Patrick Ortlieb

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Patrick Ortlieb
— Alpine skier —
Disciplines Downhill, Super-G, Combined
Born (1967-05-17) 17 May 1967 (age 47)
Bregenz, Vorarlberg, Austria
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
World Cup debut 9 December 1988 (age 21)
Retired January 1999 (age 31)
Olympics
Teams 2 – (1992, 1994)
Medals 1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams 4 – (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997)
Medals 1 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 11 – (198999)
Wins 4 – (3 DH, 1 SG)
Podiums 20 – (18 DH, 2 SG)
Overall titles 0 – (7th in 1993)
Discipline titles 0 – (3rd in DH, 199496)

Patrick Ortlieb (born 17 May 1967) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from Austria.[1] A specialist in the speed events, he was also a world champion in the downhill event.[2]

Born in Bregenz in Vorarlberg, Ortlieb started skiing relatively late at the age of 13. He won the downhill event at the 1992 Winter Olympics in France, gathered 20 podiums and 60 top tens at World Cup races, and was World Champion in 1996 in downhill. At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer he finished fourth in the downhill at Kvitfjell.[3] A month earlier, he won the famed downhill on the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel, Austria.

Five years later in January 1999, Ortlieb's racing career ended after a serious crash during a practice run on the same slope at Kitzbühel. He suffered a compound fracture of the right femur and a badly dislocated and slightly fractured right hip after losing control & crashing into the safety nets at the Hausbergkante (mountain house corner).[4] Later in the year, he was elected to the National Council of Austria for the far-right/populist Freedom Party of Austria, where he stayed for three years. He currently runs a four-star hotel, named Hotel Montana, in Lech am Arlberg in Vorarlberg.

World Cup results[edit]

Race podiums[edit]

  • 4 wins – (3 DH, 1 SG)
  • 20 podiums – (18 DH, 2 SG)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
1989 10 Dec 1988 Val Gardena, Italy Downhill 2nd
1991 16 Mar 1991 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill 3rd
1992 11 Jan 1992 Garmisch, Germany Downhill 2nd
18 Jan 1992 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill 3rd
14 Mar 1992 Aspen, USA Downhill 3rd
1993 11 Dec 1992 Val Gardena, Italy Downhill 3rd
23 Jan 1993 Veysonnaz, Switzerland Downhill 2nd
28 Feb 1993 Whistler, Canada Super-G 3rd
1994 18 Dec 1993 Val Gardena, Italy Downhill 1st
15 Jan 1994 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill 1st
15 Mar 1994 Vail, USA Downhill 3rd
1995 11 Dec 1994 Tignes, France Super-G 1st
17 Dec 1994 Val d'Isère, France Downhill 2nd
13 Jan 1995 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill 2nd
25 Feb 1995 Whistler, Canada Downhill 3rd
11 Mar 1995 Kvitfjell, Norway Downhill 3rd
1996 1 Dec 1995 Vail, USA Downhill 3rd
16 Dec 1995 Val Gardena, Italy Downhill 1st
20 Jan 1996 Veysonnaz, Switzerland Downhill 2nd
1997 15 Dec 1996 Val d'Isère, France Downhill 3rd

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1989 21 30  –  –  – 12  —
1990 22 43  –  –  – 17 14
1991 23 23  –  – 26 6  —
1992 24 10  –  – 18 4 18
1993 25 7  –  – 7 7 6
1994 26 12  –  – 21 3  —
1995 27 11  –  – 9 3  —
1996 28 20  –  – 27 3  —
1997 29 33  –  – 16 14  —
1998 30 62  –  – 32 27  —
1999 31 82  –  –  – 35  —

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports Illustrated – La Face Job: Patrick Ortlieb did a number on Val d'Isere's tough slope – 17 February 1992
  2. ^ New York Times – Skiing: Austrian captures downhill in a glide – 18 February 1996
  3. ^ Olympic results
  4. ^ The Independent – Skiing: Ortlieb suffers horrific accident – 22 January 1999

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Stephan Eberharter
Austrian Sportsman of the year
1992
Succeeded by
Andreas Goldberger