Funeral services set for Olympic medalist Franz Gabl


Services for Olympic medalist and Bellingham businessman Franz Gabl will be held this week. Gable died Jan. 23 at the age of 92.

Gabl won a silver medal in downhill skiing in the 1948 Winter Olympics. It was his native Austria's first Olympic medal in skiing.

After coaching Canada's Olympic ski teams, Gabl moved to Bellingham, where he ran a ski shop and ski school at Mt. Baker Ski Area, operated a ski and sports shop in downtown Bellingham, and helped plan and organize the first Ski to Sea race in 1973.

Visitation for Gabl will be held at Westford Funeral Home from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. A funeral will be held at Westford at 11 a.m. Thursday, followed by a reception.

A party to celebrate Gabl's life will be held at Westford's Broadway Hall, 1300 Broadway, at 1 p.m. Feb. 22.

Reach Dean Kahn at 360-715-229 or .

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