Markus Wasmeier

Markus which Meier ( born September 9, 1963 in Schliersee ) is a former German ski racer. He raced in all disciplines, where its strengths lay in the downhill and especially in the super-G. But his biggest successes came in the giant slalom; in this discipline in 1985 he was World Champion and 1994 Olympic champion. Another Olympic gold medal also came in 1994 in the Super -G added and in 1987 a World Cup bronze medal. In the World Cup he won nine races and the Super G discipline rating in the season 1985 / 86th

  • 2.1 The Olympic Games
  • 2.2 World Championships
  • 2.3 World Cup
  • 2.4 Further successes



Which Meier, son of a Lüftlmalers and restorer stood as a two year old first time on skis and won the age of five his first student race. In 1977 he won the German championship in the giant slalom student and was inducted into the C team. After completion of compulsory schooling which Meier trained as a painter and decorator,. He then undertook to 1994 in the army in order to benefit as a sports soldier from the good training possibilities. Most recently, he served as a sergeant in Berchtesgaden.

His first try in the World Cup which Meier had on February 5, 1983; the downhill in St. Anton, he finished ranked 49th World Cup points he won for the first time on January 29, 1984 in Garmisch -Partenkirchen, where he finished 10th in the combination. On December 11, 1984 went in the giant slalom in Sestriere for the first time on the podium. A first career highlight was the World Cup 1985 in Bormio. Without having previously won a World Cup race, which Meier made ​​for a surprise when he won the gold medal in the giant slalom and favorites Pirmin Zurbriggen struck by five hundredths of a second.

In the following season, 1985/86 which Meier scored regularly in all disciplines. Behind Ivano Edalini he was born on January 6, 1986 second in the parallel slalom in Vienna, Hohe - Wand-Wiese. On February 9, 1986, he won his first World Cup race, the super -G in Morzine. In the overall standings of the World Cup he finished third, moreover, he decided the first conducted super-G discipline rating for themselves. Also in the 1986/87 season to which Meier was found to be consistent top runner. Among other things, he won the prestigious Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen. At the 1987 World Championships he was third in his best discipline super -G. The season was the end of February ended prematurely for him when he crashed heavily in Furano and thereby broke two vertebrae.

In January 1988, which Meier was again a super -G win and was ahead of the Olympic Winter Games 1988 favorites in this discipline. But the Olympic races in Nakiska at Calgary, he left already after the first goal; in the downhill, it was enough to place 6th Also a medal he won at the World Championships in 1989 in Vail, where he was fifth in the Super-G, respectively, and in combination. The 1988/89 season was characterized by rather average results. At the beginning of the 1989/90 season he was able to classify only in a race in the points, but was nonetheless nominated for the World Cup 1989. Completely contrary to the previous course of the season he won in Lake Louise surprisingly the last Super G of the winter.

After a Skimarkenwechsel of fishermen to Atomic Wasmeier enter the 1991/92 season again regularly finishes in the top ten in the downhill in Garmisch -Partenkirchen, he celebrated the last World Cup victory of his career. Fourth place of departure of the Olympic Winter Games in 1992, he missed a medal scarce. One week before the start of the World Cup season 1992/93 which Meier bounced along with a serviceman and retired while a broken ankle and a concussion. Only a month later, he started to race again and reached several top ten classifications.

In the 1993/94 season which Meier initially scored below average results. Prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer you therefore did not count him closer favorites. The disappointing 36th place in the downhill seemed to confirm this assessment. But then which Meier won unexpectedly in the Super -G and giant slalom, where he took a few hundredths ahead both victories. He was so after 58 years, the first German alpine skier, the Olympic champion (1936, Franz Pfnür had won the combination ). He had the World Cup season with rather mixed results fade away and then announced his retirement.

Other activities and honors

Which Meier was selected as the first male skier ever to German Sportsman of the Year in December 1994. Since then he has worked for the ARD as a ski expert. In this role, he analyzed race at the Olympic Games, World Championships and the World Cup, he also presented the audience with hand-held camera rides in each case the slopes before. Because he had made advertising for the computer game Winter Games 2007 RTL and thus violated the guidelines of the ARD, the public television station cooperation interrupted in January 2007; But which Meier returned the following season back as an expert.

1994 which Meier played a supporting role in the ski film White Magic of Willy Bogner junior. With him, he also designed a clothing line that was launched in 1995. In an episode of the TV series Ein Bayer auf Rügen in 1995, he played himself since November 2000 which Meier is owned by the Sports Advisory Board of the German Ski Association at.

1 May 2007, which Meier opened the Mark which Meier Farm and Winter Sports Museum. With the help of sponsors, he left three historic farmhouses, which were threatened by decay, erode and build it in Schliersee. In July of the same year he was awarded the Bavarian sports award in the category " high performance athletes Plus", in July 2007, he was honored by Prime Minister Edmund Stoiber, the Bavarian Order of Merit. In 2011 he was awarded the Bavarian Poetentaler.


Which Meier is married since 1991. With its coming from South Tyrol wife Brigitte, whom he met in Daglfing at a celebrity - harness racing, he has three sons. The family lives in Upper Bavaria Schliersee. He maintains the Bavarian folk music and plays the zither and violin lap.


Olympic games

  • Calgary 1988: 6th exit, 7 combination, 19 Giant Slalom
  • Albertville 1992: 4th exit, 5 combination, 9 Super -G
  • Lillehammer 1994: 1 Super -G, Giant Slalom 1st, 36th departure

World Championships

  • Bormio 1985: 1st Giant Slalom, 7 combination
  • Crans -Montana 1987: 3 Super -G, 5 combination, 9 Downhill, Giant Slalom 13
  • Vail 1989: 5 Super -G, 5 combined, 13 giant slalom
  • Saalbach -Hinterglemm 1991: 13 Super -G
  • Morioka 1993: 9 Giant Slalom, Downhill 35

World Cup

World Cup ratings:

  • Season 1984/ 85: 10th overall, fifth combination, 9 Giant Slalom
  • Season 1985/86 season: 3rd overall, 1st Super -G, 2 combination, 8 Giant Slalom
  • Season 1986/87 season: 3rd overall, 3rd Super -G, downhill 4, 6 Giant Slalom
  • Season 1987/ 88: 6 overall, 2 Super -G, 4 combination
  • Season 1988/89 season: 5th overall, 2nd combination, 6 Super -G, downhill 9
  • Season 1989/90 season: 3 combination, 9 Super -G
  • Season 1991/92 season: 7th overall, 3rd combination, 6 downhill, super-G 9

Victories in World Cup races:

Other successes

  • 8 German championship 2x Departure: 1986, 1987
  • 4x Super -G: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
  • 2x Giant Slalom: 1986, 1987