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Harald Paumgarten

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameHarald•Paumgarten
Used nameHarald•Paumgarten
Born4 April 1904 in Graz (AUT)
Died6 February 1952 in near Sankt Anton am Arlberg (AUT)
Measurements185 cm
AffiliationsGraz
NOC Austria

Biography

Harald Paumgarten emigrated to the United States and founded a skiing school in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire. He lived there at the time of the 1932 Winter Olympics, when he was the flagbearer of the Austrian team at the opening ceremony. At the 1933 World Championship, he was a member of the Austrian team that won the bronze medal in the 4x10 km relay. Paumgarten was also an excellent Alpine skier, and at the 1931 Alpine World Championship he finished third in the unofficial “long downhill” event. During a visit to his native country he was killed by an avalanche near St. Anton am Arlberg at the age of 48. He was the grandfather of Doug Burden, who represented the US rowing team at three Olympics 1988 – 1996. His brother Fridtjof competed in Nordic combined and was selected for the 1928 Winter Olympics, but broke his leg while training the ski jump and could not start. His sister Gerda, later Countess Paumgarten-Hohenschwangau, was an Alpine skier and was slalom World Champion in 1936. She was not eligible for the 1936 Winter Olympics because she worked as a skiing instructor and considered professional.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) AUT Harald Paumgarten
18 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 17
Nordic Combined (Skiing) AUT Harald Paumgarten
Individual, Men (Olympic) 17
1932 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) AUT Harald Paumgarten
18 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 29
Nordic Combined (Skiing) AUT Harald Paumgarten
Individual, Men (Olympic) 18
Ski Jumping (Skiing) AUT Harald Paumgarten
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 25

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1932 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony AUT Harald Paumgarten

Olympic family relations

Special Notes