Rainer Schönfelder

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Rainer Schönfelder
Rainer Schönfelder Austrian Championships 2008.jpg
Medal record
Men's alpine skiing
Representing  Austria
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Turin Combined
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Turin Slalom
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2005 Bormio Team Event

Rainer Schönfelder (born 13 June 1977) is an Austrian former skier who won the 2003–2004 men's World Cup slalom title.

Career[edit]

Born in Bleiburg, Carinthia, Austria, Schönfelder made his debut in the 1995–1996 season, finishing 115th in the overall rankings. He quickly began to excel in the slalom events, and improved his position in the overall World Cup standing to 10th place by the 2003–2004 season.

Apart from his slalom success in the 2003–2004 World Cup, his other achievements include 2 bronze medals (combined and slalom) at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy and a 4th place in the combined event at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

On 27 March 2004, Schönfelder tested positive for the stimulant Etilephrine at the Austrian slalom championships. However, he was not banned and is competing in 2004–05, since it was found that he had taken the substance inadvertently while undergoing treatment of influenza.[1]

Rainer Schönfelder has also had some success as a pop singer in Austria, especially with a cover version of Wolfgang Ambros' classic hit "Schifoan" (meaning "skiing").

Schönfelder made headlines on 10 January 2007 by skiing nude after losing a bet with his physiotherapist.[2]

Trivia[edit]

Before the race in Chamonix Schönfelder slipped in the bathroom and got a contusion on his testicles.[3]

World Cup results[edit]

Overall[edit]

Season Discipline
2004 Slalom

Individual victories[edit]

Date Location Race
6 February 2000 Germany Todtnau Slalom
20 January 2002 Austria Kitzbühel Slalom
24 November 2002 United States Park City Slalom
8 March 2003 Japan Shigakogen Slalom
8 February 2004 Switzerland Adelboden Slalom

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1996 18 115 39
1997 19 Did not score a point
1998 20 Did not score a point
1999 21 63 24
2000 22 25 7 29
2001 23 28 9 36
2002 24 26 5 40
2003 25 16 3 31
2004 26 10 1 21
2005 27 14 2 21
2006 28 14 14 13 35 4
2007 29 34 26 18 8
2008 30 15 17 20 53 29 5
2009 31 123 59 49
2010 32 127 50
2011 33 Did not score a point
2012 34 127 42
2013 35 Did not score a point

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Anna Thompson (13 May 2004). "Rap for skier Schoenfelder". BBC Sport. 
  2. ^ Bulman, Erica (2007-01-07). "Skier Skis Nude After Losing Bet". ABC News. ESPN Sports. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2006-01-07. 
  3. ^ "Rainer Schönfelders accident in the bath room". ORF Sport News. 2007-10-28.