Double Olympic Skiing Champion Rosi Mittermaier Dies At 72!
Rosi Mittermaier, who narrowly missed sweeping all three of the women’s Alpine skiing competitions at the 1976 Winter Olympics despite winning gold in both the downhill and slalom events, has passed away. She was 72.
According to a statement from Mittermaier’s family, she passed away peacefully on Wednesday “after a serious illness,” according to the German news agency DPA.
West Germany’s sole gold medal winners in the 1976 Games in Innsbruck, Austria, were Mittermaier and West Germany.
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She came within. Twelve seconds after becoming the first woman to win three Alpine skiing gold medals at the same Olympics, Kathy Kreiner of Canada won the giant slalom and earned the silver. Germany’s “Gold-Rosi” Mittermaier, who was 25 years old when he retired at the end of the season, was the first German to win the World Cup in 1976.
In a 2020 interview with DPA, Mittermaier discussed how her postman encountered challenges delivering 27,000 letters of fan mail to her parents’ mountain home in a single month due to her Olympic triumphs in Germany. In addition to her career as a TV sports commentator, Rosi Mittermaier was well-known in Germany for her dedication to charitable causes.
With her sisters Heidi and Evi, her husband Christian Neureuther, and their son Felix Neureuther all competing at the Olympics, Rosi Mittermaier came from a distinguished skiing family.
“Rosi Mittermaier was an endearing and trustworthy representative of the sport who always dealt with people openly and humbly. Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee and a fellow German, stated that she inspired all of us with her kindness and smile. We shall all refer to her as “Gold-Rosi” in memory of her for all of these reasons, not just for her two Olympic gold medals.