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Hanni Wenzel : biography

December 14, 1956 -

Hannelore (Hanni) Wenzel (born December 14, 1956) is a former champion alpine ski racer from Liechtenstein. She won the country's first Olympic medal at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

Born in West Germany, Hanni moved to Liechtenstein at an early age. After she and her younger brother Andreas began to get successful in skiing - Hanni won the gold medal in slalom at the 1974 World Championships - the family was granted Liechtenstein citizenship. In 1976, she won the country's first Olympic medal by taking a bronze in the giant slalom at Innsbruck.

After winning the 1978 World Cup overall title, Wenzel's best year came in 1980. At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, she won gold medals in the slalom and giant slalom, and just missed out on a sweep by taking the silver in the downhill. She also won the combined event in Lake Placid, although it had World Championship status, not Olympic status. At the same Olympics, her brother also won a silver medal, placing Liechtenstein high in the medal ranking of the games. In addition to her Olympic success, she won nine World Cup races in 1980 and captured the overall, giant slalom, and combined season titles. Her brother Andreas won the overall men's title.

Hanni Wenzel retired following the 1984 season with two Olympic titles, four World titles, two overall World Cups, three discipline World Cups plus three combined titles, and 33 World Cup victories. (Through 1980, the Olympics were also the World Championships.)

World cup results

Season standings

Season Age Overall Slalom GiantSlalom Super G Downhill Combined
1972 15 40 27 notrun notawarded
1973 16 5 6 3 18
1974 17 3 4 1 16
1975 18 2 2 5 12
1976 19 9 9 13 16 6
1977 20 5 5 8 11 notawarded
1978 21 1 1 2 15
1979 22 2 5 2 10
1980 23 1 2 1 3 1
1981 24 3 6 3 9 2
1982 25 19 9 14
1983 26 2 4 5 notawarded 1
1984 27 2 7 5 3 4

Season titles

7 titles - (2 overall, 2 giant slalom, 1 slalom, 2 combined)

Season Discipline
1974 Giant Slalom
1978 Overall
Slalom
1980 Overall
Giant Slalom
Combined
1983 Combined

Individual races

  • 33 wins
  • 89 podiums
Season Date Location Discipline
1974 19 Dec 1973 AUT}} Zell am See, Austria Giant Slalom
1975 21 Feb 1975 JPN}} Naeba, Japan Slalom
14 Mar 1975 USA}} Sun Valley, USA Slalom
1977 19 Jan 1977 AUT}} Schruns, Austria Combined
1978 15 Dec 1977 ITA}} Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Giant Slalom
10 Jan 1978 SUI}} Les Mosses, Switzerland Giant Slalom
22 Jan 1978 SLO}} Maribor, Slovenia Slalom
24 Jan 1978 Berchtesgaden, West Germany Slalom
25 Jan 1978 Slalom
2 Mar 1978 USA}} Stratton Mountain, USA Giant Slalom
1979 12 Dec 1978 ITA}} Piancavallo, Italy Giant Slalom
3 Feb 1979 Pfronten, West Germany Slalom
4 Feb 1979 Combined
8 Feb 1979 SLO}} Maribor, Slovenia Slalom
1980 8 Dec 1979 Limone Piemonte, Italy Giant Slalom
14 Dec 1979 Combined
10 Jan 1980 FRG}} Berchtesgaden, West Germany Giant Slalom
16 Jan 1980 SUI}} Arosa, Switzerland Giant Slalom
21 Jan 1980 Bad Gastein, Austria Slalom
Combined
23 Jan 1980 SLO}} Maribor, Slovenia Slalom
26 Jan 1980 FRA}} Saint-Gervais, France Giant Slalom
1980 Winter Olympics
25 Feb 1980 USA}} Waterville Valley, USA Giant Slalom
1981 27 Jan 1981 FRA}} Les Gets, France Combined
8 Feb 1981 FRG}} Zwiesel, West Germany Combined
1982 12 Dec 1981 ITA}} Piancavallo, Italy Combined
18 Mar 1982 JPN}} Furano, Japan Giant Slalom
1983 30 Jan 1983 SUI}} Les Diablerets, Switzerland Combined
1984 21 Dec 1983 Haus im Ennstal, Austria Downhill
22 Dec 1983 Giant Slalom
14 Jan 1984 Bad Gastein, Austria Downhill
15 Jan 1984 Combined
20 Mar 1984 FRG}} Zwiesel, West Germany Slalom

Post-racing

Later, she married Austrian ski racer (and World Champion) Harti Weirather and started a marketing agency with him. Their daughter Tina Weirather is a World Junior Champion and currently competes in the World Cup but withdrew from the 2010 Olympics due to an injury. She finished second in the World Cup downhill standings for the 2012 season.

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