Wearing these shoes, Alex Schwazer won gold in the 50 km walk at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was banned for doping just before the London Olympic Games in 2012.
Originally from the Vorarlberg in Austria, he has since 1980 been a Catholic bishop in Brazil. He supports the indigenous peoples and has thus been repeatedly threatened. He was carrying this rosary in 1987 when he was the target of an assassination attempt which, severely injured, he survived.
The ski on which he had his spectacular fall at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, was til 2017 in the exhibition Heroes & Us. The images of the crash in the downhill event were broadcast round the world and turned Maier into a legend.
Shocked by the violence suffered by women during the war in Bosnia, gynaecologist Monika Hauser in 1993 founded the medica zenica aid centre, secretly financed with money she repeatedly brought into the war zone hidden in this jacket.
Renowned mountain guide Hanspeter Eisendle lost his balance while putting on this crampon on Mont Blanc in 2013 and slid 200 metres down an icy slope. His descent was stopped by a deep hollow in the snow – just short of a 700-metre drop.
Austria’s Marc Girardelli was five times winner of the overall title in the Men’s Alpine Skiing World Cup, an achievement that remains unbeaten. The trophy at the 1990/91World Cup was til 2016 in the exhibition Heroes and Us.
In 2014 the 39-year-old commandant of the volunteer fire brigade at Atzwang (South Tyrol), lost his life while on duty during a severe storm. One year on, his widow provided the MuseumPasseier with his firefighter’s cap as a loan.