Markus Wasmeier

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Markus Wasmeier
— Alpine skier —
2011-07-07 MarkusWasmeier-1500.jpg
Wasmeier in July 2011
Disciplines Downhill, Super G,
Giant Slalom, Combined
Born (1963-09-09) 9 September 1963 (age 51)
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
World Cup debut 29 January, 1984 (age 20)
Retired March 1994 (age 30)
Website wasmeier.de
Olympics
Teams 3 - (198894)
Medals 2 (2 gold)
World Championships
Teams 5 - (198593)
Medals 2 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 11 - (198494)
Wins 9 - (2 DH, 6 SG, 1 K)
Podiums 31
Overall titles 0 - (3rd in 1986, 1987)
Discipline titles 1 - (1 SG, 1986)

Markus Wasmeier (born 9 September 1963 in Schliersee, Bavaria, Germany) is a former alpine ski racer and twice Olympic gold medalist.[1]

At the 1985 World Championships at Bormio, Italy, he won the Giant Slalom at age 21, before recording a World Cup victory.

Wasmeier won a total of nine World Cup races, starting with two victories on 9 February 1986, in the Combined and Super-G events at Morzine, France.

His greatest achievement was double gold medals in both Giant Slalom and Super-G at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.[2] [3] His victory in the Super-G by 0.09 seconds denied the silver medalist, downhill champion Tommy Moe of the U.S., of double gold in the speed events on his 24th birthday.[4] The surprising result of double Olympic gold for Wasmeier at age 30 gained him the title of "Sportsman of the Year" in Germany.

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1984 20 61 27 not
awarded
31
1985 21 10 9 19 5
1986 22 3 41 8 1 14 2
1987 23 3 44 6 3 14
1988 24 6 15 2 14 4
1989 25 5 21 6 9 2
1990 26 20 29 9 17 3
1991 27 40 6 11
1992 28 7 23 9 6 3
1993 29 14 44 35 13 17 13
1994 30 25 17 10 38 15

Season titles[edit]

Season Discipline
1986 Super-G

Individual races[edit]

9 wins (2 DH, 6 SG, 1 K)

Season Date Location Discipline
1986 9 February 1986 Morzine, France Combined
Super-G
16 March 1986 Whistler, Canada Super G
1987 6 December 1986 Val-d'Isère, France Super-G
11 January 1987 Garmisch, West Germany Super G
17 January 1987 Wengen, Switzerland Downhill
1988 10 January 1988 Val-d'Isère, France Super G
1991 17 March 1991 Lake Louise, Canada Super G
1992 11 January 1992 Garmisch, Germany Downhill

Today[edit]

After retiring from competitive skiing, Wasmeier founded the farm and winter sport museum Bauernhof- und Wintersportmuseum Schliersee, and he has remained its curator and patron ever since. The museum provides insight into traditional Bavarian peasant life and aims to preserve old traditions by communicating them to coming generations.[5]

In 2009, Wasmeier shared his passion for building restoration and preserving tradition with an international group of young people through his involvement with the D&F Academy (now The DO School). Wasmeier worked with an international group of young people to restore a 17th-century farmhouse in the German Alps utilizing original materials, traditional tools, wood-crafting and handicraft techniques.[6] He remains involved with the DO School as an advisor and supporter.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Markus Wasmeier GER". Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Olympic results
  3. ^ "Olympics". Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Araton, Harvey. "WINTER OLYMPICS; Wasmeier Finally Paints His Masterpiece as Moe Takes the Silver". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Old Bavarian Village, Schliersee". Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Jahr, Jonica. "Ein Mann, der mit dem Herzen denkt!". 
  7. ^ "The DO School Advisors". Retrieved 19 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Germany Henry Maske
German Sportsman of the Year
1994
Succeeded by
Germany Michael Schumacher