Rainer Salzgeber

Rainer Salzgeber ( born April 26, 1967 in Schruns, Vorarlberg, Austria) is a former Austrian alpine skier and member of the WSV Tschagguns. He celebrated his biggest success with the silver medal in the giant slalom at the 1993 World Championships in Morioka. He also achieved six podiums at World Cup races and was three times Austrian champion. His special disciplines were giant slalom and Super -G.


Salzgeber celebrated his first major success at the Junior World Championship 1985 in Jasna, with the gold medals in slalom and in the combination. The following year, he won the European Cup discipline rating in the Super -G.

At the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville in 1992, he finished 15th in the Super G and giant slalom seventh. The following year, he celebrated his greatest success. On 10 February 1993, he surprisingly won the silver medal in the giant slalom at the World Championships in Morioka.

Shortly thereafter, on February 27, 1993, he was injured on the descent to Whistler Mountain hard (anterior and posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee cracked and side ligament and meniscus tear), but managed in the coming season a successful comeback. Salzgeber reached his first podium in the World Cup, finished third in the giant slalom in Crans -Montana. At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, he just missed a medal in the giant slalom and finished fifth. At the World Championships in Sestriere in 1997, he finished ninth in the giant slalom and 1999 in Vail in the Super- G Course 16

In the World Cup he achieved second place in the giant slalom in Vail in 1997 and the Super G in Schladming 1999. Moreover, he was with his fifth place on 21 December 1998 at the legendary ninefold victory of the Austrian Ski team in the Super G at the Patscherkofel in Innsbruck involved.

Since retiring from active ski racing in the 2001/ 02 season he has been working at the ski company Head. From January 2002 to May 2005 as a junior coordinator and since May 2005 as Racing Director.

Salt donor is in a relationship with the former Austrian alpine skier Anita Wachter and has two daughters.

Sporting successes

Olympic games

  • Albertville 1992: 7 Giant Slalom, Super -G 15
  • Lillehammer 1994: 5 Giant Slalom

World Championships

  • Morioka 1993: 2 Giant Slalom
  • Sestriere 1997: 9 Giant Slalom
  • Vail 1999: 16 Super -G

Junior World Championships

  • Sugarloaf 1984: 4 Giant Slalom
  • Jasna 1985: 1 Slalom, Giant Slalom 1st combination 5, 16 departure

World Cup

  • Season 1991/92: 7 Combined World Cup
  • 1992/93 Season: 7 Combined World Cup
  • Season 1996/ 97: 6 giant slalom World Cup
  • Season 1997/ 98: 8 giant slalom World Cup
  • Season 1998/99: 6 Super - G World Cup
  • 6 podiums
  • 14 finishes among the top five

European Cup

  • 1985/86 season: 1 super-G standings, third giant slalom rating
  • Season 1986/87: 2nd overall, 2nd Super-G standings, second giant slalom rating
  • Season 1994/95: 3rd exit summary
  • Season 1996/ 97: 2 Super -G standings
  • Season 2000/ 01: 5 giant slalom rating

Austrian Championships

Rainer Salzgeber was three times Austrian Champion:

  • 2x combination: 1990, 1991
  • 1x Super -G: 1995