Alexandra Meissnitzer

Alexandra Meissnitzer (* 18. June 1973 in Abtenau, Salzburg) is a Austrian Skirennläuferin. So far it became once Gesamtweltcupsiegerin as well as twice Siegerin of a Disziplinenweltcups. At olympic plays and world championships it won five medals. By occupation Meissnitzer is official of executive of the federal police. Their ski club is the USV Abtenau.

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junior time

after conclusion of the hauptschule completed Meissnitzer (mentioned „Meisi “) the ski professional school in Schladming and began thereafter training as a police woman. Dies ermöglichte es ihr, viel Zeit für das Training aufzuwenden. 1989 became it double Austrian Jugendmeisterin, 1990 and 1991 were it even three youth master titles. Good achievements in the Europacup and with the junior world championship 1991 in Geilo and Hemsedal (4. ) They entitled place in the super g to the participation in the Skiweltcup. Their first Weltcuprennen was to 7. December 1991 of the super g in Santa Caterina, which it terminated at place 28.

In the season 1991/92 it became with the junior WM in Maribor second in the departure and third in the super g, in addition it won the superG-value of the Europacups. To 12. December 1992 fell it in the departure of Vail heavily. The light injuries healed rapidly, but Meissnitzer had to fight in the consequence with mental problems, could hardly ever a good result obtain and applied to many already as „an eternal talent “.

it received highs

and lows after good achievements in the Europacup at the beginning of the season 1994/95 again the starting authorization for the Worldcup. The break-through to the world point succeeded to it finally one year later. To 7. December 1995 won it the super g von Val d'Isère. The ski WM 1996 ago it was considered as Mitfavoritin, achieved however because of a Knöchelverletzung only rear places.

In the following season 1996/97 it fell again into a clear achievement low and obtained rather moderate results. The new coach Karl Frehsner led back Meissnitzer and the Austrian woman national team, which had remained far in that season behind expectations of the public and the ÖSV, to success.

In the season 1997/98 Meissnitzer obtained six landing places and in last running of the winter their first victory in a Weltcup Riesenslalom. With the olympic winter plays 1998 in Nagano it won silver in the Riesenslalom and bronze in the super g, in which departure became it respects. These achievements led in the consequence to the choice as a Austrian Sportlerin of the yearly 1998.

dream season

after the change to another ski mark (Völkl) felt additionally motivated it at the beginning of the season 1998/99. This season proved as the most successful to its entire career. At the ski WM 1999, which took place in Vail and Beaver Creek, it won twice the gold medal, both in the super g and in the Riesenslalom. In the departure it became fourth and gave those to bronze medal around only ten hundredths of a second.

In run the winter won it eight Weltcuprennen. It did not only decide the Gesamtweltcupwertung with a large projection/lead for itself, but was seen also in the super g and in the Riesenslalom on the entire season the most successful athlete. In addition the second place came in the departure Worldcup. Again Meissnitzer was selected to the Austrian Sportlerin of the yearly.

This success series attributed it to the ski-technical work with her coach Karl Frehsner, to their close friendship with the American Skirennläuferin Picabo Street and to Qigong - Meditationsübungen. Before it was considered as nerve bundle, under pressure had sat down often unnecessarily and could not for these reasons their quite existing potential always exhaust. According to own statements it was „lunatically complicated, but actually shy “ <ref name= " sport magazine ">Sport magazine, expenditure 1/1999< /ref>. Within a yearly Meissnitzer matured however to the undisputed Teamleaderin („I feel at present so strong that the others can develop themselves " news " <at me “ref name=>News, expenditure 46/1998< /ref>).

setback and comeback

in the Canadian Lake Louise, in training for the first departure of the season 1999/2000, suffered Meissnitzer after a heavy fall a tear of the meniscus at the left knee. The season had to terminate it prematurely. During this obligation break it locked its training as a police woman. With summer training in Chile the meniscus tore however again. Although the following therapy ran relatively well, the sieved place appeared with the super g von Val d'Isère in December 2000 almost as the smaller sensation. At the ski WM 2001 in pc. Anton at the Arlberg nevertheless reached it in the Riesenslalom the respected place.

The season ago 2001/02 Meissnitzer could not train likewise long time because of wrongly selected therapy methods fully. Several placements under the best ten tuned it quite confidently regarding the olympic winter plays 2002. There however it missed the medals in the super g and in the Riesenslalom scarcely and became in each case fourth.

In the season it did not establish 2002/03 with five landing places the world point, to a victory handed oneself it however. At the ski WM 2003 in pc. Moritz won it in the departure the silver medal, from the surprising Kanadierin Mélanie Turgeon only by eleven hundredths of a second struck. In the super g it became fifth, while it separated in the first run of the Riesenslaloms.

In January 2004 it won the super g von Megève after nearly five years Weltcuprennen . The remainder of the season 2003/04 ran with a only one further landing place rather unspektakulär. This statement applies also to the following season 2004/05: After the victory in the super g von Altenmarkt in December followed numerous less good results like e.g. the 22. Place in the Riesenslalom at the ski WM 2005 in Santa Caterina.

Already 32jährig, experienced it such a thing in the season 2005/06 like one „second spring “. With a victory and four further landing places it interspersed against importantly younger competitor inside and qualified themselves for the olympic winter plays 2006. There it won its altogether fifth medal, bronze in its favourite discipline super g.


olympic plays

world championships

junior world championships

  • 1990: 13. Departure, 14. Riesenslalom
  • 1991: 4. Super g, 7. Riesenslalom, 16. Departure
  • 1992: 2. Departure, 3. Super g, 7. Riesenslalom


  • 1. Place Gesamtweltcup 1998/99
  • 1. Place super G Worldcup 1998/99
  • 1. Place Riesenslalom Worldcup 1998/99
  • 2. Place departure Worldcup 1998/99
  • 2. Place super G Worldcup 1995/96, 2001/02 and 2005/06
  • 3. Place Riesenslalom Worldcup 1997/98

altogether won Alexandra Meissnitzer 14 Weltcuprennen:

Date place country discipline
7. December 1995 Val d'Isère France super g
20. December 1995 Veysonnaz Switzerland super g
15. March 1998 Crans Montana Switzerland Riesenslalom
19. November 1998 park town center the USA Riesenslalom
29. November 1998 Lake Louise Canada super g
10. December 1998 Val d'Isère France super g
11. December 1998 Val d'Isère France Riesenslalom
19. December 1998 Veysonnaz Switzerland departure
24. January 1999 Cortina d'Ampezzo Italy Riesenslalom
22. February 1998 Åre Sweden Riesenslalom
10. March 1999 Sierra Nevada Spain departure
4. January 2004 Megève France super g
11. December 2004 old person market Austria super g
4. December 2005 Lake Louise Canada super g

beside it reached it 29 times a landing place (6 times in the departure, 10 times in the super g, 11 time in the Riesenslalom, 2 times in the Parallelslalom) and 84 further placements in the best ten (27 times in the departure, 34 times in the super g, 21 times in the Riesenslalom, 2 times in the combination).


  • Austrian Sportlerin of the yearly: 1998 and 1999
  • Austrian Landesmeisterin: Super g 1998 and 2002, Riesenslalom 1999 and 2004



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