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Josef "Josl" Rieder (3 December 1932 – 15 June 2019)[2] was an Austrian alpine skier. He competed at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, but was disqualified in the downhill event and failed to finishing the slalom.[1] He lit the Olympic Flame at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck.[3] At the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1958, he won three medals with a gold in slalom and silvers in the giant slalom and combination events.[4]

Josl Rieder
Josl Rieder 1964 Olympic cauldron.jpg
Rieder lighting the Olympic cauldron in 1964
Personal information
Born(1932-12-03)3 December 1932
Lermoos, Austria[1]
Died15 June 2019(2019-06-15) (aged 86)
Height162 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
SportAlpine skiing
ClubSC Lermoos


Olympic Games
Preceded by
Giancarlo Peris
Final Olympic torchbearer
Innsbruck 1964
Succeeded by
Yoshinori Sakai
Preceded by
Ken Henry
Final Winter Olympic torchbearer
Innsbruck 1964
Succeeded by
Alain Calmat