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    Obituary Hans Reicherl


    Hans Reicherl: We remember a pioneer and trailblazer for our global community!

    The long-time chairman of the “König-Ludwig-Lauf” passed away on January 26th, 2021 after a long and serious illness. Our condolences go out to his family and friends in Oberammergau. Hans Reicherl was already at the founding meeting of Worldloppet in Uppsala in 1978 and can be described as one of the main contributors to our community. Throughout his life he was characterized by great idealism and a convincing advocate and promoter of sport and friendship across borders. One can attribute to Hans Reicherl that the opening of Worldloppet was also promoted in the former Eastern countries and that we can proudly count 20 nations among our members today. His social attitude and efforts to enable everyone to experience “cross-country skiing without borders” were exemplary. It was people like Hans Reicherl who preceded the political development with their foresight and who used sport to rekindle the effect of the connection between nations. If our friends from Oberammergau appropriately state in their obituary that the journey was the goal for Hans, then I, as a long-time friend and colleague, can say that his heart burned for cross-country skiing and Worldloppet. He also transferred this fire to the current organizers in Oberammergau.

    Hans will always be remembered as a good friend and valuable companion in the Worldloppet.



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