|Roles||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Full name||Heinrich "Heini"•Messner|
|Born||1 September 1939 in Obernberg am Brenner (AUT)|
|Measurements||176 cm / 75 kg|
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.
|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|