Felix Kaspar

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Felix Kaspar
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World Champion Felix Kaspar together with child prodigy and later European Champion Eva Pawlik ("The Fairy Tale Of The Steady Tin Soldier", Vienna 1937)
Personal information
Country represented  Austria
Born (1915-01-14)January 14, 1915
Died December 5, 2003(2003-12-05) (aged 88)

Felix Kaspar (January 14, 1915 in Vienna, Austria – December 5, 2003 in Bradenton, Florida, U.S.) was an Austrian figure skater, twice World champion, and 1936 bronze medalist.

Kaspar began figure skating at age of 9. He trained on the artificial ice rink of Eduard Engelmann Jr. Kaspar was famous for his high jumps.

At the beginning of World War II Kaspar was in Australia, where he met his wife, June. The couple was married for 54 years. They had one daughter named Cherie. Kaspar spent the whole time of the World War II in Australia.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Kaspar taught in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In 1965 he moved with his family to Minneapolis, Minnesota and worked there as a coach at the figure skating center in Golden Valley in the Twin Cities. He coached there among others the Japanese Emi Watanabe.

In 1977 he moved with his family to Pasadena, California and worked there also as a figure skating coach.

In 1988 Kaspar has been admitted to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. [1]

In 1989 Kaspar and his wife moved to Florida as old age pensioners. Felix Kaspar died with the age of 88. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

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Event 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938
Winter Olympic Games 3rd
World Championships 3rd 1st 1st
European Championships 7th 2nd 4th 1st 1st
Austrian Championships 1st 1st 1st

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