Franz Donth

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFranz•Donth
Used nameFranz•Donth
Other namesFrantišek Donth
Born14 July 1904 in Rokytnice nad Jizerou (CZE)
AffiliationsWSV Rochlitz, Rokytnice nad Jizerou (CZE)
NOC Czechoslovakia
Nationality Czech Republic


Franz Donth was an ethnic German, who competed for the Hauptverband Deutscher Wintersportvereine der Tschechoslowakischen Republik (Central Federation of German Winter Sports Associations of the Czechoslovak Republic). He had two top-15 finishes at the 1928 Olympic Winter Games (11th and 14th). Donth was more successful at the early World Championships, which were held, however, with limited attendance of Scandinavian athletes. At the 1927 World Championships, Donth won a silver medal in the 18 km race and a bronze medal in the 50 km. Two years earlier, when the Worlds were held in Czechoslovakia, he won the 50 km and was second in the 18 km. He competed a third time in 1929 making the top-10 in both races. He also took the national title in the 50 km in 1925 and 1927. He worked as a lumberjack.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1928 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) TCH CZE Franz Donth
18 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 11
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 14

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