Stephan Eberharter

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Stephan Eberharter, 2009
Stephan Eberharter
Medal record
Men's alpine skiing
Representing  Austria
Olympic Games
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City Giant slalom
Silver 1998 Nagano Giant slalom
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City Super-G
Bronze 2002 Salt Lake City Downhill
WorldChampionships
Gold 1991 Saalbach Super-G
Gold 1991 Saalbach Combined
Gold 2003 St. Moritz Super-G
Silver 2001 St. Anton Super-G

Stephan ("Steff") Eberharter (born 24 March 1969) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Austria. Born in Brixlegg, Tyrol, Eberharter was the winner of the overall World Cup title in 2002 and 2003, as well as the season titles in downhill and super-G. He was the nearest rival of compatriot Hermann Maier in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Eberharter retired from international competition following the conclusion of the 2004 season.

Career[edit]

Eberharter made his World Cup debut during the 1990 season at age 20, where he finished 32nd in the overall standings. The next year he finished second in the super-G standings and won two gold medals at the 1991 World Championships in Saalbach, the super-G and combined. He was voted the Austrian Sportspersonality of the year for 1991.

After injury setbacks, he became particularly successful in the downhill event, and finished third in the downhill standings in 1998 and was the runner-up in 2001. His nemesis on the snow, teammate Maier, was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in August 2001 which sidelined him for the 2002 season. In Maier's absence, Eberharter went on to take the overall World Cup title (and downhill and super-G) in 2002 and 2003. His 2004 victory at the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel is often regarded as one of the most impressive downhill victories in alpine skiing history, besting runner-up Daron Rahlves by a lengthy 1.21 seconds, an equivalent of 142 feet (43 m) at 80 mph (130 km/h).

Eberharter enjoyed success at the World Championships and Olympic Games as well. In 1991 in Saalbach, he won two gold medals in the super-G and combined events. Twelve years later, at St. Moritz in 2003, he took gold in the super-G event again. At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, he finished second in the giant slalom, but went on to take gold in the same event at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, where he also won the bronze medal in the downhill, and took silver in the super-G.

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
1990 20 32 18 14
1991 21 12 7 2 5
1992 22 36 25 43 27 57 5
1993 23 29 33 42 12 50 10
1994 24
1995 25 104 51 45
1996 26
1997 27
1998 28 3 4 3 3 9
1999 29 4 2 2 4
2000 30 6 16 7 6 9
2001 31 2 21 4 2
2002 32 1 3 1 1
2003 33 1 16 1 1 12
2004 34 2 29 3 1 22

Season titles[edit]

  • 7 titles – (2 overall, 3 DH, 2 SG)
Season Discipline
2002 Overall
Downhill
Super-G
2003 Overall
Downhill
Super-G
2004 Downhill

Race victories[edit]

  • 29 wins – (18 DH, 6 SG, 5 GS)
  • 75 podiums – (38 DH, 24 SG, 13 GS)
Season Date Location Discipline
1998 14 Mar 1998 Crans-Montana, Switzerland Giant slalom
1999 20 Nov 1998 Park City, USA Giant slalom
27 Nov 1998 Aspen, USA Super-G
27 Feb 1999 Ofterschwang, Germany Giant slalom
2001 25 Nov 2000 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill
3 Mar 2001 Kvitfjell, Norway Downhill
2002 7 Dec 2001 Val-d'Isère, France Super-G
8 Dec 2001 Downhill
15 Dec 2001 Val Gardena, Italy Downhill
12 Jan 2002 Wengen, Switzerland Downhill
18 Jan 2002 Kitzbühel, Austria Super-G
19 Jan 2002 Downhill
27 Jan 2002 Garmisch, Germany Super-G
2 Feb 2002 St. Moritz, Switzerland Downhill
3 Feb 2002 Giant slalom
6 Mar 2002 Altenmarkt, Austria Downhill
2003 27 Oct 2002 Sölden, Austria Giant slalom
30 Nov 2002 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill
1 Dec 2002 Super-G
7 Dec 2002 Beaver Creek, USA Downhill
14 Dec 2002 Val-d'Isère, France Downhill
11 Jan 2003 Bormio, Italy Downhill
17 Jan 2003 Wengen, Switzerland Downhill
22 Feb 2003 Garmisch, Germany Downhill
13 Mar 2003 Kvitfjell, Norway Super-G
2004 10 Jan 2004 Chamonix, France Downhill
24 Jan 2004 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill
31 Jan 2004 Garmisch, Germany Downhill
6 Mar 2004 Kvitfjell, Norway Downhill

External links[edit]


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Thomas Muster
Austrian Sportsman
of the year

1991
Succeeded by
Patrick Ortlieb
Preceded by
Hermann Maier
Austrian Sportsman
of the year

2002
Succeeded by
Werner Schlager