Günther Mader

Günther Mader (born 24 June 1964) is a former alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist from Austria. Born in Matrei am Brenner, Tyrol, he is one of only five men to have won World Cup races in all five alpine disciplines (downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, and combined).

Günther Mader
Alpine skier
DisciplinesDownhill, Super G,
Giant Slalom, Slalom,
ClubSC Gries Am Brenner
Born (1964-06-24) June 24, 1964 (age 56)
Matrei am Brenner,
Tyrol, Austria
Height177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
World Cup debut22 December 1982
(age 18)
RetiredMarch 1998 (age 33)
Teams4 - (1988-98)
Medals1 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams7 - (1985-97)
Medals6 (0 gold)
World Cup
Seasons16 - (1983-98)
Overall titles0 - (2nd in 1995 & 1996)
Discipline titles2 - (1 GS, 1 K )

Mader made his World Cup debut at age 18 and competed for 16 seasons, including four Winter Olympics and seven world championships. He was the bronze medalist in the downhill at the 1992 Olympics and won a total of six medals in the world championships. He won his first championship medal, the silver medal in the Slalom Race at Crans Montana in 1987, after only placing eighth after the first leg of the competition. Mader won two World Cup season titles, giant slalom in 1990 and combined in 1996, and placed second in the overall World Cup standings in 1995 and 1996, and third in 1990. Without his 14 wins, he did achieve another 27 places in World Cup races.[clarification needed]

His only World Cup victory in downhill was the prestigious Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel, Austria, in 1996 at age 31. Mader retired from competition after the 1998 season with 14 World Cup victories, 44 podiums, and 146 top ten finishes.[1]

Only 13 days after his retirement in March 1998, he suffered a stroke: as a result the right side of his body was paralysed and he lost 85 percent of his vocabulary. However he recovered to the greatest possible extent. After convalescence, he wrote a book titled ÜberLeben which covered his career, the stroke and his work as director of racing at ski manufacturer Salomon in Austria, a position he took up during his recovery from his stroke. ÜberLeben has a double meaning in German, translatable as "about life" but also as "survival".

World Cup victoriesEdit

Season titlesEdit

Season Discipline
1990 Giant Slalom
1996 Combined

Individual racesEdit

Season Date Location Race
1986 21 Feb 1986 Wengen, Switzerland Combined
2 Mar 1986 Geilo, Norway Slalom
1988 20 Mar 1988 Åre, Sweden Combined
1990 2 Dec 1989 Mt. Ste. Anne, Canada Giant Slalom
30 Jan 1990 Les Menuires, France Super-G
1991 6 Jan 1991 Garmisch, Germany Super-G
1992 8 Mar 1992 Panorama, Canada Super-G
1993 28 Mar 1993 Whistler, Canada Super-G
1994 27 Nov 1993 Park City, USA Giant Slalom
12 Dec 1993 Val-d'Isère, France Super-G
1995 16 Jan 1995 Kitzbühel, Austria Super-G
1996 13 Jan 1996 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill
14 Jan 1996 Combined
1997 12 Jan 1997 Chamonix, France Combined


  1. ^ Ski-db.com - results - Günther Mader - accessed 2011-01-16

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