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A legendary figure in the history of skiing, Christian Neureuther was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on April 28, 1949. With his skill on the slopes, Neureuther, a former German ski racer, made a lasting impression on the sport. But his impact goes well beyond skiing, as he has taken on a variety of jobs from environmental advocate to television celebrity.
Early Life and Career
Christian Neureuther, the son of a doctor, embarked on a career that combined his passion for skiing with remarkable success. After graduating, he first sought a career in medicine, but he quickly realized that skiing was his true calling. After Neureuther became a drummer for the soul group FBI, his life shifted to include skiing.
He made news in 1968 when, at the age of 18, he placed fourth in the German Championships’ downhill skiing competition. This was the first of many athletic accomplishments that would characterize his career. His mastery in giant slalom brought him twelve master championships; in slalom, his supremacy yielded five straight wins from 1974 to 1978.
As Germany’s best-ever young talent, Neureuther had high hopes going into the Ski World Cup in the winter of 1969–1970. But the strain caused him to stumble repeatedly, thus he became known as “Sturzreuther” (Falling Reuther). Despite the difficulties, he persisted and won his first World Cup on January 14, 1973, in the challenging Lauberhorn slalom in Wengen. His career took a radical swing after this triumph.
Christian Neureuther, at thirty years old, declared his retirement from competitive sports following a stellar 1979–1980 season. Despite his inability to win a medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics, his status as a skier was already solidified by his accomplishments and efforts.
After making a fleeting return in 1981, where he placed sixth in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen slalom, Neureuther decided to retire. Notably, he declined to get a “B license,” which is a badge of professionalism in the sport of skiing.
Christian Neureuther moved easily into several jobs after retirement. He demonstrated his flexibility as a member of the jury on the television program “Dalli Dalli” from 1980 to 1986. Because he and his wife, Rosi Mittermaier, controlled half of a ski manufacturing firm, his influence also stretched to the commercial world.
Is Christian Neureuther Married?
Christian Neureuther was married to Rosi Mittermaier. They have two children, Ameli and Felix Neureuther. Sadly, Rosi passed away on January 4, 2023.