• Germany's news in English

Riesch takes second gold after sister crashes out

DPA/The Local · 27 Feb 2010, 10:25

Published: 27 Feb 2010 10:25 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

As the 25-year-old took the podium, her younger sister Susanne, 22, was in the crowd to support her, despite enormous disappointment at having failed to get through to the final herself.

Although Maria talked of, “the biggest day of my life,” she also had sympathy as well as tears for her sister. “For her it was probably one of the most bitter moments of her career,” she said.

“No matter how much I was happy, I was also suffering for her. The world finishes when you don’t make it.”

The sisters have both been very successful, taking places on the podium at two world cups. Hopes that they would share metalwork at the Olympics were dashed with Susanne’s failure.

Maria said, “The really big dream would have been to stand on the podium with her, but sadly we had to say goodbye to that.”

Story continues below…

The training staff were also torn between joy for Maria and sympathy for Susanne. Wolfgang Maier, director of the alpinists said, “That it contrasted so starkly, that has a certain drama. With one it went so smoothly, and for the other one realises, it is only limping along. That hits one of course.”

Maria Riesch is the third double Olympic Alpine gold medallist from Germany, following Rosi Mittermaier in 1976 and Katja Seizinger in 1998.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

00:48 February 28, 2010 by madgerman1
Very gut! We are all proud of both of you!
21:44 February 28, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I was cheering for her, her sister Susanne and Lindsy Vonn. There are very close to each other. And therefore it would have been really cool if they had stood on the podium together with a metal each.
Today's headlines
Dad who auctioned baby on eBay restricted from seeing child
Photo: DPA.

A German court ruled on Thursday that a man who put his one-month-old baby up for sale on the online auction platform eBay should only be allowed contact with the child under supervision.

Portugal's ruling party calls German minister 'pyromaniac'
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Photo: DPA.

The head of Portugal's ruling Socialists called German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble a "pyromaniac" on Thursday after he criticized Lisbon for reversing course on austerity.

These are Germany's top ten universities
The new library of Freiburg University. Photo: Jörgens.mi / Wikimedia Commons

These are the best universities in all of Germany - at least according to one ranking.

Introducing Swabians - 'the Scots of Germany'
Photo: DPA

These Southern Germans have quite a reputation in the rest of the country.

Woman sues dentist over job rejection for headscarf
Photo: DPA

A dentist in Stuttgart is being taken to court by a woman whom he rejected for a job as his assistant on the basis that she wears a Muslim headscarf.

Isis suspect charged with scouting Berlin attack sites
Photo: DPA

German federal prosecutors said Thursday they had brought charges against a 19-year-old Syrian man accused of having scouted targets in Berlin for a potential attack by the Isis terror group.

Berlin Holocaust memorial could not be built now: creator
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

The architect of the Berlin Holocaust memorial has said that, if he tried to build the monument again today, it would not be possible due to rising xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Germany and the United States.

'Liberal' Germany stopping Europe's 'slide into barbarism'
Ian Kershaw. Photo: DPA

Europe is not slipping into the same dark tunnel of hate and nationalism that it did in the 1930s - mainly thanks to Germany - one of the continent's leading historians has said.

Eurowings strike to hit 40,000 passengers
Travelers impacted by the strike on Thursday wait at Cologne Bonn airport. Photo: DPA.

The day-long strike by a Eurowings cabin crew union is expected to impact some 40,000 passengers on Thursday as hundreds of flights have been cancelled.

Deutsche Bank reports surprise quarter billion profit
Photo: DPA

Troubled German lender Deutsche Bank reported Thursday a surprise €256-million profit in the third quarter, compared with a loss of more than six billion in the same period last year.

10 German clichés that foreigners get very wrong
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd