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Josef Feistmantl

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJosef•Feistmantl
Used nameJosef•Feistmantl
Born23 February 1939 in Absam (AUT)
Died10 March 2019
Measurements180 cm / 90 kg
AffiliationsRV Halltal, Absam (AUT)
NOC Austria

Biography

Josef Feistmantl had a long career in international luge, winning five medals at the World Championships from 1959-71. In 1964 he and Manfred Stengl became the first Olympic champions in doubles luge. Feistmantl’s World Championship medals were all in singles, with a gold in 1969, silvers in 1959 and 1970, and bronzes in 1967 and 1971. He won three medals at the European Championships, all in doubles, with a gold in 1967 and silvers in 1954 and 1962. Feistmantl won nine Austrian championships, five in singles in 1962-63, 1966-67, and 1970, and four in doubles in 1961 and 1963-65.

In 1976 Feistmantl was chosen to light one of the two Olympic Flames, along with Christl Haas, at the Innsbruck Opening Ceremony. In 1996 he was awarded a Gold Medal for Service to the Austrian Republic. Feistmantl’s career was as an optician.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Winter Olympics Luge AUT Josef Feistmantl
Singles, Men (Olympic) 5
Doubles, Open (Olympic) Manfred Stengl 1 Gold
1968 Winter Olympics Luge AUT Josef Feistmantl
Singles, Men (Olympic) 5
Doubles, Open (Olympic) Wilhelm Biechl 7
1972 Winter Olympics Luge AUT Josef Feistmantl
Singles, Men (Olympic) 10

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