Helmuth Schmalzl retires

Thank you Helmuth!

The Finals in Meribel marked the end of an era for the FIS men’s Alpine World Cup staff as Race Director for the World Cup’s Men’s Speed Events Helmuth Schmazl, 64, officially retired.

Schmazl was a steady, but quiet, presence with FIS on the World Cup circuit for nearly two decades. After his lengthy and successful career as an athlete, coach and Organiser, he was appointed by FIS as Assistant Race Director in 1998. In this role, he was mainly responsible for the preparation, course setting of downhill races and safety for the World Cup, Olympic Winter Games and World Championships speed events.

Schmazl, who announced his plans to retire already last season said, “Regardless of how easy or difficult it was to organise and hold a race, each one of the World Cups has been a highlight for me.”

Schmazl is a former World Cup and Olympic skier, who placed sixth in the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo (JPN) in the slalom. He had his best career finish in 1973 when he finished in second place in the giant slalom in Val d’Isere (FRA).

Schmazl retired from professional skiing in 1975 and then worked as the Winter Sports Director at Piancavallo Resort near Aviano. In 1988, he was named Head Coach of the Italian National Team and during this time also gained experience as the Chief of Security for the Saslong races in Groeden (ITA), which lead to his position with FIS.

The FIS family wishes Schmalzl all the best in his retirement and hopes to continue to see him on the slopes in the future. (FIS)