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Alexandra Meissnitzer

Full name: Alexandra Meissnitzer
Gender: Female
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: June 18, 1973 in Abtenau, Salzburg, Austria
Affiliations: Union Abtenau, Abtenau (AUT)
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Alexandra “Meisi” Meissnitzer graduated from the Skihandelsschule Schladming and began training for a career as a police officer. But by 1989 she was a two-time Austrian Junior Champion and at the 1992 World Junior Championships won a silver in downhill and bronze in Super-G. Thus began a career in which she was one of the world’s top female power skiiers of the 90s and 2000s. She competed in four Winter Olympics (1994-2006), winning a silver in the 1998 giant slalom and bronzes in Super-G in 1998 and 2006. Her greatest international tournament was the 1999 World Championships in Vail, Colorado when she garnered gold medals in both GS and Super-G, later winning a silver medal in downhill at the 2003 Worlds in Sankt Moritz.

Meissnitzer was at her best in 1999, winning the overall World Cup title, adding event World Cups in giant slalom and Super-G, and placing second in the seasonal downhill World Cup. She had seasonal event silvers in Super-G in 1995-96, 2001-02 and 2005-06. Overall, she won 14 World Cup races, with 44 podiums, winning two downhills, seven Super-Gs and five giant slaloms. She won her last World Cup race in 2005 but skiied through the 2007-08 season, retiring after a race in Bormio. Domestically, Meisi was Austrian Champion in downhill in 1994 and Super-G in 1994, 1998, and 2002. She was Austrian Sportswoman of the Year in 1998 and 1999, and in 1998 was given a gold medal for services to the Republic of Austria. After her competitive retirement, Meissnitzer has done commentary for ski racing on television.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Austria AUT AC DNF
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Austria AUT 8
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Alpine Skiing Women's Super G Austria AUT 3 Bronze
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Austria AUT 2 Silver
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Women's Super G Austria AUT 4
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Austria AUT 4T
2006 Winter 32 Torino Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Austria AUT 8T
2006 Winter 32 Torino Alpine Skiing Women's Super G Austria AUT 3 Bronze

Women's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 8 1:29.84
2006 Winter 32 Torino Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 8T 1:57.78

Women's Super G

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 3 1:18.09
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 4 1:13.95
2006 Winter 32 Torino Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 3 1:33.06

Women's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings AC DNF
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Austria Run 1 AC DNF
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 2 2:52.39
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Alpine Skiing Austria Run 1 4 1:20.13
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Alpine Skiing Austria Run 2 2 1:32.26
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 4T 2:31.95
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Austria Run 1 2 1:16.49
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Austria Run 2 6 1:15.46