Josef Rieder

Josef " Josi " Rieder ( born December 3, 1932 in Lermoos ) is a former Austrian alpine skier. In the 1950s, he celebrated numerous victories in international races and 1958 World Champion in slalom.


After business school Rieder visited the hotel school in Bad Gastein and started relatively late with the ski racing. In the winter of 1952/53, he started for the first time at international races, the following year he celebrated in the slalom in Val Gardena his first victory and reached some more podiums. In the 1954/55 season he won the giant slalom, slalom and combined the 3- Tre race in Canazei, the departure in Cervinia and the giant slalom in Zakopane. In the famous Arlberg - Kandahar race in Murren he took second place in the downhill and the fourth in the combination. Most of the key departures on the Lauberhorn in Wengen and on the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel, he came sixth.

In January 1956 Rieder succeeded in the Lauberhorn combination with each second in slalom and downhill be up to this time the most important victory in Kitzbühel he reached second place in slalom and combined. At the Olympic Winter Games 1956 in Cortina d' Ampezzo of Tyrol, however, was dogged by bad luck and difference in both the downhill and slalom from. In the rest of the season he could still win the 3- Tre- slalom on the Marmolada and the giant slalom in Saalfelden.

In the winter of 1957 Rieder repeated his victory in the Lauberhorn combination and won this time with a victory in the slalom and third place in the Hahnenkamm downhill the combination. Some more wins get him at the North American race: In Quebec, he won two descents, the slalom and the combination; in Stowe, he won the slalom and the giant slalom in Portland.

At the World Cup 1958 in Bad Gastein Rieder celebrated the biggest success of his career with the fastest time in the second round, he secured before Toni Sailer and the Japanese Chiharu Igaya, who led after the first run, the world championship in slalom. In each case the silver medal he won in the giant slalom and combined, both times only beaten by Toni Sailer, who won three gold medals and the big star of this World Cup was.

In the season 1958/59 Rieder celebrated in the giant slalom at the Zugspitze his last victory and moved gradually from racing back. After his playing career, the Tyrolean several years worked as a coach and supervised at the Olympic Winter Games 1960, the Spanish team. He then became head coach of the Austrian Skiherren, with whom he enjoyed great success at the World Cup 1962. A special honor was awarded to him part, as he was allowed to light the Olympic flame at the Innsbruck Bergisel Stadium at the Olympic Winter Games in 1964.


World Championships

  • Bad Gastein 1958: 1 Slalom, Giant Slalom 2nd, 2nd combination, 8 departure

Austrian Championships

  • Austrian Champion in downhill in 1958