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Christl Haas
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Christl Haas

Christl Haas, b. September 19, 1943 at Kitzbuhel, Austria, d. July 8, 2001 at Antalya, Turkey

Haas became a national hero as a twenty year old Olympic champion in the downhill event at the first Innsbruck Winter Olympics. She became an instant superstar in her homeland as she won a gold medal in her home nation. Haas foollowed up her success at Innsbruck with a bronze medal at the 1968 Games in Grenoble, France.

As one of the Austrian gold medalists in 1964, Haas was selected with luger Josef Feistmantl to light the Olympic torch for the 1976 Winter Olympics on February 4, 1976.

Haas drowned in while swimming in the Mediterranean Sea in Antalya, Turkey in 2001.