Manfred Pranger (born 25 January 1978 in Hall in Tyrol ) is an Austrian alpine skier. It was 2009 world champion in his specialist discipline slalom and won three World Cup races so far.
Pillory came through his father Joseph, who worked as a ski instructor in the winter and today is the tenant Tribulaunhütte, at the age of two years for skiing. He completed his schooling at the Skihauptschule in Neustift and the Skihandelsschule in Stams. The first top-10 place in a FIS race pillory achieved in December 1996. The first podiums and victories followed in the 1998/1999 season, after which he regularly came into use in the European Cup from next winter. The breakthrough came in the 2000/2001 season, when he decided the slalom rating for himself with two victories in the slalom in Donnersbachwald and Pozza di Fassa and three other podium finishes. That same winter, he played his first three World Cup races in which he was twice in the top 25.
After his European Cup success pillory had a Fixstartplatz for the World Cup season 2001/2002. In December he reached sixth place in the slalom in Kranjska Gora his first top- 10 finish and two other top - 10 finishes in Adelboden and Kitzbühel he qualified for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, but where he at first Slalom passage failed. Very resistant to pillory presented in the World Cup season 2002/2003. He binned in nine out of ten slaloms in the top ten, six of them in the top five. Only in Kitzbuhel he did not finish. At the end of the season he was third in the slalom in Hafjell first time on the podium, reaching the fifth place in the slalom World Cup. He was also fifth in the 2003 World Cup in St. Moritz. He was also in 2003 for the first time Austrian Champion in slalom.
The 2003/2004 season began with three podium finishes ( third in Park City and Madonna di Campiglio and second place in Flachau ). This was followed by two top-10 results, but also four failures. At the end of the season he was third in Sestriere again on the podium and finished third in World Cup slalom seventh place. His Austrian slalom champion title he successfully defended in 2004. In the season 2004/2005 pillory first went four times in the top ten. On 23 January 2005 he celebrated his first victory in Kitzbuehel and two days later he was standing exactly on his 27th birthday in the night slalom in Schladming for the second time at the top of the podium. When two weeks later held World Championship 2005 in Bormio Pranger after the first slalom through in second place, but dropped out after a gate faults in the second race of. In the two World Cup slalom after the World Cup scored pillory only a 14th place, with which he came in third in the slalom World Cup.
The next winter pillory could not connect to the previous year's results. In the 2005/2006 season he fell out in five out of ten slalom and came only twice in the top ten, which is why he did not qualify within the Austrian team for the Olympic Winter Games in Turin. In the slalom World Cup he fell back on the 23th Place. The 2006/2007 season was better. Pillory drove in six slaloms among the top ten that finished twelfth place in the slalom World Cup. He could also qualify for the 2007 World Championships in Åre, where he finished fifth. At the beginning of the 2007/2008 season he reached two top - 10 finishes on the Reiteralm and in Bad Kleinkirchheim. However, in the third World Cup slalom of winter in Alta Badia pillory suffered a torn ACL and a meniscus tear in his right knee, which is why he had to end the season prematurely.
In the 2008/2009 season took pillory the way back to the top. On January 11, 2009, he was the second in the slalom in Adelboden for the first time in four years on the podium and a week later he celebrated his third World Cup victory in Wengen. He scored a second place in the night slalom on the Planai in Schladming and with three other top-10 results, he finished fourth in the slalom World Cup. He celebrated his biggest success at the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isere, when he became world champion in slalom ahead of Frenchman Julien Lizeroux and the Canadian Michael Janyk. He also won in 2009 for the third time the Austrian slalom championship. On 7 April 2009, a pillory disc surgery had to undergo.
In the 2009/2010 season pillory went three times on the podium, finishing seventh in the slalom World Cup. At the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010, he left in the first round. Less good was the World Cup season 2010/2011. A fifth-place finish in the first slalom in Levi remained his best result of the season, another two times he went into the top ten. In the slalom World Cup he fell back to 18th place. At the World Championships 2011 in Garmisch -Partenkirchen pillory was ninth. The 2010/2011 season he finished with his fourth slalom victory at the Austrian Championships. In the season 2011/2012 to pillory could improve again over the previous year. He finished with four top - 10 finishes and four other top 15 results ranked tenth in the slalom World Cup. Also four placings in the top ten, he scored in the 2012/2013 season.
Pillory lives with his wife Karin, whom he married in 2006, and his two children in Gschnitz in Tirol.
- St. Moritz 2003: 5th Slalom
- Åre 2007: 5th Slalom
- Val d'Isere 2009: slalom first
- Garmisch -Partenkirchen 2011: 9 Slalom
World Cup ratings
- 2002/2003 season: 5 Slalom World Cup
- Season 2003/2004: 7 Slalom World Cup
- Season 2004/2005: 3 Slalom World Cup
- 2008/2009 season: 4th slalom World Cup
- Season 2009/2010: 7 Slalom World Cup
- Season 2011/2012: 10th World Cup slalom
World Cup wins
- Season 2000/2001: 7th overall, 1st slalom rating
- Season 2003/2004: 8 slalom rating
- Season 2006/2007: 4 slalom rating
- 15 podiums, including 8 victories:
- Quadruple Austrian Champion in slalom ( 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2011 )
- 11 wins in FIS races (10x Slalom, Giant Slalom 1x )