The grief caused by the death of ski legend Rosi Mittermaier is great. Many companions share their memories of Upper Bavaria.
- Death of Rosi Mittermaier: Maria Höfl-Riesch makes a moving statement.
- Markus Wasmeier mourns the loss of his girlfriend: the double Olympic champion pays tribute to Rosi Mittermaier.
- Rosi Mittermaier has died: The German ski legend has died at the age of 72.
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Update January 8, 3:06 p.m.: The skier Linus Straßer was once again on the podium in his favorite slalom in Adelboden and confirmed his good form one month before the World Championships in France. The 30-year-old, who traveled to the Chuenisbärgli after suffering from the flu, finished third on Sunday, 0.92 seconds behind Norwegian winner Lucas Braathen. Second was Braathen compatriot Atle Lie Mcgrath (+0.71).
“It’s the best race on the World Cup calendar,” enthused Straßer, who has already been on the podium twice in Adelboden in his career. “Anyone who wants to see a big World Cup must have come here.”
For the athlete from TSV 1860 Munich, it was the seventh slalom podium of his career, the second this winter. After the death of Alpine icon Rosi Mittermaier, Straßer started with a black ribbon. “Rosi laid the foundation for who we are today. None of us can even imagine the ski boom he sparked back then. She was just a really great woman,” Straßer told ZDF.
Straßer reacted shortly after the death of Rosi Mittermaier
Update January 8, 10:31 a.m.: German slalom ace Linus Straßer has reacted to the death of Rosi Mittermaier. The skier wrote on Instagram: “Pfiat di Rosi. You will always be remembered as an incredible skier and above all a generous person. My thoughts are with his family and of course my former teammate and friend Félix in particular I wish him and the whole family a lot of strength in these difficult times.
Update of January 5, 7:07 p.m.: FC Bayern legend Sepp Maier remembered former skier Rosi Mittermaier with an anecdote. In February 1976, Mittermaier’s home town of Reit im Winkl gave him a festive reception on the occasion of his phenomenal performance at the Innsbruck Olympics with two gold medals and one silver.
Thousands of people were waiting for their idol at the time. Upon arrival, Mittermaier was chauffeured to the main square, where she was made an honorary citizen by the mayor. Then there was a big ball in a hotel in Reit im Winkl: “I danced a waltz there with Rosi”, recalls Maier in the Photo. It was a “huge pleasure”. “It’s a shame that people like this have to die and others who deserve it live.”
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Update of January 5, 6:34 p.m.: “All of Bavaria mourns the Rosi gold.” Prime Minister Markus Söder paid tribute to late ski idol Rosi Mittermaier on Twitter. “Rosi Mittermaier was a great example of how to stay down to earth despite stunning success. She has shown herself to be exemplary for the love of the fatherland, sportsmanship, tolerance and fair play. Our thoughts are with his family,” Söder tweeted.
In another article he published shortly after, the CSU boss described Mittermaier as an “ambassador of our country to the world”, whose “devotion to fellow human beings, big heart and unforgettable devotion” we will miss. “The many beautiful personal encounters and their warmth of heart will remain unforgettable.”
Death of Rosi Mittermaier: Moving statement by Marie Höfl-Riesch – “a huge shock”
Update of January 5, 4:36 p.m.: Former ski racer Maria Höfl-Riesch reacted with great emotion to the death of Rosi Mittermaier. “It’s a huge shock. Of course, 72 years old is way too early and I’m incredibly sad. I’ve known Rosi all my life. For me, she has always been Felix’s mother (Neureuther, editor’s note ). I went to kindergarten with Felix, to primary school. I thank her for everything,” the 38-year-old told the German Press Agency.
Mittermaier ensured that women’s sport was viewed differently. “She always remained normal, so humble. You couldn’t help but love them,” Höfl-Riesch said, acknowledging her down-to-earth attitude.
Sven Hannawald on the death of Rosi Mittermaier: “Posts like today make me extremely sad”
Former ski jumper Sven Hannawald expressed his sadness on Instagram. “News like today makes me extremely sad. Our last meeting describes you as you were from a young age, but also after all your great successes. A ray of sunshine and a role model for all. Rest in peace dear Rosi “wrote the man of 48 years.
Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann: Rosi Mittermaier’s death “a great loss for the Bavarian sports world”
Update from January 5, 3:48 p.m.: The death of Rosi Mittermaier also affected the Bavarian delegation which attended the funeral of Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. attended, causing consternation. “The death of Rosi Mittermaier has affected me very much as Sports Minister and above all personally. It is a great loss for the Bavarian sports world,” said Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann.
“We are not only mourning the loss of an outstanding Bavarian ski legend and a great athlete, but also of a wonderful personality and a great figure of sympathy. Fairness has always been at the top of the Rosi’s agenda,” Herrmann continued.
The president of the Catholic aid organization missio Munich was particularly shocked by Mittermaier’s death. “I’m shocked because I didn’t know she was apparently ill,” said Wolfgang Huber, who was born in Mittermaier’s hometown of Reit im Winkl in the Traunstein district, according to the Catholic News Agency. He always met him as “sporty and healthy,” said Huber, who also testified to the former skier’s “down-to-earth faith.”
FC Bayern boss Herbert Hainer was there live at Mittermaier’s greatest moment
Update from January 5, 12:50 p.m.: Herbert Hainer, President of FC Bayern, also pays tribute to the deceased Olympic champion: “Rosi Mittermaier was one of Germany’s greatest athletes and a unique Bavarian figurehead. She moved and inspired people. I was able to experience it myself, among other things, in 1976 when she won her second Olympic gold medal in slalom in Innsbruck on the ski slope. FC Bayern mourns alongside family, loved ones and friends.
Update from January 5, 12:10 p.m.: Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) was shocked by the death of Rosi Mittermaier. “Across 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. Her commitment to her fellow human beings will be missed by all of us, her great heart and unforgettable dedication,” Söder wrote Thursday.
For the Bavarian Prime Minister, the double Olympic champion was an excellent example of “how one can remain down-to-earth and accessible despite breathtaking successes. She has shown herself to be exemplary for the love of the fatherland, the sportsmanship , tolerance and fair play. Our hearts go out to her family. Bavaria will always keep her in honorable memory,” Söder explained.
Rosi Mittermaier is dead: the companions cry – “You will not find a person like that again”
First report of January 5, 2023:
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Former world-class German skier Rosi Mittermaier has died in Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the age of 72. The family of the double Olympic champion confirmed this Thursday to SID. Mittermaier fell asleep peacefully with the family on Wednesday after a serious illness.
Mittermaier is survived by her husband Christian Neureuther (73), also a former competitive skier, as well as four grandchildren of their children Ameli (41) and Felix Neureuther (38). His son Félix was also a skier and won several medals at the world championships. On the day of his death, he even commented on the night slalom in Garmisch as an expert for the ARD.
Mourning for Rosi Mittermaier: Friends and companions commemorate the ski legend
The death of the German skiing legend shocked many fans across the country, and the Upper Bavarian native’s companions were also worried about their Rosi.
DSV chairman Dr. Franz Steinle said in a statement: “With Rosi Mittermaier, the ski family loses an extraordinary personality who rightly enjoyed great popularity beyond sport.” Rosi Mittermaier has always been friendly, modest and helpful. “She was a man’s soul. Sport taught her values like friendship and fairness, and she defended these values throughout her life. We mourn the loss of a great role model and our sympathy and thoughts go out to her family at this difficult time.
“To have lost a fantastic person”: Markus Wasmeier pays tribute to the late Rosi Mittermaier
Markus Wasmeier, 1994 double Olympic champion and family friend, told SID: “We have lost a fantastic person. Rosi had a heart as big as a bus, she was always there for everyone – that was unique. You won’t find someone like that again, she leaves a huge void.”
The Bavarian state parliament has also recognized the late ski icon Rosi Mittermaier as an 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 (CSU), President of the Land Parliament, on Thursday. (md with dpa and SID)
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