Swiss Hans-Heini Gasser-Sutter died on July 29 at the age of 90. The man that every Ski Jumping insider knew, was significantly involved in developing the sport of Ski Jumping over the past 50 years.
Gasser was a visionary, who will be fondly remembered for his vast amount of knowledge and his passion for Ski Jumping.
Dr. sc. techn. in theoretical physics, civil engineer ETH
From 1973 to 1986 senior civil servant in the canton Obwalden
Inventor of special supporting structures for large roofs. Large indoor tennis and sports venues were built under his supervision in Switzerland and abroad, and he was also in charge of the construction of various tunnels.
President of the committee for norms in the Swiss club of engineers and architects.
From 1964 to 1980 head of hill construction for Swisski.
From 1973 to 2020 member of the FIS sub-committee for hill construction.
Within this committee, he was in charge of the “mathematical issues”, including the calculation of flight curves, development of norms for hill construction, and development of software for hill constructors worldwide.
An important task of Gasser was also the calculation of the factors for the “wind and gate compensation”, which he led.
Gasser was widely known in the entire Ski Jumping community and was greatly appreciated by his colleagues.
Until 1997, Gasser was a Ski Jumping TD at many World Cups, Ski Flying events, and World Championships.
“Heinz Heini Gasser was one of the geniuses in the history of Ski Jumping. His sense for numbers and calculations offered many of our organizers and athletes the possibility to develop safer and more modern hills. We thank him for his outstanding and professional work, but also for the human factor he created for our community”, said FIS Race Director Sandro Pertile.