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Franz Klemm was honored in Innsbruck. © APA / HANS KLAUS TECHT

Ski legend Klemme receives medals in Tyrol

Ski legend Franz Klemm has a new title, namely that of the recipient of the “Great Tyrolean Eagle Order”.

This was presented to “Emperor Franz” at a ceremony on Tuesday in the Innsbruck country house. In the city of his greatest triumph, the downhill victory at the 1976 Olympic Games on Patscherkofel, he was honored by State Governor Anton Mattle.


In addition to the Carinthian, who will celebrate his 70th birthday in December this year, Adolf Feizlmayr, co-founder of the Lässer-Feizlmayr engineering community (ILF) Innsbruck/Munich, also received the “Great Tyrolean Eagle Order”. Those awarded the “Tyrolean Eagle Order in Gold” included Alessandro De Marchi, the director of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, the former director of the Tyrolean State Museums, Wolfgang Meighörner, the former Minister of Tourism Maria Patek and the architectural historian and co-author of the book “Vom Gauhaus to country house. A Tyrolean Nazi building and its history”, Hilde Strobl, awarded.

Greatest successes in Tyrol

The Eagle Orders traditionally go to deserving non-Tyroleans. “I am deeply impressed by the diverse achievements. Those honored today have shown a strong commitment to and full commitment to Tyrol. Thank you very much for that,” explained Mattle. A total of 14 people received Tyrolean Eagle Orders on Tuesday, including some in silver.

The “Tyrolean Eagle Order” was created by the state parliament in 1970. The award honors “those personalities whose stay or visit to Tyrol or whose friendly relationship with the country is of political, economic or cultural importance”.

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