Heini Messner

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameHeinrich "Heini"•Messner
Used nameHeini•Messner
Born1 September 1939 in Obernberg am Brenner (AUT)
Measurements176 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsSportverein Tirol
NOC Austria

Biography

Heini Messner was a pioneer in a number of ways. He won the first World Cup race ever contested, a slalom victory at Berchtesgaden on 5 January 1967. In the 1970s he was the first skiier to move to shorter skis for the technical races, which became common in later years. A three-time Olympian, Messner won two bronze medals, in the 1968 giant slalom and the 1972 downhill. He also competed at the 1966 and 1970 World Championships, but failed to make a podium, placing fourth twice. In his short World Cup career he still notched 16 podiums.

Messner retired after the 1971-72 season and turned to coaching, leading the Austrian women’s team for two seasons. He settled in Steinach am Brenner where he ran a ski school and a boarding house, as well as a ski rental service.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) AUT Heini Messner
Downhill, Men (Olympic) 10
1968 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) AUT Heini Messner
Downhill, Men (Olympic) 4
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Slalom, Men (Olympic) =14
1972 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) AUT Heini Messner
Downhill, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

Special Notes