Max Müller

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMax•Müller
Used nameMax•Müller
Born27 June 1916 in Davos, Graubünden (SUI)
Died22 November 2019 in Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel (SUI)
AffiliationsSC Sierre, Sierre (SUI)
NOC Switzerland


Max Müller was born in Davos and grew up skiing in Sierre. He won multiple national titles in cross-country skiing during the early 1940s, in addition to three Swiss Army Championships in 1942, 1943 and 1945. Müller suffered a serious injury after he fell while training in November 1945, causing him to miss an entire season of competition, returning in 1947. Selected for the 1948 Swiss Olympic cross-country skiing team at Sankt Moritz, Müller competed in three events, the 18 and 50 kilometres races, and 4 × 10 kilometres relay. His best result came with the Swiss team in the relay, in which they finished fifth.

Müller retired from competition in 1955 and moved to Neuchâtel. There, he took over the ownership of a sporting goods store, calling it Müller Sports and operating it for over 25 years. He was later an avid glider pilot, obtaining his license at 50-years-old, and continuing to fly after turning 70. He also enjoyed alpine skiing, water skiing, playing tennis and mountaineering. In 2018, at the age of 102, Müller was honoured by the Club Alpin Suisse (CAS) for 80 years of membership, having first climbed the Matterhorn in his home country as a teenager. Dying at the age of 103, he is one of the longest-lived Swiss Olympians.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) SUI Max Müller
18 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 25
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 17
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Switzerland 5

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