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.
Mittermaier and husband
Christian Neureuther in May 2013
|Disciplines||Downhill, Giant Slalom,|
|Born||5 August 1950|
Reit im Winkl, Bavaria,
|Height||1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|World Cup debut||1 February 1967 (age 16)|
|Retired||31 May 1976 (age 25)|
|Teams||3 – (1968, 1972, 1976)|
|Medals||3 (2 gold)|
|Teams||5 – (1968–76)|
includes 3 Olympics
|Medals||4 (3 gold)|
|Seasons||10 – (1967–76)|
|Wins||10 – (1 GS, 8 SL, 1 K)|
|Podiums||41 – (4 DH, 11 GS, 22 SL, 4 K)|
|Overall titles||1 – (1976)|
|Discipline titles||2 – (SL & K in 1976)|
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.
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.
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.
World Cup resultsEdit
Points were only awarded for top ten finishes (see scoring system).
|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 resultsEdit
From 1948 through 1980, the Winter Olympics were also the World Championships for alpine skiing.
At the World Championships from 1954 through 1980, the combined was a "paper race" using the results of the three events (DH, GS, SL).
Olympic results Edit
|1968||17||DNF2||20||not run||25||not run|
- on YouTube
- "Rosi Mittermaier retires from racing". Ottawa Citizen. Reuters. 1 June 1976. p. 27.
- "'Grandma' Rosi out of racing". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. 1 June 1976. p. 21.
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rosi Mittermaier". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
- Johnson, William Oscar (16 February 1976). "On came the heroes". Sports Illustrated: 13.
- Johnson, William Oscar (23 February 1976). "Opening up those golden gates". Sports Illustrated. p. 12.
- "Mittermaier wins World Cup". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. 7 March 1976. p. 3B.
- "Rosi has run named for her". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. 8 March 1976. p. 20.
- Looney, Douglas S. (15 March 1976). "Adding a title to a triumph". Sports Illustrated: 18.
- Cazeneuve, Brian (18 February 2012). "2002 Winter Olympics – SI Daily: Where are they now? Rosi Mittermaier". CNNSI. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- Scott, Ronald B. (7 March 1977). "Rosi Mittermaier Parlays Olympic Gold into Fame and Wealth". People. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rosi Mittermaier.|
- Rosi Mittermaier at the International Ski Federation
- Rosi Mittermaier – 1967–76 World Cup standings at the International Ski Federation
- Rosi Mittermaier at Ski-DB Alpine Ski Database
- Rosi Mittermaier at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
- Rosi Mittermaier at the International Olympic Committee
- Official website (in German)
|Awards and achievements|
| German Sportswoman of the Year