Bavaria mourns ski star – his life in pictures

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Rosi Mittermaier died at the age of 72 following a serious illness. All of Bavaria mourns the loss of its “Gold-Rosi”. We have compiled their most important places of activity in pictures.

1/24Rosi Mittermaier, Bavaria’s most down-to-earth and perhaps most planned ski superstar. A life in pictures. © Image/dpa/dpa
Rosi Mittermaier grew up in the middle of the Winkelmoos-Alm, a highly branched alp area and high plateau in southern Upper Bavaria
2 / 24Rosi Mittermaier grew up in the middle of the Winkelmoos-Alm, a widely branching alpine area and high plateau in southern Upper Bavaria (municipality of Reit im Winkl). Her father, a businessman and innkeeper, is a state-certified ski instructor. He demands a lot from little Rosi from the start. In two skiing accidents at the age of twelve, she first broke her ankle, shortly before she healed her lower leg on the same leg and was unable to ski for several months. But just a year later she took part in the youth championships and trained for the national team for the first time in 1965. © Munich Mercure
In action: Rosi Mittermaier trains ahead of his biggest triumph over Axamer Lizum in the Stubaital in 1976.
3 / 24In action: Rosi Mittermaier training ahead of her biggest triumph over Axamer Lizum in the Stubaital in 1976. © Münchner Merkur
Winter Olympics in Innsbruck in February 1976
4 / 24Her greatest triumph: Rosie Mittermaier after her downhill race at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics in February 1976. There Mittermaier won a medal in all three alpine skiing competitions: on February 8, she won the downhill half a second ahead of Brigitte Totschnig and was the first German skier to win an Olympic gold medal since Heidi Biebl in 1960 – Mittermaier had never won a World Cup downhill race before. Three days later, she also won the slalom with the best time in the second run, after her teammate Pamela Behr had initially taken the lead. In the last giant slalom, on February 13, she took second place, twelve hundredths of a second behind Canadian Kathy Kreiner. © Munich Mercure
Rosi Mittermaier Alpine Skiing Olympia 1976 in Innsbruck 05 02 1976 gold medal in downhill slalom
5 / 24Two gold medals in downhill and a silver in giant slalom: According to her own words, Rosi Mittermaier trained exceptionally intensively this summer for these Olympic Games in order to “finally do more” in view of the upcoming end of his career. © Imago
Because it shines so well, here is another medal photo.
6 / 24Because it shines so well, here is another medal photo. © dpa
Mittermaier with her husband Neureuther skiing.
7 / 24Mittermaier with her husband Neureuther skiing. © Munich Mercure
The love of his life, Christian Neureuther, also a competitive skier, here at the 1974 Alpine Skiing World Championships in St. Moritz, married Rosi Mittermaier in 1980.
8 / 24The love of his life, Christian Neureuther, also a competitive skier, here at the 1974 Alpine Skiing World Championships in St. Moritz, married Rosi Mittermaier in 1980. © dpa
Rosi Mittermaier and Christian Neureuther at their wedding in 1980.
9 / 24Rosi Mittermaier and Christian Neureuther during their wedding in 1980. © Imago
Here, the two are enjoying their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.  Rosi Mittermaier was an avid diver and surfer.
10/24Here the two enjoy their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic in 1980. Rosi Mittermaier was an avid diver, skydiver and surfer. In the spring of 1973, she was injured while surfing in Hawaii and thus missed the end of the season and the eventual victory in the slalom World Cup. © Imago
A few years later, Christian Neureuther and Rosi Mittermaier had two children: Félix and Amélie Neureuther.
11/24A few years later, Christian Neureuther and Rosi Mittermaier had two children: Félix and Amélie Neureuther. © Imago
Here with their children Félix, who has just won the bronze medal in slalom at the 2017 Alpine Skiing World Championships in Saint-Moritz, and Amélie, a successful fashion designer.
12/24Here with their children Félix, who has just won the bronze medal in slalom at the 2017 Alpine Skiing World Championships in Saint-Moritz, and Amélie, a successful fashion designer. © Sammy Minkoff/Imago
Rosi Mittermaier with her husband Christian Neureuther in her third passion after diving and skiing: parachuting.
13/24Rosi Mittermaier with her husband Christian Neureuther in her third passion after diving and skiing: parachuting. © Imago
Long after her career ended, Rosi Mittermaier was still a popular part of the Bavarian public.  Here in conversation with the then mayor of Munich, Christian Ude.  Our photographer Merkur Klaus Haag took the picture with the Garmisch Alps in the background.
14 / 24Long after her career ended, Rosi Mittermaier was still a popular part of the Bavarian public. Here in conversation with the then mayor of Munich, Christian Ude. Our photographer Merkur Klaus Haag took the picture with the Garmisch Alps in the background. © Klaus Haag
Rosi Mittermaier in Bonn in 1997 when she was named the first
15 / 24Rosi Mittermaier in Bonn in 1997 when she was named the first “German Ambassador for Sport, Tolerance and Fair Play”. Incidentally, Mittermaier was a sports teacher in his other life. © dpa
Rosi Mittermaier and her husband were among those who made Nordic walking grow in Germany, here at a book launch at Munich's China Tower.
16 / 24Rosi Mittermaier and her husband were among those who made Nordic walking grow in Germany, here at a book launch at Munich’s China Tower. © Sigi Jantz
Forever linked to the mountains: Rosi Mittermaier on tour in the Alps.
17/24Forever linked to the mountains: Rosi Mittermaier on tour in the Alps. © tz
Rosi Mittermaier with her friend and companion Markus Wasmaier at the presentation of the Bavarian Order of Merit in the Maximilianeum.
18 / 24Rosi Mittermaier with her friend and companion Markus Wasmaier at the presentation of the Bavarian Order of Merit in the Maximilianeum. © Marcus sleeping
Fun for everyone: Rosi Mittermaier at the celebration of 70 years of the Bogner company in a historic ski outfit including wooden skis.
19/24Fun for everyone: Rosi Mittermaier at the celebration of 70 years of the Bogner company in a historic ski outfit including wooden skis. © Jantz
Fun for everyone: Rosi Mittermaier at the celebration of 70 years of the Bogner company in a historic ski outfit including wooden skis.
20/24Fun for everyone: Rosi Mittermaier at the celebration of 70 years of the Bogner company in a historic ski outfit including wooden skis. © Sigi Jantz
Or like here cooking an apple strudel at her home in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen region.
21 / 24Or like here cooking an apple strudel at her home in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen region. © Imago
Rosi Mittermaier bakes apple strudel at the alpine hut Christian Neureuther visiting Garmisch P
22 / 24Here with the result and her husband. © Imago
Rosi Mittermaier has been involved in numerous charity projects: here as godmother of the national children's rheumatism foundation with children suffering from rheumatism in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
23 / 24Rosi Mittermaier has been involved in numerous charity projects: here as godmother of the national children’s rheumatism foundation with children suffering from rheumatism in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. © dpa
Always good for a smile: Rosi Mittermaier on her 70th birthday.  After that, everything became calm around the Bavarian superstar.  Rosi Mittermaier died on January 4 after a long illness.
24/24Always good for a smile: Rosi Mittermaier on her 70th birthday. After that, everything became calm around the Bavarian superstar. Rosi Mittermaier died on January 4 after a long illness. © Angelika Warmuth/dpa

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