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Heinrich "Heini" Messner (born 1 September 1939) is a retired Austrian alpine skier. He competed at the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics and won two bronze medals: in the giant slalom in 1968 and in the downhill in 1972.[1]

Heinrich Messner
Heinrich Messner 1968.jpg
Personal information
Born1 September 1939 (1939-09) (age 79)
Obernberg am Brenner, Austria
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
SportAlpine skiing
ClubSportverein Tirol

On 5 January 1967 Messner won the first ever World Cup race, a slalom; he had 15 more World Cup podium finishes later in his career. In the 1970s he pioneered the use of short skis in the technical races. Messner retired in 1972 season and for two years trained the Austrian women’s team. He then moved to Steinach am Brenner where he ran a ski school, a boarding house, and a ski rental service.[1]


  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Heinrich Messner". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015.