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RUDD Birger (1911) Norway / Alpine skiing
Rudd, who was double Olympic ski jump champion at Lake Placid in 1932 and at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1936, very nearly won another gold medal, this time in alpine skiing during the Garmisch games.Rudd won the downhill race but made a complete mess of the slalom. Unfortunately for him at that time medals were not awarded for the single event but only for the combination. He perhaps derived some comfort by reminding himself that he had only taken up alpine skiing the year before.After the war he was back at the games and won another medal, bronze this time, for the ski jump at Saint Moritz.
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