Franz KAPUS

Switzerland SUI

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    St. Moritz 1948
  • Year of Birth
    1909
Olympic Results

Biography

Franz KAPUS

Despite not beginning his career until the age of 36, Franz Kapus was among the most successful Swiss bobsledders of the post-World War II era. He first appeared at the Winter Olympics in 1948, where he and his crew of Bernhard Schilter, Paul Eberhard, and Werner Spring placed eighth overall in the four man event, with a best finish of third in the second race. Four years later he and Spring were still unable to perform better than third in any single race, but improved to fourth overall alongside Felix Endrich and Fritz Stöckli. In the intervening years he had taken bronze in the four man at the 1950 and 1951 World Championships with Stöckli, Heiri Angst, and the non-Olympian Hans Bolli. In 1955 he finally captured gold in the four man, alongside Angst, Gottfried Diener, and Robert Alt, and also earned bronze in the two man with Angst. As the defending World Champions, Kapus and his crew were the favorites at the 1956 Winter Olympics and they did not disappoint, winning gold (and three of the four races) in the four man. At age 46, Kapus became the oldest man to pilot an Olympic gold medal-winning bobsled team and the second oldest Olympic bobsled champion, after J. J. O'Brien’s, distinctions he retains as of 2012. He also placed seventh in the two man alongside Angst.

Kapus retired from active competition following his Olympic victory and settled into coaching and sports administration. He was a consultant during the construction of the bobsled track at the 1972 Winter Olympics, held in Sapporo, and also served as coach of the Japanese national team. Prior to taking up bobsledding, he had been active in gymnastics, swimming, wrestling, and boxing, and was a mechanic by career.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956

G
Four
Four Bobsleigh
#7
Two
Two Bobsleigh
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Oslo 1952

#4
Four
Four Bobsleigh
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

St. Moritz 1948

#8
Four
Four Bobsleigh

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