FIBT World Championships 1953

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The FIBT World Championships 1953 took place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany for the third time after previously hosting the four-man event of the championships in 1934 and 1938. The event was marred by the death of Switzerland's Felix Endrich who won the two-man event gold medal only to die in competition during the four-man event a week later.

Two man bobsleigh[edit]

Pos Team Time
Gold   Switzerland (Felix Endrich, Fritz Stöckli)
Silver  West Germany (Anderl Ostler, Franz Kemser)
Bronze  West Germany (Theo Kitt, Lorenz Niebert)

Gold medalist Endrich would die in the four-man event the following week.

Four man bobsleigh[edit]

Pos Team Time
Gold  United States (Lloyd Johnson, Piet Biesiadecki, Hubert Miller, Joseph Smith)
Silver  West Germany (Anderl Ostler, Heinz Wendlinger, Hans Hohenester, Rudi Erben)
Bronze  Sweden (Kjell Holmström, Walter Aronsson, Nils Landgren, Jan Lapidoth)
Bronze  West Germany (Hans Rösch, Michael Pössinger, Dix Terne, Sylvester Wackerle)

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  West Germany 0 2 2 4
2   Switzerland 1 0 0 1
3  United States 1 0 0 1
4  Sweden 0 0 1 1