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Markus Wasmeier

Full name: Markus Wasmeier
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: September 9, 1963 in Schliersee, Bayern, Germany
Affiliations: SC Schliersee, Schliersee (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany, GER Germany
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Markus Wasmeier won two gold medals at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics in the giant slalom and the Super-G, starting the Games with a very disappointing 36th place in the downhill. This was the first German male alpine Olympic success since 1936. Wasmeier’s alpine skiing career started with his first appearance in the World Cup in 1983 and was first highlighted at the 1985 World Championships, winning the gold medal in the downhill. One year later he won his first World Cup race at Morzine, a Super-G. In 1987 he placed third at the World Championships in the Super-G at Crans-Montana. He then went to Calgary as one of the favorites but disappointed with a fall in the Super-G, a sixth place in the downhill and a seventh in alpine combined. He also struggled at Albertville in 1992, failing to medal, finishing fourth in the downhill, ninth in the Super-G, and fifth in the combination. He also could not finish the giant slalom. He then retired at the end of the 1994-95 season.

In 1986 and 1987 Wasmeier was third in the overall World Cup, while in 1986 he also won the overall Super-G World Cup. In all he won nine World Cup races in his career, with 22 other podiums. At the national level he won two downhill titles, four in the Super-G, and finally two in the giant slalom.

In 1994 he was chosen as the first male alpine skier to be named German Sportsman of the Year. Since his retirement he has worked as a color commentator for the German TV channel ARD and runs down the ski slopes with a hand camera before the competitions. He also took movie roles in films by Willy Bogner and created a fashion line together with him. In 2007, Wasmeier opened his own farm and winter sports museum in his hometown of Schliersee, having around 100,000 visitors per year in summer. He was educated as a painter and varnisher.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill West Germany FRG 6
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing Men's Super G West Germany FRG AC DNF
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom West Germany FRG 19
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing Men's Combined West Germany FRG 7
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Germany GER 4
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Germany GER 9
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Germany GER AC DNF
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Germany GER 5
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Germany GER 36
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Germany GER 1 Gold
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Germany GER 1 Gold
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Germany GER AC DNF

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing West Germany Final Standings 6 2:02.03
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Germany Final Standings 4 1:50.62
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Germany Final Standings 36 1:48.53

Men's Super G

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing West Germany Final Standings AC DNF
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Germany Final Standings 9 1:14.58
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Germany Final Standings 1 1:32.53

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing West Germany Final Standings 19 2:11.69
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing West Germany Run 1 12 1:06.60
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing West Germany Run 2 26 1:05.09
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Germany Final Standings AC DNF
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Germany Run 1 AC DNF
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Germany Final Standings 1 2:52.46
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Germany Run 1 3 1:28.71
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Germany Run 2 3 1:23.75

Men's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing West Germany Final Standings 7 65.44
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing West Germany Downhill 8 26.71 1:49.32
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing West Germany Slalom 13 38.73 1:29.84
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing West Germany Slalom Run 1 13 45.32
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing West Germany Slalom Run 2 13 44.52
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Germany Final Standings 5 32.77
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Germany Downhill 7 9.58 1:45.91
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Germany Slalom 13 23.19 1:45.15
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Germany Slalom Run 1 14 52.29
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Germany Slalom Run 2 10 52.86
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Germany Final Standings AC DNF
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Germany Downhill 20 1:39.04
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