Master of the piste: Downhill ski legend Klammer

Updated 5:28 AM ET, Fri January 25, 2013
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Franz Klammer (left) won gold in the 1976 Olympics in downhill with Bernhard Russi (right) in second place after a dramatic race in Innsbruck. AFP/Getty Images
Klammer's all action downhill style made him a favorite with fans and a feared competitor on the World Cup circuit. AFP/Getty Images
Klammer shows off his skills to the current day as he takes part in a charity race at Kitzbuhel last year. Johannes Simon/Getty Images
The Streif, on the Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbuhel, is a combination of blind turns and varying gradients. It is downhill's most famous and feared slope. CNN
Improvising, "letting go" and "not sticking to your line" are key if you want to be successful at skiing, said Klammer. CNN