Rosi Mittermaier died after a serious illness
Created: 2023-01-06 04:46
By: Alexander Kaindl
Rosi Mittermaier won Olympic gold twice.
Now the German ski legend has passed away at the age of 72.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Mourning for Rosi Mittermaier: The German ski legend died at the age of 72.
The family confirmed this to
The former exceptional skier "fell asleep peacefully with the family" on Wednesday after a serious illness.
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Former gold skier was seriously ill
Mittermaier leaves behind her husband Christian Neureuther (73), also a former ski racer, their children Ameli (41) and Felix Neureuther (38) and four grandchildren.
Son Felix won several World Championship medals as a slalom specialist and ended his active career almost four years ago.
On the evening of his mother's death, he was still working as a TV expert at night slalom in Garmisch, as reported by
Daughter Ameli works as a fashion designer.
Rosi Mittermaier passed away after a serious illness.
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Rosi Mittermaier is dead: two gold and one silver at the 1976 Olympics
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.
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.
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The cause of Rosi Mittermaier's death was a serious illness: the family published a statement
"We as a family announce the sad news that our beloved wife, mom and grandma passed away peacefully on January 4th, 2023 after a serious illness surrounded by the family," said Christian, Felix and Ameli.
The sympathy in Bavaria and Germany was enormous just a few minutes after the report.
A number of friends and fans said goodbye to the "Gold-Rosi" on social networks.
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DSV President Dr.
Franz Steinle said in a statement: "With Rosi Mittermaier, the ski family loses an extraordinary personality who rightly enjoyed great popularity beyond the sport.
Rosi Mittermaier was friendly and humble, always willing to help for any good cause - regardless of the function in which she could help.
She was a soul of man.”
Mittermaier's husband Christian Neureuther was still "damn lucky" in 2021, as he himself described after meningitis.