Ski star Rosi Mittermaier
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Germany's former exceptional ski racer Rosi Mittermaier is dead. The family of the two-time Olympic champion confirmed this to the Sports Information Service (SID) and the Bavarian Radio on Thursday.
Mittermaier "fell asleep peacefully with the family" on Wednesday after a serious illness, she was 72 years old.
Mittermaier was born in Munich in 1950.
She grew up on the Winklmoosalm above Reit im Winkl, where her parents had a restaurant and a ski school.
She learned to ski when she was three years old.
Mittermaier made her international debut in the 1966/1967 season, her most successful winter would follow ten years later.
At the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, she won gold in the downhill and slalom, as well as silver in the giant slalom.
With this triumphant series of successes, she became the most successful skier of all time up to that point.
"In the first four weeks after my success at the 1976 Olympic Games, the postman brought 40,000 letters to our home," she later said in an interview about her newfound popularity.
At the end of the season, she retired from active competitive sports at the age of 25.
Resignation at the peak of success
At the time, these successes also counted as World Cup medals, and the Alpine World Ski Championships were integrated into the Winter Games.
Here Mittermaier also won the title in the non-Olympic combination.
She also won the overall World Cup this winter, and Mittermaier retired at the end of the season at the age of 25.
Mittermaier leaves behind her husband Christian Neureuther, also a former ski racer, their children Ameli and Felix Neureuther and their grandchildren.
Son Felix won several world championship medals as a slalom specialist.
The 38-year-old ended his active career almost four years ago.
Daughter Ameli works as a fashion designer.