Walter Schuster

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWalter•Schuster
Used nameWalter•Schuster
Born2 June 1929 in Lermoos (AUT)
Died13 January 2018 in Lermoos (AUT)
AffiliationsSkiklub Lermoos, Lermoos (AUT)
NOC Austria
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Walter Schuster won the Austrian Junior Championship in downhill in 1948 and in slalom and combined in 1949. He was considered a favorite for medals at the 1950 World Championships but broke his femur shortly before the event and was out of racing for over a year. In the 1952-53 season Schuster won 11 major races, and he continued to win in the early 1953-54 season. Again looking towards the World Championships, he missed the event with a broken rib, but he returned with several victories in 1954-55, and finally was able to compete at a major international at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina. There he won a bronze medal in the giant slalom, finishing behind his countrymen, Toni Sailer and Anderl Molterer, as Austria swept the medals. Schuster retired after the 1956-57 and became a ski instructor.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) AUT Walter Schuster
Downhill, Men (Olympic) DQ
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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