|Club TAK Munchen|
Height 1.68 m
Role Olympic athlete
|Name Barbara Henneberger|
Teams 2 – (1960, 1964)
Weight 51 kg
|Born 4 October 1940 (age 23) Oberstaufen, Bavaria, Germany (1940-10-04) |
Teams 3 – (1960, 1962, 1964) includes two Olympics
Olympic medals Alpine Skiing at the 1960 Winter Olympics - Women's slalom
Disciplines giant slalom, slalom skiing
Died 12 April 1964 (aged 23) Trais Fleur slope near St. Moritz, Switzerland
Can168 funeral of barbara henneberger killed in avalanche in switzerland
Barbara-Maria "Barbi" Henneberger (4 October 1940 – 12 April 1964) was an alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist from West Germany. She competed for the Unified Team of Germany at the 1960 and 1964 Winter Olympics, and at the 1962 World Championships.
- Can168 funeral of barbara henneberger killed in avalanche in switzerland
- Ski racing
- World championship results
Born in Oberstaufen, Bavaria, Henneberger competed in the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley at age 19. She won the bronze medal in the slalom, finished eleventh in the downhill, and 15th in the giant slalom. Henneberger was third in the combined, which earned a world championship medal. Four years later in 1964 at Innsbruck, she finished fifth in the downhill, seventh in the giant slalom, and tenth in the slalom.
In North America to model clothes after the 1963 season ended in Europe, Henneberger was not planning to compete at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Alaska at Alyeska in early April. Using borrowed skis, she won the downhill and slalom and finished second in the giant slalom.
Following the 1964 season, Henneberger and a dozen others were in Switzerland near St. Moritz in April to film the promotional movie Ski-Fascination for Willy Bogner, Jr.. Caught in a spring avalanche, she died at age 23 in Val Selin along with U.S. racer Buddy Werner. Both had raced ahead of the first avalanche, but were caught by a second from an opposite slope. Found hours later under 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3.0 m) of snow, their deaths were attributed to suffocation, and were the only two fatalities in the group. Her funeral and procession in Munich were attended by thousands.
Bogner, 22, and Henneberger were to be engaged that summer; he was tried by a Swiss court for homicide by negligence. After Bogner was initially acquitted, the prosecution pursued an appeal and won a conviction for manslaughter by negligence, and Bogner received a two-month suspended sentence.
World championship results
From 1948 through 1980, the Winter Olympics were also the World Championships for alpine skiing.