Günther Mader (born 24 June 1964) is a former alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist from Austria. Born in Matrei am Brenner, Tyrol, he is one of only five men to have won World Cup races in all five alpine disciplines (downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, and combined).
Mader made his World Cup debut at age 18 and competed for 16 seasons, including four Winter Olympics and seven world championships. He was the bronze medalist in the downhill at the 1992 Olympics and won a total of six medals in the world championships. By winning his first medal, the silver medal in the Slalom Race at Crans Montana in 1987, he was only eighth after the first leg. - Mader won two World Cup season titles, giant slalom in 1990 and combined in 1996, and placed second in the overall World Cup standings in 1995 and 1996, and third in 1990. Without his 14 wins, he did achieve another 27 places in World Cup races.
His only World Cup victory in downhill was the prestigious Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel, Austria, in 1996 at age 31. Mader retired from competition after the 1998 season with 14 World Cup victories, 44 podiums, and 146 top ten finishes.
Only 13 days after his retirement in March 1998, he did suffer a cerebrovascular accident, the right side of the body was paralyzed and he did loose 85 percent of his vocabulary. But he got well again to the greatest possible extent. After convalescence, he wrote a book titled »ÜberLeben«; he did describe his career, the stroke and his working as a director in the skiing racing sports (he did get that employee while his recovering, he is the head of Salomon ski factory racing sports to Austria). »ÜberLeben« is a double-barreled term, meaning "about life" but also "Survival".