Arnold Käch

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Arnold Käch
Born (1914-02-04)February 4, 1914
Berne, Switzerland
Died November 24, 1998(1998-11-24) (aged 84)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Arnold Käch (February 4, 1914 – November 24, 1998) was a Swiss military officer, skier, ski official and writer.


Käch was born in Berne. His father was the engineer Arnold Otto Käch, and his mother was Berta Käch, née Scholl. He studied jurisprudence at the universities of Lausanne, Bern, Paris, in the United States and in Canada after 1933, and got his license to practice law in 1939. During his years of studies he was leader in the rank of a Leutnant of the national Olympic military patrol team in 1936 which placed seventh. On January 9, 1937 he won the first Citadin race in Mürren[1] From 1939 to 1940 he worked as a lawyer at the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, afterwards as assistant of the Swiss military- and air attaché in Berlin, and after 1943 as military- und air attaché in Stockholm, Oslo and Kopenhagen. Meanwhile he married Louisa Hendrika Jeannette Wagemans in 1941. From July 1,1947 to 1957 he was the first direktor of the Eidgenössische Turn- und Sportschule (ETS) Magglingen as an officer, General Staff, and was engaged in its increasing to today's federal office of sports BASPO. From 1951 to the middle of 1961 he was secretary general of the International Ski Federation.[2] For his publishing work he was awarded with the Sports Award for artists in 1957.[3] From 1957 to 1979 he was director of the Federal Military Administration, was advanced to the rank of Brigadier in 1957, and served additionally as the commander of Border Brigade 11 from 1967 to 1972.[4]

Käch was a member of the Swiss Olympic Association and of the Commission for Assignments of Tasks between Federation and Cantons. After 1983 he was guest of honor at the yearly international SAS[5] competitions of pentathlon. He died in Calgary.


  • Weisse Abenteuer. Heitere Erlebnisse eines Ski-Vagabunden in Europa und Amerika. Amstutz & Herdeg, Zürich 1939

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Racing for Citadins, FIS-CIT.
  2. ^ The history Archived November 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., International Ski Federation.
  3. ^ Awarded persons[permanent dead link], Credit Suisse Sports Awards.
  4. ^ Käch, Arnold in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland..
  5. ^ SAS: Swiss Academical Skiclub