Franz Heinzer

Franz Heinzer (born April 11, 1962 in Rickenbach, Schwyz, Switzerland) is a former alpine ski racer, who specialized in downhill. He was World Cup champion in downhill three consecutive seasons (1991, 1992, 1993), second only to Franz Klammer (4 consecutive). He won a total of 15 World Cup downhill races, fourth behind Klammer (25), Peter Müller (19) and Stephan Eberharter (18). Together with Franz Klammer, Toni Sailer, Jean Claude Killy, Karl Schranz and Stephan Eberharter, he is considered among the best downhill racers of all time. He also won the season title in Super-G in 1991.

Franz Heinzer
Alpine skier
DisciplinesDownhill, Super G,
Combined
Born (1962-04-11) April 11, 1962 (age 58)
Rickenbach, Schwyz, Switzerland
Height181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
World Cup debut1981 – (age 18)
RetiredMarch 1994 – (age 31)
Olympics
Teams3 – (198894)
Medals0
World Championships
Teams6 – (198293)
Medals1 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons14 – (198194)
Wins17 – (15 DH, 2 K)
Podiums45
Overall titles0
Discipline titles4 – (3 DH, 1 SG)

Heinzer won at the world's most famous downhill venues: Kitzbühel (3x), Wengen, Val Gardena (2x), Garmisch, Val-d'Isère, Aspen, Lake Louise, and St. Anton. His victory in the downhill event at the 1991 World Championships came after three fourth places at previous championships (Schladming (1982), Bormio (1985) and Crans-Montana (1987). He didn't compete in the downhill at Vail in 1989. At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway, his right binding released at the starting gate, putting him out of the downhill race.[1]

A month later, Heinzer retired from international competition at age 31 with 17 World Cup victories and 45 podiums. He now runs his own sports products company in Altdorf, and since the winter of 2004, also works as the assistant coach of Swiss national downhill team.[2]

The Franz Heinzer Piste in the Swiss ski resort of Stoos, a FIS-approved downhill run on the Klingenstock, is named in his honour.[3]

World Cup resultsEdit

Season standingsEdit

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1981 18 36 not
run
10
1982 19 26 10
1983 20 26 19 not
awarded
19 9
1984 21 6 18 8 4
1985 22 5 36 6 2
1986 23 13 10 9 8
1987 24 12 25 3
1988 25 8 16 3 13
1989 26 31 20 14
1990 27 17 21 7 21
1991 28 4 1 1
1992 29 5 7 1
1993 30 3 3 1
1994 31 36 29 16

Season titlesEdit

4 season titles: 3 downhill, 1 super G

Season Discipline
1991 Downhill
Super-G
1992 Downhill
1993 Downhill

Individual racesEdit

17 race victories: 15 downhill, 2 combined

Season Date Location Race
1983 December 19, 1982 Val Gardena, Italy Combined
1984 December 9, 1983 Val-d'Isère, France Downhill
December 10, 1983 Combined
1986 February 22, 1986 Åre, Sweden Downhill
1987 January 4, 1987 Laax, Switzerland Downhill
1988 March 11, 1988 Beaver Creek, USA Downhill
1991 December 14, 1990 Val Gardena, Italy Downhill
January 12, 1991 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill
March 8, 1991 Aspen, USA Downhill
March 16, 1991 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill
1992 December 14, 1991 Val Gardena, Italy Downhill
January 17, 1992 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill
January 18, 1992 Downhill
January 25, 1992 Wengen, Switzerland Downhill
1993 January 10, 1993 Garmisch, Germany Downhill
January 16, 1993 St. Anton, Austria Downhill
January 23, 1993 Veysonnaz, Switzerland Downhill

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "YouTube video: Franz Heinzer, 1994 Olympic downhill". Eurosport. 13 February 1994. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Franz Heinzer". Swiss Ski team. Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Franz Heinzer Piste". myswitzerland.com. Switzerland Tourism. Retrieved 4 January 2018.

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