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Ernst Hinterseer

Full name: Ernst Hinterseer
Gender: Male
Born: February 28, 1932 in Kitzbühel, Tirol, Austria
Affiliations: Kitzbüheler Ski Club, Kitzbühel (AUT)
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Father of Hansi Hinterseer.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Ernst Hinterseer grew up in Kitzbühel, the son of a farmer. After World War II he apprenticed as a carpenter but focused on skiing after finishing his schooling. His first major win was at Wendelstein in 1953, and he then won the 1954 Austrian Championship in giant slalom. He was named to the Austrian team for the 1954 World Championships in Åre, Sweden, but placed only 38th in slalom. After winning several races in 1954-55 Hinterseer made the 1956 Austrian Olympic team, placing sixth in giant slalom at Cortina d’Ampezzo. Injuries caused him to have some problems in the next several seasons but he recovered for 1959-60 and at Squaw Valley in 1960, won two medals, a gold in slalom and a bronze in giant slalom, which led him to be named Austrian Sportsman of the Year for 1960.

After the 1960 Winter Olympics Hinterseer turned professional and won the 1963 World Professional title. In 1967 he turned to coaching, leading the Austrian Ski Federation from 1974-76, during which time his son, Hansi, made the 1976 Olympic team. His grandson, Lukas Hinterseer, played football for the Austrian national team.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Austria AUT 6
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Austria AUT 3 Bronze
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Austria AUT 1 Gold

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 6 3:08.5
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 3 1:49.1

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 1 2:08.9
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Austria Run 1 5 1:10.7
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Austria Run 2 1 58.2