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Othmar Schneider

Full name: Othmar Schneider
Gender: Male
Born: August 27, 1928 in Lech am Arlberg, Vorarlberg, Austria
Died: December 25, 2012 in Götzis, Vorarlberg, Austria
Affiliations: Ski Club Arlberg, St. Christoph am Arlberg (AUT)
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

A great all-around skier, Othmar Schneider's greatest success came at the 1952 Olympics, where he won the slalom and placed second. He might have won a third medal in the combined, but that event had been discontinued after 1948 and replaced by the giant slalom. It was held as a World Championship event in subsequent Olympics, but not in Oslo. While not managing to win any additional medals in international championships (Schneider ranked fourth in the 1954 World Championship giant slalom), he did win various honors in major races in Europe and North America. In 1951, he won the famous Arlberg-Kandahar slalom (held in Sestriere that year), while winning the Wengen downhill and combined two years in a row (1951-1952). After the 1956 Winter Olympics, Schneider switched to the pros, competing in two Professional World Championships.

In the meanwhile, he switched focus to a second sport, pistol shooting. A 34-fold Austrian champion (17 individual titles), he won a World Championships team bronze in the free pistol (1974) and a European Championship team bronze in the center-fire pistol (1975). A third Olympic appearance in the sport was impossible because of Schneider's past, having been a pro and a skiing teacher in the US and Chile. Schneider, who was course manager at the 1966 World Championships in Chile, later managed his own hotel in Lech, and owned and managed Huber, a manufacturer of skiing apparel and accessories. In 1976, he also managed his third appearance at the Olympic Games as the coach of Austrian’s sport shooters, and his pupil Rudolf Dollinger won a bronze medal in those games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Austria AUT 2 Silver
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Austria AUT 1 Gold
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Austria AUT 12

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 2 2:32.0

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PT
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 1 2:00.0
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Run 1 3 Q 59.5 0:00
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Alpine Skiing Austria Run 2 2 1:00.5 0:00
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 12 3:35.8
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Austria Run 1 23 1:35.8 0:00
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Austria Run 2 13 2:00.0 0:00
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