Three time World Figure Skating champion (1912,1913 and 1923) Fritz Kachler, was born in Vienna, Austria. A mechanical engineer, he rose to become president of the Austrian Railways, after having been dismissed by the Nazis (1938-45). He did not believe that sport and nationalism should be mixed and therefore chose not participate in the Olympic Games of 1920,1924. He donated his time and expertise to train both Sonja Henie and later Cecilia Colledge to the world championship level.
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