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Fritz Tschannen

Fritz Tschannen Musician and ski jumper

Musician and ski jumper
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Musician and ski jumper
Was Athlete Ski jumper
From Switzerland
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 13 May 1920, Saint-Imier
Death 23 March 2011, Val-de-Travers (aged 90 years)
Star sign TaurusTaurus
The details

Fritz Tschannen (13 May 1920 – 23 March 2011) was a Swiss accordion player and former ski jumper who competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz. Born in Saint-Imier, he received his first accordion at the age of five and gave his first solo concert three years later. By the age of 18 he was working as an accordion teacher, in addition to ski jumping out of Skiclub Adelboden. He joined the Swiss National Team in 1945 and attended the Winter Olympic Games three years later, where he placed ninth in a field of forty-nine competitors in the men's normal hill event. That same year he became the Swiss national ski jumping champion and set a new world record with a jump of 120 metres.
After his experience at the Olympics, Tschannen was invited to train with the United States team, but moved to Canada when he was denied a work visa because of the ongoing Korean War. He had a career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1952–1954 as a musician and orchestrator, including a stint with his own French-language television show. He returned to his native country in 1964 and founded a musical school in the city of Bex. He worked as a conductor until 1999, when he retired to the municipality of Fleurier. He died in Val-de-Travers in March 2011.

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