Skiing legend Rosi Mittermaier († 72) has died, the family confirmed to Bayerischer Rundfunk.
The runner died of serious cancer in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
At the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Mittermaier won two gold medals in downhill and slalom and a silver medal in giant slalom. At the height of his career, “Gold-Rosi” quit. Six months ago, the sad news of cancer.
Mittermaier first got on skis when he was two years old. Born in Munich, she grew up in Winklmoosalm, where her parents had a hostel with a ski school.
The marriage to Christian Neureuther (73) produced a son Felix (38), also a successful skier. Her daughter Ameli Neureuther (41) is a fashion designer. Everyone took dedicated care of Rosi Mittermaier after her illness.
sad: Rosa, the mother of Rosi Mittermaier, also died of cancer at the age of 73.
Rosi Mittermaier became socially active for decades after the end of her career, was, among other things, godmother of the German Foundation for Children’s Rheumatism.
The successful athlete founded a business with her husband, tried herself as a pop singer, wrote books and was a member of the National Olympic Committee.
But his great love has always been skiing. “To me, pure skiing is still the most beautiful thing there is and where my heart will always rise,” said the sports icon, who didn’t want to be reduced to the competitive athlete of the time.
But of course, she was often asked about her sporting successes. The Upper Bavarian became known as “Gold-Rosi” and was something of a pop star after his successes at the Olympics. “In my parents’ house there was a whole room full of mail and parcels. The postman told us that 27,000 letters arrived in a month, he went completely crazy because he had to bring all the flooding to the Winklmoosalm,” Mittermaier remembers on his 70th birthday.
The Bavarian Land Parliament honored Rosi Mittermaier as a great outstanding personality. “Rosi Mittermaier was an exceptional skier. Even after her skiing career, she was an exceptional personality and a popular figure – always active, always engaged, both sportingly and socially,” said Ilse Aigner (58/CSU), President of the Land Parliament.
Former ski pro Markus Wasmeier (59), who was a good friend of the Mittermaier family, called the deceased “unique”. You leave a “big void”. “We lost a fantastic person – Rosi had a heart the size of a bus, she was always there for everyone,” the two-time Olympic champion said in 1994. “You won’t find someone like that again.”
Successful ex-skier Christa Kinshofer (61) told BILD with tears in her eyes: “Rosi cheered me on before my first World Cup race in Bad Gastein in 1976. She was the last No. and I the twelfth best German. The first congratulations came from Rosi. Then, in 1980, I was a Hawaiian girl on stage at their wedding. Professor Neureuther, Christian’s father, asked me to read anecdotes from of a book. It was very atmospheric.
IOC President Thomas Bach (69) also paid tribute to Rosi Mittermaier and explained: “Rosi Mittermaier was an extremely likeable and credible sports ambassador who always approached people openly and modestly. She inspired us all. by her warmth and laughter, which is why she will always be remembered as “Gold-Rosi” not only because of her two Olympic gold medals
DSV director Wolfgang Maier (62) recalls a PK for the bid for the World Ski Championships in Garmisch 2011 in connection with BILD: “Rosi wanted to speak German because she was not quite made sure of English. It turned out so wonderful that a Japanese man, who certainly did not understand anything, immediately wanted to vote for him. Rosi was unique, not to be copied. You just had to love them.
Bayern idol Sepp Maier (78) remembers meeting Rosi Mittermaier at the 1976 Olympic reception in Reit im Winkl: “I danced a waltz there with Rosi. It was a lot of fun. It’s a shame that people like that have to die and others who deserve it live.”
Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (56 / CSU) was shocked by Mittermaier’s death. “Throughout Bavaria we mourn our Gold-Rosi, our country’s ambassador to the world. Not only was she an accomplished athlete, but she was a role model for all of us. We will all miss her commitment to her fellow human beings, her big heart and unforgettable dedication,” Söder wrote.
DSV President Dr. Franz Steinle expressed his condolences: “With Rosi Mittermaier, the ski family loses an extraordinary personality who rightly enjoyed great popularity beyond sport. Rosi Mittermaier was friendly and humble, always ready to help for any good cause – whatever function she might help in. She was a man’s soul.
Thomas Weikert (61), President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, shared very sad news for German sport. “Thank you, dear Rosi Mittermaier, for the enthusiasm you have aroused in so many people and for your commitment far beyond sport! Gold medals have been one of the most memorable memories in winter sports when I was young.
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