Roswitha Stadlober, centre, will lead the Austrian Ski Federation as President along with financial officer Patrick Ortlie, left, and general secretary Christian Scherer, right ©ÖSV

Roswitha Stadlober has been named as the President of the Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV) following Karl Schmidhofer’s shock exit.

Schmidhofer decided to step down due to personal reasons two weeks ago after fewer than 100 days in the role.

Stadlober replaced Schmidhofer on an interim basis before being endorsed for the full-time Presidency of the organisation at a Presidential Conference in Salzburg yesterday.

It was also confirmed that Stadlober will be supported by financial director Patrick Ortlieb and general secretary Christian Scherer.

The meeting aimed to set the course for the future of the ÖSV prior to tomorrow’s Extraordinary Congress which will see Stadlober officially elected along with the rest of the Presidium.

Stadlober, who was senior vice-president of the ÖSV, becomes the first woman to hold the top position with her term in office due to expire in 2024.

Her appointment comes just over a week before the new International Ski Federation Alpine Ski World Cup season and four months prior to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, scheduled to be held from February 4 to 20.

"In order to meet the extensive challenges of the future, the most successful sports association in Austria relies on a management team," a statement from ÖSV read.

"As President, Roswitha Stadlober will preside over the ÖSV and speak for it.

"At her side, Patrick Ortlieb will take over the management of all corporations, together with secretary general Christian Scherer, as financial advisor.

"Ortlieb is thus responsible for the association's economic interests. 

"GS Scherer will continue to lead the operational area.

"As the next step, an extraordinary country conference will be convened for October 15, 2021 with the election of the Presidium."

Karl Schmidhofer, left, replaced Peter Schröcksnadel, right, as ÖSV President only to resign fewer than 100 days later ©Getty Images
Karl Schmidhofer, left, replaced Peter Schröcksnadel, right, as ÖSV President only to resign fewer than 100 days later ©Getty Images

Schmidhofer was unanimously elected as ÖSV President for a four-year term in June, after Peter Schröcksnadel ended his 31-year reign.

But the 59-year-old resigned in order to focus on his family after revealing that his 35-year-old son had suffered a stroke.

"My son was unexpectedly torn from his previous life by a stroke," said Schmidhofer, as reported by SkiRacing.

"As a father, you are concerned about how this will develop and how you can support it.

"I could never have imagined resigning, but my family help is needed"

No country has won more Alpine skiing medals than Austria in the Winter Olympics, having racked up 121 - 37 golds, 41 silvers and 43 bronzes.

At Pyeongchang 2018, Austria won seven medals on the ski slopes with Marcel Hirscher winning golds in the giant slalom and combined and Matthias Mayer triumphing in the super-G.