To win, you have to risk losing.
By skiing on the edge of oblivion, Austrian, Franz Klammer won the 1976 Olympic downhill event at Innsbruck. He was the last of 15 skiers. By the time Klammer was ready to ski, much of the snow had been pushed off by the others. The course was icy and Klammer was chasing the very fast time of former Olympic champion Bernhard Russi. Russi completed the course in 1:46.06. At the end of Klammer’s break neck run, the clock read 1:45.73, 1/3 of a second faster than Russi. As 60,000 Austrian fans erupted, Russi was the first to congratulate Klammer on his amazing performance.
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