Werner Heel

Werner Heel ( born March 23, 1982 in Meran ) is an Italian alpine skier. He specializes in the disciplines of downhill and Super -G. The South Tyrolean grew up in sway in the church of St. Leonhard in Passeier and currently lives in Merano.


His main disciplines are downhill and super -G, but he also trained slalom in order to compete in the super combined. For the first time international attention he made in 1995 with the victory in the giant slalom at the Whistler Cup. In 2004, he won the Italian championship in Super -G in Caspoggio. Due to numerous injuries, he often had to pause. In the season 2004/ 05 Werner Heel delivered his best performance from the European Cup. He reached third place on the slopes in Roccaraso and Bad Kleinkirchheim and the fourth place in the Super G in Tarvisio.

His debut in the World Cup were Heel on 28 December 2001 at the Pista Stelvio in Bormio, where he reached the 37th place. In the 2006/07 season he scored ninth in the downhill in Kvitfjell his first top-10 place and finished twelfth in Lake Louise. In 2007 he took part in the Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre, Sweden, but could not finish his run in the Super Combined. In the super -G, he won the 27th place.

For the South Tyrolean athletes ran the season 2007/ 08 outstanding. On November 24, 2007, he finished sixth in the downhill in Lake Louise. His first World Cup race he won in the downhill in Kvitfjell on February 29, 2008. Already the next day confirmed Werner Heel its potential and scored on the same runway in third place. In the 2008 /09 season Heel won the Super G in Val Gardena and Åre and finished in super- G World Cup second place behind Aksel Lund Svindal. At the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isère, he scored seventh in the downhill and 14th in super -G. Also successful, but without a win, was the World Cup season 2009/10. Heel ran three times on the podium and finished third in the downhill World Cup. At the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 after he missed the 12th place in the downhill in Super G with space 4 a medal just barely.

Without World Cup podium Heel remained in the season 2010/11. His best result was a fifth place in the downhill in Wengen, another four times he went into the top ten. At the World Championships 2011 in Garmisch -Partenkirchen, he was eighth in the Super- G, but only 22 in the downhill. After Heel was driven in the 2011/12 season in only two World Cup races into the top 20, he reached on 14 December 2012 as the third in the Super -G in Val Gardena his first podium in almost three years.


Olympic games

  • Vancouver 2010: 4 Super -G, downhill 12
  • Sochi 2014: 12 Downhill, 17 Super -G

World Championships

  • Åre 2007: 27 Super -G
  • Val d'Isere 2009: 7 exit 14 Super -G
  • Garmisch -Partenkirchen 2011: 8 Super -G, downhill 22
  • Schladming 2013: 16 Downhill, 20 Super -G

World Cup

  • Season 2007/ 08: 5 Super - G World Cup
  • Season 2008/ 09: 2 Super - G World Cup
  • Season 2009/ 10: third Downhill World Cup
  • Season 2012/13: 4 Super - G World Cup 10 World Cup downhill
  • 9 podiums including 3 victories:

European Cup

  • Season 2003/ 04: 9 super-G standings
  • Season 2004/ 05: 6 Super-G standings, 7 exit summary
  • 2 podiums

Other successes


Werner Heel since 2009 ambassador for UNICEF. In the 2009/10 season, he was wearing the UNICEF logo as head sponsor, since 2011, he organized events that also serve a good purpose.