Rosi Mittermaier

Intro West German female former alpine skier
A.K.A. Goldrosi, Rosemarie Mittermaier-Neureuther, Rosi Mittermaier-Neureuthe…
Is Skier Athlete Alpine skier
From Germany
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 5 August 1950, Reit im Winkl, Germany
Star sign Leo

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.

Racing career

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. 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, 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, the four-year-old resort immediately named the race course run after her. In addition to her success in international competition, she also won 16 German national titles during her career.

After racing

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.

Personal life

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

World Cup results

Rosi Mittermaier on a 1976 Paraguay stamp

Season standings

Season Age Overall Slalom GiantSlalom Super G Downhill Combined
1967 16 27 19
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

Season Discipline
1976 Overall
Slalom
Combined

Race victories

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 Schruns, Austria Slalom
1970 14 Mar 1970 Voss, Norway Slalom
1973 2 Feb 1973 Schruns, Austria Slalom
1974 27 Feb 1974 Abetone, Italy Slalom
8 Mar 1974 Vysoké Tatry, Czechoslovakia Slalom
1975 13 Dec 1974 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Slalom
1976 17 Dec 1975 Combined
22 Jan 1976 Bad Gastein, Austria Slalom
5 Mar 1976 Copper Mountain, USA Giant Slalom
6 Mar 1976 Slalom

World championship results

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant Slalom  Super-G Downhill Combined
1968 17 DNF2 20 25
1970 19 15 7 20 5
1972 21 17 12 6 7
1974 23 6 DNF DNF
1976 25 1 2 1 1

Olympic results

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant Slalom  Super-G Downhill Combined
1968 17 DNF2 20 25
1972 21 17 12 6
1976 25 1 2 1

Video

1976 Winter Olympics – Rosi Mittermaier's three medal runs on YouTube

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