Hubert Strolz

Hubert Strolz (born 26 June 1962 in Vorarlberg Warth ) is a former Austrian alpine skier. He started from 1981 to 1994 in the Ski World Cup, was second in the 1988 giant slalom World Cup and third in the overall World Cup and reached in all disciplines except the departure numerous podium finishes, but could post only one World Cup victory. His greatest achievement was the Olympic gold medal in the combination in Calgary in 1988.


Strolz visited the Skihauptschule in Schruns, his father was a ski instructor. The first major success at the international level reach the Vorarlberg in the European Cup. In the 1980/81 season he won the giant slalom standings and finished fourth in the overall standings, a year later he repeated his giant slalom victory, also won the overall title and was fifth in the slalom standings.

The first World Cup race went Strolz in the 1980/81 season, on March 3, he brought with seventh in the giant slalom in Laax first World Cup points. The following season, he already achieved two fourth places and he also came at the 1982 World Cup in Schladming used. In the giant slalom, he took it to tenth place. In the 1982/83 season he reached three fifth places, once in the combination and twice in the then-new Super -G. In the 1983/84 season Strolz came with second place in the giant slalom at Chuenisbärgli in Adelboden January 10, 1984 for the first time in the World Cup on the podium and thus qualified for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. There, he won the giant slalom in sixth place, but in the slalom, he fell in the first round of. In March, he reached another second place in the giant slalom at Åre. In the following winter he once came to the podium, but in the World Cup 1985 in Bormio, he fell in the second giant slalom passage out. During the 1985/86 season Strolz drove a total of eight times in the top three ( seven times in the giant slalom and one in the super-G ) and thus came the first time in his career in the top ten in the overall World Cup. In the giant slalom World Cup, he reached the third place. The next season was with only two podium finishes not quite as successful. At the 1987 World Championships in Crans -Montana Vorarlberg just missed a medal. In the giant slalom, he was best Austrian Fourth and remained only eight hundredths of a second behind third-place finisher in the Super- G, he finished fifth.

Not quite as good was the season 1988 / 89th Strolz came three times on the podium in the World Cup and fell back to tenth place. At the World Cup 1989 in Vail, he missed like two years earlier just a medal and finished fourth in the super -G. In the giant slalom, he left in the first passage. In the winter of 1989/90, the Vorarlberg was able to increase again and missed in the slalom in Kranjska Gora, just a hundredth of a second his second World Cup victory. With several podium finishes, he reached the third place in the giant slalom World Cup, in the overall standings, he was seventh. Unusually bad was the season 1990 / 91st In the World Cup Strolz came only twice into the top ten. The best result of the season he reached at the World Championships in Saalbach -Hinterglemm finished sixth in the combination. In the World Cup Super -G, however, he finished only 22nd place. Again, it went uphill in the 1991 / 92nd With four podium finishes, three of them in combinations, he finished second in the combined standings and ninth respectively in the overall and slalom World Cup. At the Olympic Winter Games in 1992 it almost the successful defense of his combined victory would have succeeded, but in the second slalom passage, he retired a few goals from in front of the goal. The other race he could finish it, but it reached no top positions.

At the beginning of the 1992/93 season finished Strolz two third places in slalom, but was then only once in the top ten. With the 28th place in the departure of St. Anton he won for the only time in this discipline World Cup points. At the 1993 World Championships in Japan Morioka Shizukuishi he finished fourth in slalom and sixth in the giant slalom and missed so again only just a medal. In the combination, he left in downhill skiing. After the World Cup Strolz finished the season, already at an early stage to prepare for the upcoming winter Olympics. But since he did not produce more top results in the 1993/94 season, his participation in the Olympic Games has not been possible. At winter's end the 31 -year-old gave after 14 seasons in the World Cup announced his retirement.

By 2009, Hubert Strolz headed the ski and snowboard school in his home town of Warth am Arlberg. His 1992 born son John is also skier and belongs since 2009 to the Austrian Ski Federation squad.

Sporting successes

Olympic Winter Games

  • Calgary 1988: 1 combination, 2nd Giant Slalom, Super -G 4
  • Albertville 1992: 9 Giant Slalom, Slalom 13, 24, Super -G

World Championships

  • Schladming 1982: 10 Giant Slalom
  • Crans -Montana 1987: 4 Giant Slalom, Super -G 5
  • Vail 1989: 4 Super -G
  • Saalbach -Hinterglemm 1991: 6 combination, 22 Super -G
  • Morioka Shizukuishi 1993: 4th Slalom, Giant Slalom 6

World Cup

  • Season 1981/82: 9 Giant Slalom
  • Season 1983/84: 6 Giant Slalom
  • Season 1984/85: 10 Giant Slalom
  • Season 1985/86: 9 Overall World Cup, 3rd Giant Slalom, Super -G 8
  • Season 1986/87: 4 Giant Slalom
  • Season 1987/88: 3rd Overall World Cup, 1 combination, 2nd Giant Slalom, Super-G, 5, 6 Slalom
  • Season 1988/89: 10th overall World Cup Giant Slalom 6, 8 combination
  • Season 1989/90: 7 Overall World Cup, 3rd giant slalom
  • Season 1991/92: 9 Overall World Cup, second combination, 9 slalom
  • 1992/ 93: 5 combination
  • A win ( combined in Bad Kleinkirchheim, on 17 January 1988), Second 14x, 18x Third

European Cup

  • 1980/81 season: 4th overall, 1st Giant Slalom
  • Season 1981/82: 1st overall, 1st Giant Slalom, Slalom 5
  • Four wins, five more podiums

Awards (excerpt)