Coaches were stunned at his times as he skied stride after stride to an historic silver medal.
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It was opening day at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck. The eyes of the world were focused towards the Men's Downhill on the icy slope of Patscherkofel where Austrian farm boy, Franz Klammer, stole the show with an electrifying win over Swiss favorite, Bernhard Russi.
They called him The Golden Boy after his improbable gold medal.
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The early 90's were a rebuilding period for the U.S. Ski Team. Despite breakthrough results at the '92 Olympics, the public wasn't convinced. In fact, sports illustrated dubbed the team "Uncle Sam's lead-footed snowplow brigade." But the athletes knew differently, and the public criticism was a motivator for the entire team.