Ernst Hinterseer

Ernst Hinterseer ( born February 27, 1932 in Kitzbühel) is a former Austrian alpine skier and alpine ski coach. He was a member from 1954 to 1960 at the national squad of the Austrian Ski and 1960 Olympic champion in slalom.


Hinterseer grew up as the son of a farmer on in Kitzbühel. After the Second World War, he began an apprenticeship as a carpenter, in 1946 he became a member of the Kitzbühel Ski Club. After their first successes at national junior races, he finished his teaching to devote himself entirely to the skiing.

In 1953 he celebrated the victory at the departure Wendelstein his first major success, a year later he was Austrian Champion in Giant Slalom. He was admitted to the Austrian national team and qualified for the World Championships in Åre, but where he finished only 38th place in the slalom.

In winter 1954/55 Hinterseer has already won numerous races, such as on the descents, the slalom and the combination of Zermatt, in the slalom in Chamonix and the giant slalom in Val d'Isere and Sölden. The next season began with good performances and he qualified for the Olympic Winter Games 1956 in Cortina d' Ampezzo, where he finished sixth in the giant slalom. After the Games, he won the slalom and combination in Zermatt and the two giant slaloms and the combination of the 3 - Tre race on the Marmolada.

The following winter he took in January at major slalom race in Kitzbuehel ( Hahnenkamm race) and Wengen ( Lauberhorn race ) each took second place, in the course of the season he was on the way up and won a total of ten competitions, including the slalom in Semmering and Zermatt or the the giant slalom at Courchevel.

The season 1957/58 started not quite as good and Hinterseer qualified only in slalom for the World Cup in Bad Gastein, but where it failed in the first run. A little later he arrived at training for Arlberg - Kandahar at St. Anton heavy crash, suffered a broken leg and was due to an embolism even momentarily in danger. The next winter he could only gradually of their earlier achievements and increasingly specializes in the technical disciplines.

In the 1959/60 season Hinterseer drove in the first few weeks only once on the podium, all the more surprising and unexpected then get him in February at the Olympic Winter Games in 1960 in Squaw Valley 's greatest successes. Already in the giant slalom he got behind the Swiss Roger Staub and the Austrian Josef Stiegler to third place and thus won his first medal at major events. Three days later he crowned his career with victory in the slalom ahead of his countryman Mathias Leitner and Frenchman Charles Bozon. This was the only gold medal of Austria's Alpine at these games. Hinterseer was honored for big star and with the election Austrian Sportsman of the year 1960.

Immediately after the Olympics ended Hinterseer his athletic career in the amateurs and switched to the pros, where he won the 1963 unofficial world championship title. In 1967, he finally ended his active career and became a coach. First, he was responsible for his eldest son, Hans, 1972-1974, he was coach of the Austrian Ski Federation and Technology from 1974 to 1976 at DSV. His two younger sons Ernst jun. and Guido were also skier.


Olympic Winter Games

  • Cortina d' Ampezzo in 1956: 6 Giant Slalom
  • Squaw Valley 1960: 1 Slalom, Giant Slalom 3

World Championships

  • Åre 1954: 38th slalom
  • Cortina d' Ampezzo in 1956: 6 Giant Slalom
  • Squaw Valley 1960: 1 Slalom, Giant Slalom 3

Austrian Championships

  • Two-time Austrian Champion (Giant Slalom 1954 combination 1956)


  • Austrian Sportsman of the Year 1960
  • Gold Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria (1997)