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Rosi Mittermaier has left a lasting legacy in the world of alpine skiing. Her talent, dedication, and infectious spirit continue to inspire generations of athletes.
She will be remembered as one of Germany’s most successful and beloved alpine skiers.
Rosi Withtermaier’s Biography
Rosa Anna Katharina Mittermaier-Neureuther, better known as Rosi Mittermaier, was a German alpine skier who achieved great success in her career.
Mittermaier was born in Munich on August 5, 1950, and grew up in Reit im Winkl on the Winklmoos-Alm. Her father was a licenced skiing instructor who ran a ski school where he taught his daughters to ski.
Mittermaier debuted in the World Cup in 1967 and rapidly distinguished herself as a gifted skier. She won her first World Cup race two seasons later, kicking off a tremendous career.
Her breakout season came in 1976 when she won two gold medals in downhill and slalom at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. Her Olympic downhill victory was her sole downhill victory in her international career. Mittermaier’s success was dubbed her “Gold-Rosi” in Germany.
In addition to her Olympic success, Mittermaier won the overall World Cup title in 1976, as well as the slalom and combined season titles. After a particularly successful 1976 season, she retired from international competition at the age of 25.
She won a total of 16 German national titles during her career.
Mittermaier joined Mark McCormack’s International Management Group after retiring from sports and worked alongside other well-known athletes.
She created a winter sports clothing line and made international appearances for numerous skiing brands. Mittermaier also dabbled in nonfiction writing, co-authoring numerous volumes with her husband, Christian Neureuther.
She also volunteered for charities and worked as a pundit for German television during important sporting events. She founded a nonprofit foundation to help children with rheumatism in 2000.
In 1980, Mittermaier married Christian Neureuther, a former World Cup slalom racer. Felix Neureuther, a successful World Cup ski racer, and Ameli, a fashion designer, are their two children.
Mittermaier died on January 4, 2023, at the age of 72, from cancer. Her contributions to alpine skiing and her outstanding achievements were recognised with various prizes and honours, including German Sportswoman of the Year in 1976.
In 2006, she was also admitted into Germany’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Who Is Rosi Withtermaier’s Husband?
Rosi Withtermaier was happily married to her husband, Christian Neureuther, a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Germany.