Markus Wasmeier

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Markus Wasmeier Alpine skiing
Markus Wasmeier 2007
nation GermanyGermany Germany
birthday 9th September 1963 (age 56)
place of birth Schliersee , Germany
size 181 cm
discipline Downhill , Super-G , giant slalom ,
slalom , combination
society SC Schliersee
status resigned
End of career March 19, 1994
Medal table
Olympic medals 2 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
World Cup medals 1 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
Olympic rings winter Olympics
gold 1994 Lillehammer Super G
gold 1994 Lillehammer Giant slalom
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
gold 1985 Bormio Giant slalom
bronze 1987 Crans-Montana Super G
Placements in the Alpine Ski World Cup
 Individual World Cup debut 5th February 1983
 Individual world cup victories 9
 Overall World Cup 3. ( 1985/86 , 1986/87 )
 Downhill World Cup 4. (1986/87)
 Super G World Cup 1. (1985/86)
 Giant Slalom World Cup 6. (1986/87)
 Slalom World Cup 44th (1985/86)
 Combination World Cup 1. (1985/86, 2.1988 / 89 )
 Podium placements 1. 2. 3.
 Departure 2 3 2
 Super G 6th 4th 1
 Giant slalom 0 1 4th
 combination 1 3 3
 Parallel races 0 1 0

Markus Wasmeier (born September 9, 1963 in Schliersee ) is a former German ski racer . He drove races in all disciplines, with his strengths being in the downhill and especially in the super-G . But he celebrated his greatest successes in the giant slalom ; in this discipline he did not win a single world cup race, but became world champion in 1985 and Olympic champion in 1994 . Another Olympic gold medal was also added in the Super-G in 1994 and a World Cup bronze medal in 1987. In the World Cup , he won nine races and the Super G discipline classification in the 1985/86 season .



Wasmeier, son of a Lüftlmaler and restorer , stood on skis for the first time as a two-year-old and won his first student race at the age of five. In 1977 he won the German student championship in giant slalom and was accepted into the C national team. After completing the compulsory schooling, Wasmeier completed an apprenticeship as a painter and varnisher. Then (1982) he signed up for the German Armed Forces until 1994 in order to benefit from the good training opportunities as a sports soldier . Most recently he served as a sergeant major in Berchtesgaden .

Wasmeier's first appearance in the World Cup was on February 5, 1983; he finished the descent in St. Anton in 49th place. He took his first World Cup points in 1984 in Oppdal (Norway) in the Super-G with a 5th place. On December 11, 1984 drove to the second podium for the first time in the giant slalom in Sestriere . The 1985 World Cup in Bormio was a first career highlight . Without having previously won a World Cup race, Wasmeier caused a surprise when he won the gold medal in the giant slalom and beat the favorite Pirmin Zurbriggen by five hundredths of a second.

In the following 1985/86 season Wasmeier regularly scored in all disciplines. Behind Ivano Edalini , he finished second in the parallel slalom on January 6, 1986 in Vienna , Hohe-Wand-Wiese . On February 9, 1986, he won his first World Cup race, the Super-G in Morzine . He finished third in the overall ranking of the World Cup, and also won the newly introduced Super G discipline ranking and also won the combination that was awarded in this form for the last time this year. Since 2005, the combination in the form of the Super Combination in the World Cup has been an independent competition. Wasmeier also proved to be a consistent top runner in the 1986/87 season. Among other things, he won the prestigious Lauberhorn run in Wengen . At the 1987 World Cup , he was third in his favorite Super-G discipline. The season ended prematurely for him on February 28th when he had a bad fall on the World Cup downhill in Furano and broke two vertebrae .

In December 1987 and January 1988 Wasmeier was able to win again in the Super-G and was one of the favorites in this discipline before the 1988 Winter Olympics . But at the Olympic race in Nakiska near Calgary he was eliminated with the first goal; in the downhill it was enough to place 6. He also did not win a medal at the World Cup in Vail in 1989 , where he was fifth in the Super-G and in the combination. The 1988/89 season he was among the top 15 in his three disciplines. At the beginning of the 1989/90 season he was only able to place in the points in one race, the start of the 1990/91 season was not particularly good (transfer to the European Cup), but he was still nominated for the 1991 World Championship . Completely contrary to the previous season, he surprisingly won the last Super-G of the winter in Lake Louise .

In the 1991/92 season Wasmeier regularly placed among the top ten, and on the downhill run in Garmisch-Partenkirchen he celebrated the last World Cup victory of his career. As fourth of the departure of the 1992 Winter Olympics , he narrowly missed a medal. A week before the start of the 1992/93 World Cup season, Wasmeier collided with a service man and suffered a broken ankle , a hip detached and a concussion . Only a month later he started racing again and achieved several top ten placements.

In the 1993/94 season Wasmeier achieved placements between 5 and 15. Before the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer , he was therefore not counted among the favorites. The disappointing 36th place in the downhill seemed to confirm this assessment. But then Wasmeier won the Super-G and the giant slalom completely unexpectedly, with both wins by a few hundredths of a second. After 58 years, he was the first German ski racer to become Olympic champion ( Franz Pfnür won the combination in 1936 ). He let the World Cup season end with placings between 5th and 12th place and then announced his resignation.

Other activities and honors

Markus Wasmeier, 2012

Wasmeier was voted German athlete of the year 1994 in December 1994 as the first male ski racer ever . He is the bearer of the silver bay leaf .

From winter 1994/95 he worked as a ski expert for ARD . In this role, he analyzed races at the Olympic Games, World Championships and the World Cup, and he was the first to present the Super-G and Downhill courses to spectators with handheld camera drives. Because he had advertised the computer game Winter Games 2007 from RTL and thus allegedly violated the guidelines of the ARD, the public television broadcaster interrupted the cooperation in January 2007; However, Wasmeier returned as an expert the following season after clarification. In 2014 he ended this activity.

In 1994 Wasmeier played a supporting role in the ski film White Magic by Willy Bogner junior . Together with him, he also designed a clothing line that was launched in 1995. He played himself in some episodes of the television series Ein Bayer auf Rügen in 1995, as well as in an episode of the television series Forsthaus Falkenau in 2004. From November 2000 to 2002 Wasmeier was a member of the sports committee of the German Ski Association .

On May 1, 2007 Wasmeier opened the Markus Wasmeier Farm and Winter Sports Museum . With the help of donations, he has now personally dismantled and rebuilt 22 historic buildings that were threatened with decay in order to preserve the cultural heritage of his homeland. There are now six farmhouses and an alpine pasture. Wasmeier has been the director of the game show Eternal Heroes since 2017 .

Wasmeier is an honorary citizen of his home town Schliersee and of Bansko (Bulgaria).

Markus Wasmeier volunteers as an ambassador for the Child Health Foundation . He is also Bavaria's first forest ambassador.


Wasmeier has been married since 1991. He has three sons with his wife Brigitte from South Tyrol , whom he met in Daglfing at a celebrity trotting race. The family lives in Schliersee in Upper Bavaria. He cultivates Bavarian folk music and plays the zither and lap violin .


Olympic games

World championships

World Cup ratings

Markus Wasmeier won the discipline classification twice, in the Super-G and in the combination.

season total Departure Super G Giant slalom slalom combination
space Points space Points space Points space Points space Points space Points
1983/84 61. 17th - - - - 27. 11 - - 31. 6th
1984/85 10. 101 19th 17th - - 9. 52 - - 5. 32
1985/86 3. 214 14th 41 1. 105 8th. 34 41. 9 1. 60
1986/87 3. 174 3. 83 3. 50 6th 59 44. 1 - -
1987/88 6th 138 14th 37 2. 57 15th 24 - - 4th 20th
1988/89 5. 166 9. 67 6th 43 21st 9 - - 2. 47
1989/90 20th 91 17th 20th 9. 35 29 9 - - 3. 27
1990/91 40. 30th - - 3. 25th - - - - 11. 5
1991/92 7th 752 6th 371 9. 156 23. 84 - - 3. 141
1992/93 14th 400 17th 171 13. 135 35. 21st 44. 18th 13. 55
1993/94 25th 342 38. 44 10. 141 17th 133 - - 15th 24

World Cup victories

Wasmeier achieved a total of 31 podium places, of which 9 wins:

date place country discipline
February 9, 1986 Morzine France combination
February 9, 1986 Morzine France Super G
March 16, 1986 Whistler Canada Super G
December 6, 1986 Val d'Isère France Super G
January 11, 1987 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany Super G
17th January 1987 Wengen Switzerland Departure
January 10, 1988 Val d'Isère France Super G
March 17, 1991 Lake Louise Canada Super G
January 11, 1992 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany Departure

More Achievements


  • 2000: Olympic Winter Games Nagano 1998, editor Markus Wasmeier, Chronik Verlag, ISBN 978-3577-145527
  • 2006: Fit on the slopes with Markus Wasmeier: Ski gymnastics for every terrain, DVD, BLV, ISBN 978-3835401532
  • 2017: Dahoam: Between Schliersee and Tokyo, Ankerherz Verlag, ISBN 978-3940138620


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Alfred Nimmerrichter: High voltage in Mauerbach . In: Arbeiter-Zeitung . Vienna 7th January 1986, p. 11 ( - the open online archive - digitized).
  2. Winner Müller had the baby route under control. Arbeiter-Zeitung , March 2, 1987, p. 24 , accessed March 8, 2016 .
  3. ^ "Wasmeier now in the European Cup" in "Salzburger Nachrichten" of December 18, 1990; Page 21; POS .: middle
  4. ^ ARD expert Markus Wasmeier. In: - Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010. ARD, January 7, 2010, archived from the original on January 15, 2010 ; Retrieved November 17, 2012 .
  5. ^ ARD separates from ski expert Markus Wasmeier , Die Welt , January 11, 2007
  6. ^ ARD: Markus Wasmeier remains a ski expert. In: Focus Online . FOCUS Magazin Verlag GmbH, January 12, 2007, accessed on February 23, 2010 .
  7. Olympic ski champion Wasmeier quits as TV expert for ARD Die Welt online, September 11, 2014, accessed on September 12, 2014.
  8. Wasmeier, Bittner and Co. as "Council of the Wise"  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Rheinische Post , November 21, 2000, accessed on November 17, 2012.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  9. Manfred Hummel: The ski star as museum director ( Memento of the original from February 1, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Süddeutsche Zeitung , April 30, 2007. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. Markus Wasmeier promises: “That will be highly emotional” , February 14, 2017, accessed on February 21, 2017.
  11. Bavarian Order of Merit ( Memento of the original from August 1, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 41 kB), Bavarian State Chancellery, 2007. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  12. ^ Bavarian Sports Prize to Wasmeier, Neureuther and Al-Sultan , Mittelbayerische Zeitung , June 20, 2007, accessed on November 17, 2012.
  13. Ehrenfilser 2015