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Johann knee water Alpine skiing
nation AustriaAustria Austria
birthday October 13, 1951
place of birth Hinterstoder , Austria
date of death 19th October 2012
Place of death catfish
discipline Slalom , giant slalom
society SC Hinterstoder
End of career 1976
Placements in the Alpine Ski World Cup
 Individual World Cup debut March 16, 1972
 Overall World Cup 8. ( 1973/1974 )
 Giant Slalom World Cup 21. (1973/74)
 Slalom World Cup 3. (1973/74)
 Podium placements 1. 2. 3.
 slalom 0 2 1

Johann "Hans" Kniewasser (born October 13, 1951 in Hinterstoder , † October 19, 2012 in Wels ) was an Austrian ski racer . In the early 1970s he was one of the best slalom skiers in the world. He achieved three podium places in world cup races and in the 1973/74 season third place in the slalom world cup.


Kniewasser came to the ski club in his home town of Hinterstoder in 1958 and, after some successes in the youth field, was first accepted into the Upper Austrian regional team and later into the team of the Austrian Ski Association . After several injuries in his youth, he specialized early on in the technical disciplines of slalom and giant slalom. When the European Cup was held for the first time in the 1971/72 season , Kniewasser achieved sixth place in the overall, slalom and giant slalom rankings. At the end of winter he came to his first World Cup appearances in Val Gardena and Pra-Loup . Ten months later, on January 15, 1973, he won World Cup points for the first time in eighth place in the giant slalom in Adelboden . Towards the end of the 1972/73 season he was able to score twice in the slalom at the North American races.

The winter of 1973/74 finally became Kniewasser's most successful season: In the first slalom of the winter on December 17, 1973 in Sterzing , he achieved his first podium finish in the World Cup in second behind Piero Gros . At the end of January, the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel was followed by a second place in the slalom , this time behind Hansi Hinterseer , and on March 3, 1974, he finished third in the slalom in Voss, Norway, on the podium for the third time. In the Slalom World Cup he finished third behind Gustav Thöni and Christian Neureuther , and in the overall World Cup he was eighth. With his World Cup performances, Kniewasser also secured a place in the slalom at the 1974 World Cup in St. Moritz . There he fell out of the first round after just a few goals.

In the 1974/75 season , Kniewasser could not repeat the previous year's results. He drove three times under the top ten and achieved a seventh place as the best result on the Ganslernhang in Kitzbühel, after which he fell back to 14th place in the Slalom World Cup. After he had remained without World Cup points the next season, Kniewasser ended his career in 1976.

Kniewasser graduated from the gendarmerie school and worked as a police inspector in Hinterstoder until his retirement in 2011. In October 2012 he died of liver disease at the age of 61 . He was married and had two children.


World cup

  • 1973/74 season : 8th overall World Cup, 3rd Slalom World Cup
  • 3 podium places and a further 8 top 10 placements

European Cup

  • 1971/72 season : 6th overall ranking, 6th slalom ranking, 6th giant slalom ranking
  • 2 podium places


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Hans Kniewasser died in Wels., October 20, 2012, accessed on October 24, 2012.