Mourning for Rosi Mittermaier († 72): The sky shines

You can’t even imagine this moment. Just talked about the soft snow on the Gudiberg, the brave work of the slope workers and the respect of starting number 29 for the high tubs on the course, and the next moment all this is as unimportant as anything can be unimportant.

Shock during ARD transmission

In minute 50 of the ARD broadcast from the World Cup slalom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen co-commentator Felix Neureuther falls silent. Bernd Schmelzer somehow manages the trick of continuing to talk. About starting number 30, 31 and 32 and about Linus Straßer’s fantastic starting position for the second round.

His thoughts must have been miles away for a long time. With Rosi Mittermaier.

Their son is probably already on the way, across town, home to mom, who is dying. The family had known for months that this dreadful moment was coming, and now it actually looked as if someone had picked the very day on which a ski race takes place where the Neureuthers have been scooping every blade of grass and every snowflake for years and days know personally, on the Gudiberg.

statement of the family

Rosi Mittermaier is dead. “We as a family announce the sad news that our beloved wife, mom and grandma passed away peacefully on January 4th, 2023 after a serious illness with the family,” said husband Christian Neureuther and the children Ameli and Felix in a statement.

The BR changes its program at short notice

A fact that you don’t want to admit days later, but you have to. “With eternal love and gratitude,” writes daughter Ameli on Instagram for a black and white picture of her mom. “The sky shines.” The mourning flags at the town hall in the village cannot be overlooked. Bayerischer Rundfunk changed its TV program at short notice on Friday. From 5.45 p.m. to 11 p.m. several programs about the deceased were shown.

Former ski racer Rosi Mittermaier died at the age of 72.

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Rosi Mittermaier Neureuther died on January 4th.  The ski legend was 72 years old.

Rosi Mittermaier is dead: the winter sports legend died at the age of 72


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Wasmeier: “You won’t find a person like that again.”

Public participation continues through sport. “We lost a fantastic person. Rosi had a heart as big as a bus, she was always there for everyone – that was unique,” said Markus Wasmeier, double Olympic champion in 1994 and a friend of the family: “You find a person like that not again. She leaves a huge void.”

Admiration goes far beyond sporting success

And Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder said: “Rosi Mittermaier was a role model for all of us. We will all miss her commitment to her fellow human beings, her big heart and her unforgettable devotion. Bavaria will always keep her in honorable memory.”

Mittermaier is “not only an outstanding athlete, but also a great personality gone from us”said Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg. “The special thing about Rosi was that people admired her far beyond her sporting successes.

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With her down-to-earth, authentic demeanor, she always made time for everyone and won many hearts for herself.” She remembers “how much Rosi was happy with me about my Olympic victory in Vancouver,” says Rebensburg, “this heartfelt moment with me I will not forget her, just like the little present she gave me back then. I will always remember her with gratitude as this caring, warm and loving woman.”

Also slalom specialist Linus Straßer, with Felix Neureuther who traveled together in the World Cup for a number of years, reacted with dismay to Mittermaier’s death. “Pfiat di, Rosi,” wrote the 30-year-old on Instagram. “My thoughts are with her family and of course with my former team-mate and friend Felix in particular.”

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