Ralph Olinger

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRalph•Olinger
Used nameRalph•Olinger
Born17 December 1924 in Engelberg, Obwalden (SUI)
Died25 June 2006
AffiliationsSC Engelberg, Engelberg (SUI)
NOC Switzerland
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Ralph Olinger’s best days in alpine skiing came during the late 1940s, when he was Swiss national champion in the downhill in 1947, 1948, and 1949. Internationally, his greatest success came at the 1948 Winter Olympics, where he tied for third place in the downhill with his compatriot Karl Molitor. He later joined the Swiss national team at the 1950 World Championships, but could fare no better than ninth in the downhill. He retired from active competition in the early 1950s after winning Switzerland’s prestigious downhill Parsenn Derby twice (1948 and 1951).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) SUI Ralph Olinger
Downhill, Men (Olympic) =3 Bronze

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