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Erika Mahringer

Full name: Erika Mahringer (-Spieß)
Nickname(s): Riki
Gender: Female
Born: November 16, 1924 in Linz, Oberösterreich, Austria
Affiliations: Turnerschaft Innsbruck, Innsbruck (AUT)
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Mother of Nicola Spieß.

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

In 1948 Erika “Riki” Mahringer won bronze medals in the slalom and combined at the Sankt Moritz Winter Olympics. At the 1950 World Championships in Aspen, Colorado, Mahringer added silver medals in the slalom and downhill. Her greatest year was likely 1951 when she won Austrian titles in all four events – downhill, giant slalom, slalom, and combined, for which she was named Austrian Sportswoman of the Year. She competed at the 1952 Winter Olympics, but failed to win a medal. Mahringer competed through 1954, being awarded the Skier d’Or that year, and then retired.

Mahringer and her husband, Ernst Spieß, settled in Mayrhofen where they founded the Mayrhofen Ski School and in 1955 started the first children’s ski school – Riki’s Skikindergarten. Spieß was a ski and mountain guide and in the later 50s started a mountain touring program, employing up to 12 mountain guides. The ski schools also employed up to 170 people, and the Spieß family became known for their contribution to the Austrian tourism industry.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Austria AUT 19
1948 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Austria AUT 3 Bronze
1948 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Women's Combined Austria AUT 3 Bronze
1952 Winter 27 Oslo Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Austria AUT 4
1952 Winter 27 Oslo Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Austria AUT 17
1952 Winter 27 Oslo Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Austria AUT 22

Women's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 19 2:39.3
1952 Winter 27 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 4 1:49.5

Women's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Winter 27 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 17 2:16.8

Women's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PT
1948 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 3 1:58.0
1948 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Austria Run 1 2 59.8 0:00
1948 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Austria Run 2 5 58.2 0:00
1952 Winter 27 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 22 2:26.6
1952 Winter 27 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Run 1 32 1:18.6 0:00
1952 Winter 27 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Run 2 10 1:08.0 0:00

Women's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T PT
1948 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 3 7.04
1948 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Austria Downhill 15 7.04 2:39.3
1948 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Austria Slalom 1 0.00 1:58.1
1948 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Austria Slalom Run 1 1 58.4 0:00
1948 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Austria Slalom Run 2 2 59.7 0:00