Hannes Trinkl

Hannes Trinkl ( born 1 February 1968 in Steyr ) is a former Austrian alpine skier. The Downhill and Super -G specialist won six World Cup races in his career, was downhill world champion in 2001 and third in the Olympic downhill in 1998. He lives with his family in St. Pancras.


Trinkl came at the age of seven years to the Ski Club Hinterstoder, 1984, he celebrated his first victory in a FIS race. After two serious knee injuries in 1986 and 1989, he took on December 7, 1991 in Val d'Isere downhill of his first points in the World Cup. Shortly thereafter, he was injured again in training in Val Gardena and had to pause for several weeks. In March 1992 he succeeded with fifth place in Aspen, the first top result. With good performances in the 1992/93 season, including a fourth place in the Kandahar downhill in Garmisch -Partenkirchen Trinkl came into the downhill team for the World Championships in Morioka Shizukuishi there and took twelfth place. At the end of the season he drove in runs in the Sierra Nevada and in Kvitfjell the first time among the top three.

In December 1993 Trinkl celebrated his first World Cup victory. He won the Super -G in Lech and the downhill in Bormio. He became a co-favorites at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. But his first Olympic participation was not as desired, on the descent, he reached only the sixth place in the Super- G he fell out. In the first World Cup downhill after the games of Upper Austria was in Aspen for the third time at the top of the podium. With a total of three wins, two second and a third place he reached the fifth place in the overall World Cup and was 20 points behind Marc Girardelli second in the downhill standings. In the overall World Cup fifth place this is by far his best result, also second in the downhill standings, he could not be repeated later. The next three seasons proceeded quite disappointing, Trinkl came only once on the podium. At the World Championships in 1996 in the Spanish Sierra Nevada, he finished only ninth rank departure for the World Cup 1997 in Sestriere he could not qualify.

In the 1997/98 season Trinkl could qualify with several top-five results for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. There he won the bronze medal downhill behind the Frenchman Jean -Luc Crétier and the Norwegian Lasse Kjus. In the 1998/99 season Trinkl go though only a few top results, but in the downhill in Wengen, he reached the second place.

On 4 December 1999 Trinkl in the departure of Lake Louise celebrated his fourth World Cup victory, the first for nearly six years. The next victory was on 14 March 2000 in Bormio. With another two third places, he reached the fourth place in the downhill World Cup in the 1999/2000 season. The next winter he remained without World Cup victory, but with a second place and a few other good results he could defend the fourth place in the downhill World Cup. In the super -G, he also drove once on rank two that finished seventh place in the final classification - his best result in this discipline. The greatest success of this winter and celebrated his entire career of the then 33 -year-old at the 2001 World Championships in St. Anton am Arlberg. He distanced on the " Karl Schranz -piste " the dominant in the World Cup Hermann Maier by two tenths of a second and was downhill world champion.

Due to a serious injury before the season started late Trinkl could intervene to racing in the winter of 2001 /02. With the second place at the Lauberhorn in Wengen and the third party on the Streif in Kitzbühel he enlisted in January impressive comeback. However, before the Olympic downhill in Salt Lake City, the reigning world champion in the team had internal qualification, in which he missed an Olympic starting place. For Trinkl that was a big disappointment. Shortly after the Games, he won his sixth World Cup race, the departure of Kvitfjell. In the season 2002/03 Upper Austrians came three times on the podium and finished in, like last year, the fifth in the downhill World Cup and finished ninth in the super-G standings. In the 2003 World Cup in St. Moritz, however, the defending champion suffered a major defeat and was only 31 in the downhill.

In the 2003 /04 season Trinkl no longer came to the podium. Two fifth places in the couloirs of Chamonix, and Garmisch- Partenkirchen was his best results. He tried to find the following summer training once the connection to the world's best, but finally gave in July 2004, announced his retirement.

Since 2005 Trinkl is one of the Vice- President of the Austrian Ski Federation. According to him, opened in 2006, "Hannes Trinkl World Cup course " in Hinterstoder was named.

Sporting successes

Olympic Winter Games

  • Lillehammer 1994: 6 Departure
  • Nagano 1998: 3rd exit

World Championships

  • Morioka Shizukuishi - 1993: 12 Departure
  • Sierra Nevada 1996: 9 Departure
  • St. Anton 2001: 1st exit
  • St. Moritz 2003: 31 Departure

World Cup ratings

  • 1992/93 Season: exit 8
  • Season 1993/94: 5 Overall World Cup, 2nd exit, 8 Super -G
  • Season 1994/95: 7 Departure
  • Season 1997/ 98: 8 Departure
  • 1998/99 season 9 departure, 8 combination
  • Season 1999/ 00: 4th exit, 10 combination
  • Season 2000/ 01: 4th exit, 7 Super -G
  • Season 2001/ 02: 5 Departure
  • Season 2002/ 03: 5 Downhill, Super -G 9

World Cup wins

Hannes Trinkl won six World Cup races ( downhill and 5x 1x Super -G). In addition, seven second places, twelve third places and a further 53 placings in the top ten.

European Cup

  • Season 1990/91: 4th exit summary

Awards (excerpt)