Reinfried Herbst

Reinfried Herbst ( born October 11, 1978 in Salzburg) is an Austrian alpine skier. In the World Cup he will start only in the slalom discipline, in the European Cup in Giant Slalom. Autumn won the silver medal in slalom and in the season 2009/10 World Cup slalom at the 2006 Winter Olympics.


Autumn attended the Skihauptschule in Bad Gastein and the Skihandelsschule in Stams. After he graduated from the military service in the Army Sports and melee school Hochfilzen and began training at the customs station. The subsequent re-training for executive staff he joined in 2005. Since 2007 he is the father of a son and a daughter since 2010.

First success achieved in the autumn winter 1991, when he was Austrian student champion in the super -G. After several top-10 results in FIS races he was included in the squad of the Austrian Ski 1996. Due to injury, he had to pause for almost the entire 1996/97 season. After his first victory in a FIS race he came in January 1998, his first stakes in the European Cup. In March 1998 he participated in the Junior World Cup in Megeve, finishing in fourth place in the slalom. In the next years autumn drove in the European Cup regularly in the points, but his first top-10 result succeeded only at the end of the 1999/2000 season, when he finished third in the slalom at the lake. Also in the 2000/ 01 season he was able to record only a top 10 result (sixth place in the first slalom of Thunder Bach). In his first World Cup start in the slalom in Kitzbuehel on January 21, 2001, he did not qualify for the second round. After a new injury in November 2001, he could deny no more races in the rest of this winter.

In the comeback season in 2002/ 03 reached autumn in the European Cup four top-10 results, all in giant slalom, which he finished in tenth place in the discipline standings. In the World Cup he was in December 2002 with number 13 in the knockout slalom in Sestriere first score, but remained in its further six slalom starts without result. Also next winter he scored no result in his three World Cup races. Better he fared in the 2003/04 season in the European Cup, where he celebrated his first victory in January in both slalom in Todtnau so equal points reached the second place in the slalom standings with the Italians Lucas Senoner and thereby a Fixstartplatz for the World Cup secured. In the Giant Slalom him get two third places, which he finished fifth in the overall standings and fourth in the discipline standings. In the World Cup season 2004/ 05 he scored in eight slaloms but only two results (ranked 20 in Beaver Creek and rank 16 in Schladming ), which is why he was dismissed for lack of good results in the spring of 2005 from the Austrian Ski Federation squad.

Autumn had to attend summer training at their own expense and failed to qualify for the World Cup again until just before the season 2005/ 06. Within a few weeks, he established himself on the slalom world: On December 12, 2005 drove the fall in Madonna di Campiglio for the first time in the top ten, and on 22 January 2006, he was the second in the slalom in Kitzbuehel for the first time on the podium. A month later he succeeded at the Olympic Winter Games 2006 in Turin with his biggest success when he won the silver medal in the slalom behind Benjamin Raich. Two weeks later, he celebrated his first World Cup slalom in Shigakogen victory and after winter, he was called up to the national team of the Austrian Ski Federation.

On July 21, 2006 Fall suffered during a charity football match a torn ACL in his left knee. After rapid rehabilitation he was already six months later, in late January 2007, again take part in World Cup races and qualify for the 2007 World Championships in February in Åre, but where he was eliminated in the first round. His best result of the season in the World Cup he reached eighth place at the finals in Lenzerheide. In the 2007 /08 season autumn returned to the podium. He won the slalom in Garmisch -Partenkirchen and Bormio, third in Zagreb, reaching the third place in the slalom World Cup. Also in the 2008/ 09 season he celebrated two victories in Adelboden and in Schladming. In addition, he finished second in Wengen and third in Garmisch -Partenkirchen. However, in the slalom World Cup he fell two places back to fifth place. At the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isere Autumn different as two years earlier from the first slalom run. Between the World Cup races, he also starts more often in the European Cup, where he / 09 with four and three wins each took second place in the slalom standings in the seasons 2007/ 08 and 2008.

The World Cup season 2009/10 started the fall with two wins in Levi and Alta Badia. Two more victories followed the end of January in Schladming and Kranjska Gora. Autumn traveled as World Cup leader and one of the most frequently mentioned favorites for the Olympic Winter Games 2010 in Whistler but was only tenth. At the World Cup finals in Garmisch -Partenkirchen, he decided just before Julien Lizeroux the slalom World Cup rankings for themselves. In the season 2010/11 autumn was in contrast to previous years without ever World Cup victory. He ran twice on the podium and dropped to ninth in the slalom World Cup. At the World Championships 2011 in Garmisch -Partenkirchen, he left in the second slalom passage after he was located in the first race in tenth place. In the World Cup season 2011/12 autumn fell back on. He came only once in eighth of the slalom in Schladming in the top ten, finishing in 25th place in the slalom World Cup - its worst result since seven years. Although drove Autumn in the 2012/13 season five times in the top ten, but due to the strong internal team competition, he was not nominated for the World Cup 2013.


Olympic games

  • Turin 2006: 2nd Slalom
  • Vancouver 2010: 10th slalom

Junior World Championships

  • Megève 1998: 4th Slalom

World Cup

  • Season 2005/ 06: 8 slalom rating
  • Season 2007/ 08: 3rd slalom rating
  • Season 2008/ 09: 5 slalom rating
  • Season 2009/ 10: first slalom rating
  • Season 2010/ 11: 9 slalom rating
  • 16 podiums, 9 wins:

European Cup

  • Season 2003/ 04: 4th overall, 2nd slalom standings, fifth giant slalom rating
  • Season 2007/ 08: 7th overall, 2nd slalom rating
  • Season 2008/ 09: 2nd slalom rating
  • 20 podiums including 11 victories

Other successes

  • 2 times Austrian Champion ( giant slalom 2003 slalom 2008)
  • 7 wins in FIS races


  • Silver Medal for Services to the Republic of Austria (2006)
  • Grand Decoration of Honour in the Austrian Ski Sports