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Ulrike Maier

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USC Rauris

Ulrike Maier

2 - (1988, 1992)

1.63 m

3 - (1989, 1991, 1993)

56 kg

3 (2 gold)

Melanie Schweighofer

Ulrike Maier holding a snowboard and kissing her baby on the cheek with his husband while standing in the midst of the crowd. Ulrike is wearing a white shirt under a colored jacket, red and white gloves, and a headband. Her baby is wearing a black and yellow jacket and a yellow bonnet while her husband is carrying their baby and an elephant stuffed toy, wearing a black coat, black gloves, black hat, black sunglasses, and a watch.

Downhill, Super G,Giant slalom, Slalom,Combined

22 October 1967, Rauris, Salzburg, Austria (

World Cup debut
9 December 1984 (age 17)

January 29, 1994, Murnau am Staffelsee, Germany

Rainer Salzgeber, Mathias Berthold, Stephan Eberharter

Ulrike Maier (22 October 1967 – 29 January 1994) was a World Cup alpine ski racer from Austria, a two-time World Champion in Super-G.


A poster of Ulrike Maier smiling and carrying a snowboard with the printed word "ATOMIC" and her name written at the top of the poster with her signature at the bottom, and the name of events she joined on the left side. Ulrike wearing a jacket with the letter "m" under a printed jacket, neck support with the printed word "CARRERA", a headband with the printed word "Scholl", gloves with the printed word "Reusch" and ear piercing

Born in Rauris, Salzburg, where her father ran a ski school, Maier won the Super-G gold medal at the World Championships in both 1989 and 1991. She also took home the Giant Slalom silver medal in the 1991 event. Her first of five World Cup wins came in November 1992 and she attained 21 podiums and 59 top ten finishes in her World Cup career.

Ulrike Maier smiling with short hair and wearing a jacket with the printed letter "m" on the neck part, neck support with the printed word "CARRERA", headband with the printed word "Scholl" and ear piercing

Ulrike Maier super-G gold (WCS Saalbach 1991)

Ulrike Maier wins giantslalom (St. Caterina 1993)


Ulrike Maier smiling while carrying her snowboard with the written word "ATOMIC", a turtleneck jacket with the written letter "m" on it under a blue and white coat, blue and white gloves, and a red bonnet hat with the printed word "interlux"

Two weeks prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics, the women's World Cup was in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in late January. The downhill on the classic Kandahar course at Garmisch Classic was held on Saturday, January 29, following an overnight snowfall. In a narrow part of the lower course less than twenty seconds from the finish, Maier's right ski caught an inside edge at 105 km/h (65 mph), possibly from a patch of soft snow, and caused a violent crash which broke her neck. She died of her injuries shortly after being evacuated to the hospital in nearby Murnau. At the age of 26, she had considered retirement at the end of the 1994 season, due to a dip in form that resulted in disappointing performances at the 1992 Olympic Games in France and the 1993 World Championships in Japan. However, she had bounced back by winning two giant slaloms during the 1994 season and claiming podium finishes in the two Super Gs of Cortina. Following these results, she was reconsidering her decision in the days before the fateful downhill run, planning to continue until the 1995 World Championships in Spain.

Grave of Ulrike Maier in Rauris, Salzburg

Unlike most other fatal skiing accidents, her crash happened during a live television broadcast. Maier was survived by her daughter Melanie (b. 1989) and was buried in her home village of Rauris, where thousands attended her funeral. Teammate and close friend Anita Wachter wore Maier's world championship medals in the procession.

Ulrike Maier was a World Cup alpine ski racer from Austria, a two-time  World Champion in Super-G. 1994 - Alpine Skii… | Maier, Alpine skiing,  Garmisch-partenkirchen

Initially it was claimed that her death was caused by hitting a wooden timing post. Based on that claim, Maier's fiancé Hubert Schweighhofer criticized the organizers of the race and filed suit against them. However, several months later the court found that Maier actually did not hit the timing post with her head, but probably broke her neck by crashing into a pile of snow on the border of the race course. The court did not find any negligence from the organizers and dismissed the suit. Manslaughter charges against two FIS race officials were dropped after a settlement was reached in 1996.

Race podiums

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  • 5 wins: (2 SG, 3 GS)
  • 21 podiums: (8 SG, 10 GS, 1 SL, 1 PS, 1 K)
  • References

    Ulrike Maier Wikipedia

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