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Heini Messner

Full name: Heinrich "Heini" Messner
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: September 1, 1939 in Obernberg am Brenner, Tirol, Austria
Affiliations: Sportverein Tirol
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Heini Messner was a pioneer in a number of ways. He won the first World Cup race ever contested, a slalom victory at Berchtesgaden on 5 January 1967. In the 1970s he was the first skiier to move to shorter skis for the technical races, which became common in later years. A three-time Olympian, Messner won two bronze medals, in the 1968 giant slalom and the 1972 downhill. He also competed at the 1966 and 1970 World Championships, but failed to make a podium, placing fourth twice. In his short World Cup career he still notched 16 podiums.

Messner retired after the 1971-72 season and turned to coaching, leading the Austrian women’s team for two seasons. He settled in Steinach am Brenner where he ran a ski school and a boarding house, as well as a ski rental service.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Austria AUT 10
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Austria AUT 4
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Austria AUT 3 Bronze
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Austria AUT 14T
1972 Winter 32 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Austria AUT 3 Bronze

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 10 2:20.74
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 4 2:01.03
1972 Winter 32 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 3 1:52.40

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 3 3:31.83
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Austria Run 1 5 1:45.16
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Austria Run 2 3 1:46.67

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Austria Final Round 14T 1:44.15
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Austria Final Round Run 1 27 52.32
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Austria Final Round Run 2 14 51.83
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Austria Qualifying Round One Heat E 1 Q 51.76
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