberger (loop jump), Böckl retired after his second Olympic silver. Later, Böckl emigrated to the United States, where he worked as a skating coach.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1924 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) Singles, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Austria    
1928 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) Singles, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Austria    

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