Bernhard Gstrein

Bernhard Gstrein ( born September 19, 1965 in Mils bei Imst ) is a former Austrian alpine skier. He was especially successful in the slalom, but also in the Giant Slalom and in the combination. Gstrein won a slalom in the World Cup at the Olympic Winter Games 1988, the silver medal in the combination and in 1984 Austrian Champion in slalom and in the combination. He is the brother of the writer Norbert Gstrein.


After a few years in the Tyrolean provincial squad Gstrein was recorded in 1982 in the squad of the Austrian Ski Federation. Its first major event was the Junior World Championship 1983 in Sestriere, in his best result was the 13th place in the giant slalom. After good results in the European Cup and two state championship titles in 1984 in the Slalom and in the combination he rose to the national team. From the 1984/85 season, he started in the World Cup and brought on December 8 twelfth of the giant slalom of Puy -Saint -Vincent his first World Cup points. The next season was for Gstrein after a serious fall in downhill training in Val d'Isere on December 4, 1985, in which he has a shoulder injury and a torn ligament in his left knee drew upon at an early stage to end.

In his comeback season 1986/87 the fit-again Gstrein pulled one of the world leaders. In December he went in the giant slalom in Alta Badia for the first time into the top ten and in January and February, he was able to classify in the slalom in Kitzbuehel and Le Markstein twice in the top five. At the 1987 World Championships he missed with fourth place in the combination only just a medal. On January 12, 1988 Gstrein celebrated his first and only World Cup victory in the slalom in Lienz. Five days later, he drove in the slalom in Bad Kleinkirchheim for the second time on the podium. He was also at the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary in 1988 as a medal candidate. In his special discipline, the slalom, he missed while in fourth place just a medal, but in the combination he won behind his compatriot Hubert Strolz silver. With a seventh place at the end of season in Saalbach -Hinterglemm he reached 1987/88 the seventh place in the slalom World Cup.

In the winter of 1988/89 was the second place in the slalom in St. Anton his best World Cup result, but at the World Championships in Vail, he retired in the first slalom passage out. In the 1989/90 season he reached with three podium finishes in fifth place in the slalom World Cup. Slightly less successfully ran the next two seasons. Gstrein took no more part in the giant slalom competitions, but focused primarily on the slalom. However, he remained without podiums and did not come in the slalom world cup in the top ten. Even with the major events did not reach the front ranks. At the 1991 World Championships in Saalbach -Hinterglemm, he was ranked 14 and at the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville in 1992 15th place in the slalom.

In the 1992/93 season Gstrein remained without podium. But he was able to classify all eight slalom of the season in the top 15, six of them among the ten fastest, and scored two fourth places in Lech and Åre. With these results he reached the fourth place in the slalom World Cup. However, in the 1993 World Championships in Morioka he fell out of both the slalom as well as in the combination. In the 1993/94 season Gstrein took next to the slalom and giant slalom back regularly to participate. In the giant slalom and the slalom he went four times six times in the top ten, which he finished sixth in the slalom World Cup and the 16th in the overall World Cup reached its best overall placement. At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, he finished eighth in the giant slalom, but he failed to finish the slalom.

From the 1994/95 season deteriorated Gstrein results. Although he was able to score in most races, but among the top ten he came only once. In the winter of 1995/96 he did not reach Top 10 rankings more and lost his place in the World Cup team. He tried on the European Cup again to create the return. This did not succeed, and so he ended his career in 1996. Overall Gstrein reached in his twelve-year career World Cup 42 Top 10 results ( 35x 7x in slalom and giant slalom ). Six times he went to the podium in the slalom and a race he could win.

Sporting successes

Olympic Winter Games

  • Calgary 1988: 2 combination, 4th Slalom
  • 1992 Albertville: 15 Slalom
  • Lillehammer 1994: 8 Giant Slalom

World Championships

  • Crans -Montana 1987: 4 combination, 14 Giant Slalom
  • Saalbach -Hinterglemm 1991 14 Slalom

Junior World Championships

  • Sestriere 1983: 13 Giant Slalom, Downhill 20

World Cup

  • 1989/90 season: 5th World Cup slalom
  • 1992/ 93: 4th slalom World Cup
  • A victory (slalom in Lienz on January 12, 1988) and a further five podiums

European Cup

  • Two podiums

Austrian Championships

  • Austrian Champion in slalom and combined in 1984