A Rosi outlook – Rosi Mittermaier
VAIL ” A special ceremony will round out the 2006 Countrywide American Ski Classic social festivities Saturday evening, as one of Germany’s most prolific ski racers will be honored. Rosi Mittermaier will be inducted into the International Ski Hall of Fame at the Legends Banquet.
“Rosi Mittermaier is a tremendous ambassador for the sport of skiing,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “Her competitive career ranks among the all time greats, while her professional endeavors continue to promote and further skiing at all levels. It is indeed an honor for us to welcome Rosi to the International Ski Hall of Fame as 2006’s Legend of Honor.”
A triple Olympic medalist at the 1976 Games in Innsbruck, Austria, Mittermaier claimed the gold in Downhill and Slalom, while mining silver in Giant Slalom. She also collected an FIS World Championships gold medal in Combined at the Innsbruck Games.
Mittermaier missed the Olympic hat trick by a mere 12-hundredths of a second as Canadian Kathy Kreiner spoiled the celebration with the Giant Slalom gold. One half second ahead of Kreiner’s pace at the midway timing split, the German lost precious fractions of a second when she took too direct a line into one of the final gates.
The season-long 1976 campaign proved to be equally special for Mittermaier as she also earned the season-long World Cup overall crown, in addition to her Olympic exploits. During the course of her World Cup career, she posted a total of 10 wins, eight in slalom and one in Giant Slalom, along with a Combined victory.
After that season, “Gold Rosi” gave up World Cup competitive skiing and in 1980 married slalom champion Christian Neureuther. The parents of two children, son Felix Neureuther is a current member of the German World Cup technical team.
A three-time Olympian, Mittermaier is now a member of the German National Olympic Committee. German sports fans can still see the native of Reit im Winkl regularly as she comments on televised ski events, endorses products and develops Erbacher ski products for the company she and her husband co-own. She is also intimately involved in Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s bid for the 2011 World Alpine Ski Championships.
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