Bruno Nöckler

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Bruno Nöckler (6 October 1956 in Prettau – 17 August 1982 in Ruapehu) was an Italian alpine skier who competed in the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, where he finished in sixth place overall in the giant slalom. In World Cup racing, he finished on the podium twice – in third place in the slalom on 27 February 1977 in Furano, Japan and in the giant slalom on 11 February 1981 in Voss, Norway.[1]

While taking the opportunity to visit the "Tongariro"-National Park on a day off from training, he died in a car accident, along with coach Ilario Pegorari (a former alpine skier, born 9 January 1949), fitness coach Karl Pichler, and masseur Ivano Ruzza on 17 August 1982, in Ruapehu, New Zealand.[2] The car of the Italians crashed into a car of a New Zealand's family with 5 persons inside. The driver of that family's car was very heavily injured. - A further Italian skier, Carlo Gerosa (born on Nov. 30th, 1964), got off with minor injuries. Ivano Ruzza was taken to a hospital where he died on his heavy injuries.

At World Championships Schladming 1982, Nöckler finished 5th in Giant Slalom. His best results in Alpine World Cup: 3rd - Slalom Furano 27 February 1977, 4th – Giant Slalom Aare 21 March 1977, 5th – Slalom Kitzbuehel 13 January 1980, 4th Giant Slalom Adelboden 21 January 1980, 5th - Giant Slalom Morzine 6 January 1981, 4th Giant Slalom Schladming 3 February 1981, 3rd Giant Slalom Voss 11 February 1981. In Italian Championships 1980/81 he was victorious in Slalom und finished second in Giant Slalom.

Pegorari was twice Italian champion (Slalom 1972, Combinded 1973). Best results were a 2nd place (Slalom Mt. St. Anne/4 March 1973) and a 3rd place (Slalom Naeba/13 March 1973).

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  1. ^ "Biography". Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS), the International Ski Federation. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Raffeiner, Andreas (17 August 2012). "Vor 30 Jahren verunglückte der Südtiroler Skirennläufer Bruno Nöckler tödlich". skiweltcup.tv. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 

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