Michaela Dorfmeister

Michaela Dorfmeister ( born March 25, 1973 in Vienna ) is an Austrian former alpine skier. She was twice Olympic champion, twice world champion, won the World Cup once, twice each the downhill World Cup and the Super - G World Cup and once the giant slalom World Cup.


Your first four years of life spent Michaela Dorfmeister in Vienna until she moved to Neusiedl (municipality Waidmannsfeld ) with her family; there she also learned to ski. When she was 14 years old, she began training at the Skihandelsschule Schladming. In 1990, she was Austrian Junior Champion in Downhill and Slalom. In the same year she first took part in the Austrian Championships and let the Super -G completely surprising all older competitors behind.

In 1991, Michaela Dorfmeister first part in a World Cup race. However, the path to world-class lasted over four years. Her first World Cup victory she celebrated on December 16, 1995 in Departure from St. Anton am Arlberg. At the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano in 1998, she won the silver medal in the Super -G, the Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street they lost a one hundredth of a second. Two more medals followed at the World Ski Championships 1999 in Vail, silver in the downhill and bronze in the super -G.

Although they won no less than five World Cup races during the season 1999/2000, it passed in the World Cup for only the second place behind Renate Götschl; however, they could decide to discipline World Cup giant slalom in itself. In the World Ski Championships 2001 in St. Anton am Arlberg, she won the gold medal in the downhill.

2001/2002 Michaela Dorfmeister proved to be the most complete skier of the season and won by a large margin the overall World Cup. However, for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City she could clear her favorite role can not be fair and just reached for them rather disappointing places 4 ( giant slalom ), 5 ( combination ) and 6 (Super -G).

In the World Ski Championships 2003 in St. Moritz, it was the second time World Champion, this time in the Super -G. In the same year, she also decided to discipline World Cup in downhill for and was elected to the Austrian Sportswoman of the Year.

After the season 2003/2004 was run rather mediocre by their standards, she returned in the following season 2004/ 05 back to its former strength and won the discipline World Cup super-G. The World Ski Championships 2005 in Santa Caterina however was very disappointing because Michaela Dorfmeister different in all three races to which they had set out from.

When downhill skiing super combined on 22 January 2006 in St. Moritz Michaela Dorfmeister escaped only with a lot of luck in a serious accident. A careless marshals, who had a radio message was misinterpreted, driven to the track, as Dorfmeister was still on the way. Just because they raised the right ski at the last moment, she could prevent a momentous clash.

At the 2006 Winter Olympics, she won in San Sicario on 15 February 2006, the gold medal in the downhill and on 20 February 2006 in the Super -G. After Petra Kronberger, it is the second Austrian, who won two gold medals in alpine Olympic Games.

In the season 2005/2006 she was already prematurely secure the discipline World Cup in downhill and Super- G. With the giant slalom in Åre on 19 March 2006, she ended her 14 -year-old active racing career. She's athlete ambassador of development organization Right to Play.

Dorfmeister brought in March 2009 their first child into the world.


Olympic Winter Games

  • Nagano 1998: 2 Super -G, downhill 18
  • Salt Lake City 2002: 4 Giant Slalom, 5 combination, 6 Super -G, downhill 9
  • Turin 2006: 1st exit, first Super -G

World Championships

  • Sierra Nevada 1996: 9 Giant Slalom, Downhill 11, 12 combination, 29 Super -G
  • Sestriere 1997: 8 Super -G, 12 combination, 16 downhill, giant slalom 17
  • Vail 1999: 2nd exit, third Super -G, 6 combination
  • St. Anton 2001: 1st exit, 8 Giant Slalom, Super -G 29
  • St. Moritz 2003: 1 Super -G, Giant Slalom 4, 12 departure

Junior World Championships

  • Zinal 1990: 7 Departure
  • Geilo 1991: 21 Super -G, Slalom 21, 31 departure
  • Maribor 1992: 5th exit, 7 combination, 8 Super -G, Giant Slalom 10th, 19th slalom

World Cup

Michaela Dorfmeister has ever won the World Cup (2002), plus five victories coming in discipline Ratings (2 x downhill, super-G and 2 x 1 x Giant Slalom ).

  • Overall World Cup 1st place: 2001/2002
  • 2nd Place: 1999/2000
  • 3rd place: 2005/2006
  • Downhill World Cup 1st place: 2002/2003, 2005/2006
  • 2nd Place: 2001/2002
  • 3rd place: 1998/ 1999 2004/2005
  • Super - G World Cup 1st place: 2004/2005, 2005/2006
  • 2nd Place: 1998/1999
  • 3rd place: 2001/2002, 2003/2004
  • Giant Slalom World Cup 1st place: 1999/2000
  • 2nd Place: 2001/2002
  • 3rd place: 2000/2001

World Cup wins

Total: 25 individual World Cup victories (7 x downhill, super-G 10 x 8 x giant slalom ). In addition, 16 times second and 23 times third parties.

* Same time as Lindsey Kildow and Nadia Styger

European Cup

  • Season 1990/1991: 5th overall, 2nd downhill standings, 2 Super -G standings
  • Season 1994/1995: 3 Super -G standings
  • A total of 3 wins, 1x Second 1x Third

Austrian Championships

Michaela Dorfmeister won seven Austrian Champion title:

  • Super -G ( 3): 1990, 1996, 1997
  • Giant Slalom (2): 1995, 2000
  • Exit ( 1): 1996
  • Combination of ( 1): 1996