Josef Bradl

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Sepp Bradl
Bradl in Zakopane in 1939
Full name Josef Bradl
nation AustriaAustria Austria German Empire Austria
German Reich NSGerman Reich (Nazi era) 
birthday January 8, 1918
place of birth Wasserburg am InnGermany
job Retail salesman ,
restaurateur and hut keeper
date of death March 3, 1982
Place of death InnsbruckAustria
discipline Ski jumping
Cross-country skiing
Nordic combined
Alpine skiing
society SC Mühlbach am Hochkönig,
SC Bischofshofen, SC Salzburg
National squad since 1936
End of career 1956
Medal table
World Championship medals (jumping) 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
DM medals (jumping) 2 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
ÖM medals (jumping) 7 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
ÖM medals (Northern Combination) 1 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
ÖJM medals (combination of three) 2 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
gold 1939 Zakopane Jump run
Logo ÖSV Austrian championships
gold 1947 Tschagguns Large hill
gold 1948 Bad Hofgastein Large hill
gold 1951 Windischgarsten Jump run
gold 1952 Semmering Jump run
gold 1953 Igls / Innsbruck Jump run
gold 1954 Bad Hofgastein Jump run
silver 1955 Semmering Jump run
gold 1956 Lienz Jump run
Logo ÖSV Austrian championships
bronze 1947 Tschagguns Nordic combination
gold 1955 Semmering Nordic combination
German Ski Association German championships
gold 1939 Oberhof Large hill
gold 1941 Spindleruv Mlyn Large hill
Austrian youth championshipsTemplate: medals_winter sports / maintenance / unrecognized
gold 1936 Mallnitz Combination of three
gold 1938 Aflenz Combination of three
Placements at the Four Hills Tournament

Four Hills Tournament 1. ( 1953 ), 3. ( 1953/54 ), 2. ( 1955/56 )

Josef "Sepp" Bradl (also Bubi or Buwi Bradl ; born January 8, 1918 in Wasserburg am Inn , Bavaria ; † March 3, 1982 in Mühlbach am Hochkönig , Salzburg ) was an Austrian ski jumper and ski jumping coach; from 1938, after the "Anschluss" of Austria , until 1941 he started in the team of the German Reich . In 1936 he was the first person to jump over 100 m on skis.


Bradl was born in 1918 to a Tyrolean miner who worked in the copper mine in Mühlbach am Hochkönig , and an Upper Austrian. His father died in an accident while climbing the Hochkönig in the arms of his then 12-year-old son. A ski club was founded in Mühlbach in 1908 and the children were able to ski as part of the school gymnastics lessons. In 1912, initiated by the Norwegian director of the mine, the first ski jumping hill in the country was built, and Bradl also began training on it. In 1933, at the age of 15, he made his first 50-meter jump there. In the same year, Peter Radacher , himself a Nordic skier and at that time leaseholder of the Arthurhaus not far from the ski jump, sent him to Innsbruck, where the ski jumper Birger Ruud (winner of the normal hill at the 1932 Olympic Winter Games ) taught.

At the IV Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in February 1936, he had a serious fall while training and was supposed to spend two weeks in the hospital. However, the day before the competition, he left to take part and finished in 19th place. A month after the game, a ski jumping took place on the newly built Bloudkova Velikanka , the largest ski jumping hill at the time, in Planica , Slovenia . On March 15th, Bradl managed the first jump of a person with skis over 100 m with a distance of 101.5 m.

Since his school days he had been unemployed because his widowed mother's dues could not muster for an apprenticeship, and had only irregularly a little merit in volunteer work service . Now he received an apprenticeship at the traditional costume company Lanz, whose owner Willi Lanz promoted him and always released him for training. At the Nordic World Ski Championships in Chamonix in 1937 he was fifth, and fourth at the 1938 World Championships in Lahti the following year . In the same year he managed to improve his world record to 107 meters again on the hill in Planica.

With the "Anschluss" of Austria to the German Reich in March 1938, he became part of the German team. At the Nordic World Ski Championships in 1939 on the large hill in Zakopane , he became world champion. In the same year he also won the German championship in Oberhof , a success that he was able to repeat in Spindleruv Mlyn in 1941 .

After the end of the Second World War , he was imprisoned in the Glasenbach camp because of his membership in the SS and was not allowed to travel to the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz . At the Winter Games in Oslo in 1952 , he fell in the first round. On January 7, 1951, on the other hand, he had won on the Bergiselschanze in Innsbruck in front of Kjell Knarvik (NOR) and Fritz Tschannen (SUI) and he successfully finished the first Four Hills Tournament in 1953 as the overall winner . From 1947, the first Austrian championships after the Second World War, to 1956, Bradl won eight gold and one silver and one bronze medal at Austrian championships .

From 1958 Bradl was active as a trainer. Among other things, he looked after the German and, for many years, the Austrian national ski jumping team. Among the jumpers he supervised were Otto Leodolter , Reinhold Bachler , Willi Egger , Walter Habersatter , Willi Köstinger , Walter Steinegger , Peter Müller and Baldur Preiml . In 1973 he stopped working as a trainer. Until his death, he and his wife Paula ran the Alpengasthof Rupertihaus in Mühlbach am Hochkönig, which he had expanded into a training center with training rooms and two ski jumps.

The Sepp-Bradl-Stadium in Bischofshofen with the Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze is named after him. On the right side of the landing hill there is the Buwi Bradl monument erected in his honor.


winter Olympics

World championships

National championships

Austrian Ski Championships:

German Ski Championships:

Hill records

place country Expanse set up on Record up
Planica SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia 101.5 m
( HS : 140 m)
March 15, 1936 1938
Planica SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia 107.0 m
( HS : 140 m)
1938 1941
Bischofshofen AustriaAustria Austria 86.0 m
( HS : 140 m)
December 26, 1947 December 27, 1947
Bischofshofen AustriaAustria Austria 94.0 m
( HS : 140 m)
December 27, 1948 February 27, 1949
Bischofshofen AustriaAustria Austria 107.5 m
( HS : 140 m)
December 27, 1948 January 6, 1952
Bischofshofen AustriaAustria Austria 101.0 m
( HS : 140 m)
January 11, 1952 January 11, 1953


  • My way to the world champion. With a foreword by Hans Hofmann. Key Publishing House, Innsbruck 1948.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b c Upper Austrian News : Sepp Bradl: Bubis Leap into History , March 12, 2011
  2. First superstar of the jumping scene on ORF on March 14, 2011, accessed on March 15, 2011.
  3. Gerd Falkner : 100 Years of the German Ski Association - Chronicle of German Skiing from the Beginnings to the Present. Volume 1, German Ski Association, Planegg 2005, ISBN 3-938963-01-8 , p. 166 and 176.
  4. Johannes Hochsteger: Biographical study on Austrian sports idols from 1933-1945 , 2014, diploma thesis at the UNI Vienna ( online )
  5. «A record race is expected»; second column, from row 3 . In: Arbeiter-Zeitung . Vienna January 6, 1951, p. 16 ( - the open online archive - digitized).
  6. « You have to make the first jump» . In: Arbeiter-Zeitung . Vienna January 9, 1951, p. 8 ( - the open online archive - digitized).
  7. ski jumping area at