The international Ski Jumping community, Ski Club Partenkirchen and the partner clubs of the Four Hills Tournament, are mourning the death of honorary president and official Hans Ostler. The Four Hills Tournament veteran from Garmisch-Partenkirchen passed away at age 93.
“With Hans Ostler we lost a true legend. He was innovative his entire life and he was never satisfied with the status quo. With his passion, he played an important role in the constant development of the Four Hills Tournament and Ski Jumping in general. We owe him a lot and he will remain in our hearts as a role model“, said Johann Pichler, president of the Four Hills Tournament.
Hans Ostler was part of the Four Hills Tournament since the beginning, he even took part in the talks regarding the creation of the Tournament 1949 in Kitzbuehel and from 1954 he was responsible for calculating the results. From 1988 to 2003, Hans Ostler was in charge of the most important competition series in winter sports as the president of the Four Hills Tournament.
In addition, the Partenkirchen native was also a Ski Jumping official, he was a technical delegate at numerous events and he worked at various World Championships as a judge and as head of the video distance measuring. As a member of the FIS Ski Jumping Committee and chairman of the Sub-Committee for judges, he influenced the development of the sport of Ski Jumping. The implementation of the video distance measuring in 1991 was one of the most important innovations that Ostler was a part of. Ostler was also a strong advocate of the wind rule.