REFRESH FRIDAY: HANSI HINTERSEER
One of the most famous Austrian skiers is still Johann Ernst Hinterseer, or how the most people call him: “Hansi” Hinterseer. He is the son of Ernst Hinterseer, who won a gold medal in slalom skiing at the Winter Olympics of 1960 in Squaw Valley, USA.
Hansi began his skiing career in his early ages, starting from skiing from his home each morning at the Seidlalm to his school in Kitzbühel. His father Ernst supported him to become an olympic athlete, in 1968 Hansi became Austrian Schoolmaster of Slalom, Giant Slalom and alpine skiing combined.
His world cup career started not much later in 1971, and he participated at the winter olympics of 1976 in Innsbruck. During his active years, Hansi won six alpine skiing World Cup races in the slalom and giant slalom, and the overall giant slalom contest during the alpine skiing World Cup of 1973. His best achievement was the silver medal at the world championship of 1974 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Hinterseer ended his world cup carreer in 1978, from which he started to join the U.S. Pro-Ski Tour and also joined the Austrian Television ORF as a commentator for skiing broadcasts.
Today, most people know Hansi as an entertainer, entrepreneur and singer. Some of his Schlager folklore songs ended up on the first place in the Austrian charts, like “So ein schöner Tag” (Such a beautiful day) and “Meine Berge, meine Heimat” (My mountains, my homeland). He also made some après-ski-hits, like “Skitwist”. His songs weren’t only successful in Austria, but also in Germany and Switzerland.
If you like his music or not, Hansi made an incredible career from skier to entertainer and singer. His skiing skills are still fabulous up to today. As a A-list celebrity, Hansi is still loved by the people in Austria and abroad.