It is with great sadness that FIS learned of the passing of Austrian Alpine skiing great Egon Zimmermann (80).
Zimmermann was one of the dominant Alpine racers of the 1960s. Highlights of his career were his downhill victory at the Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck (AUT) in 1964 and the gold medal in giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Chamonix (FRA) in 1962.
The all-rounder from the Ski Club Arlberg, whose favourite discipline was the downhill, celebrated countless FIS victories, including at the legendary venues of Kitzbühel, Val d’Isère, Wengen and Sestrière. In 1963, Zimmermann was awarded the “Skier d’Or” as the outstanding skier of the season. In 1996, he also received the “Golden Medal of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.” The Austrian Ski Federation also honoured the downhill Olympic champion with the “Great Golden Sports Medal.”
FIS would like to express its deepest condolences to the Austrian Ski Federation and all family members, friends and loved ones of Egon Zimmermann.