Rosi Mittermaier

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Rosi Mittermaier
— Alpine skier —
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Rosi Mittermaier and Christian Neureuther in 2013
Disciplines Downhill, Giant Slalom,
Slalom, Combined
Born (1950-08-05) 5 August 1950 (age 64)
Reit im Winkl, Bavaria,
West Germany
Height 1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)
World Cup debut 1 February 1967 (age 16)
Retired 31 May 1976 (age 25)[1][2]
Website rosi-mittermaier.de
Olympics
Teams 3 – (196876)
Medals 3 (2 gold)
World Championships
Teams 5 – (196876)
includes 3 Olympics
Medals 4 (3 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 10 – (196776)
Wins 10 – (1 GS, 8 SL, 1 K)
Podiums 41 – (4 DH, 11 GS, 22 SL, 4 K)
Overall titles 1 – (1976)
Discipline titles 2 – (SL & K in 1976)

Rosemarie "Rosi" Mittermaier-Neureuther (born 5 August 1950) is a retired World Cup alpine ski racer from Germany. She was the overall World Cup champion in 1976 and a double gold medalist at the 1976 Winter Olympics.[3]

Racing career[edit]

Born in Reit im Winkl, Bavaria, Mittermaier won two gold medals (downhill and slalom) and one silver (giant slalom) at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.[4][5] Her victory in the Olympic downhill was the only downhill win in her international career. Mittermaier was the most successful athlete at those games, along with cross-country skier Raisa Smetanina of the Soviet Union, earning her the nickname of Gold-Rosi within Germany (then West Germany).

Mittermaier made her World Cup debut in the inaugural season of 1967 at age 16, and won her first World Cup race two seasons later. She retired from international competition at age 25,[1] following the very successful 1976 season. In addition to the overall World Cup title, she also won the season title in slalom and combined in 1976. After winning both races at Copper Mountain in Colorado to wrap up the overall and slalom titles,[6] the four-year-old resort immediately named the race course run after her.[7][8]

In addition to her success in international competition, she also won 16 German national titles during her career.[9]

After racing[edit]

Today, Mittermaier works for several charities and occasionally as a commentator for German television for major sporting events. She established a charitable foundation to aid children with rheumatism in 2000.[9]

Personal[edit]

Mittermaier's father was a ski school operator in her home town of Reit-im-Winkl.[10] She was born with a twin sister who died at birth. Her younger sister Evi Mittermaier also competed as an alpine skier.[10][9] Rosi and Evi also recorded two albums of Bavarian folk songs together.[9]

She is married to Christian Neureuther, winner of six World Cup slalom races. They were wed in 1980 and are the parents of Felix Neureuther (b. 1984), a World Cup ski racer for Germany.[3]

World Cup results[edit]

Rosi Mittermaier on a 1976 Paraguay stamp

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1967 16 27 19 not
run
not
awarded
1968 17 12 11 8
1969 18 7 4 11 5
1970 19 11 8 10 12
1971 20 14 13 9 15
1972 21 6 4 7 10
1973 22 4 2 8 9
1974 23 7 2 13 11
1975 24 3 7 7 6
1976 25 1 1 3 9 1

Season titles[edit]

Season Discipline
1976 Overall
Slalom
Combined

Race victories[edit]

  • 10 wins – (1 GS, 8 SL, 1 K)
  • 41 podiums – (4 DH, 11 GS, 22 SL, 4 K)
Season Date Location Discipline
1969 16 Jan 1969 Austria Schruns, Austria Slalom
1970 14 Mar 1970 Norway Voss, Norway Slalom
1973 2 Feb 1973 Austria Schruns, Austria Slalom
1974 27 Feb 1974 Italy Abetone, Italy Slalom
8 Mar 1974 Czech Republic Vysoké Tatry, Czechoslovakia Slalom
1975 13 Dec 1974 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Slalom
1976 17 Dec 1975 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Combined
22 Jan 1976 Austria Bad Gastein, Austria Slalom
5 Mar 1976 United States Copper Mountain, USA Giant Slalom
6 Mar 1976 Slalom

Video[edit]

  • You Tube.com – 1976 Winter Olympics – Rosi Mittermaier's three medal runs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rosi Mittermaier retires from racing". Ottawa Citizen. Reuters. 1 June 1976. p. 27. 
  2. ^ "'Grandma' Rosi out of racing". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. 1 June 1976. p. 21. 
  3. ^ a b Rosi Mittermaier. sports-reference.com
  4. ^ Johnson, William Oscar (16 February 1976). "On came the heroes". Sports Illustrated: 13. 
  5. ^ Johnson, William Oscar (23 February 1976). "Opening up those golden gates". Sports Illustrated. p. 12. 
  6. ^ "Mittermaier wins World Cup". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. 7 March 1976. p. 3B. 
  7. ^ "Rosi has run named for her". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. 8 March 1976. p. 20. 
  8. ^ Looney, Douglas S. (15 March 1976). "Adding a title to a triumph". Sports Illustrated: 18. 
  9. ^ a b c d Cazeneuve, Brian (18 February 2012). "2002 Winter Olympics – SI Daily: Where are they now? Rosi Mittermaier". CNNSI. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Scott, Ronald B. (7 March 1977). "Rosi Mittermaier Parlays Olympic Gold into Fame and Wealth". People. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 

External links[edit]


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Germany Ellen Wellmann
German Sportswoman of the Year
1976
Succeeded by
Germany Eva Wilms