Hannelore Wenzel or Hanni Wenzel (born in Straubing, Germany on December 14, 1956) is a former alpine ski racer from Liechtenstein. She won the country's first Olympic medal at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. Born in Germany, Hanni moved to Liechtenstein at an early age. After she and her 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.
Jan Ingemar Stenmark is a Swedish former skier, active during the 1970s and 1980s. He is regarded as one of the most prominent Swedish sportsmen, and as the greatest slalom and giant slalom specialist of all time. He competed for Fjällvinden Tärnaby. Stenmark was born in the province of Lappland. His family moved to Tärnaby when he was four years old, where he became neighbours with Stig Strand, who would later win the World Cup Slalom title.
Ken Read, CM (born November 6, 1955) is a retired Canadian Olympic alpine ski racer, sport advocate and international sports leader. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Read was raised in Vancouver, Kingston and Calgary and began skiing at age 3 and competing at age 8. He is an alumnus of the Ottawa Ski Club and Lake Louise Ski Club. Ken Read was a member of the Canadian Ski Team, known colloquially as the "Crazy Canucks", from 1974 to 1983, and competed in two Winter Olympics.
Annemarie Moser-Pröll is a former champion alpine ski racer. She was the most successful female World Cup racer during the 1970s. She celebrated her biggest successes in Downhill, Giant Slalom and Combined races. In 1980, her last year as a competitor, she secured her third Olympic medal and won 5 World Cup races. During her career, she won the overall World Cup title six times, including five consecutive (1971-75).
Laurie Graham, CM (born March 30, 1960 in Orangeville, Ontario) is a Canadian downhill skier who represented Canada at the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics. She won six World Cup victories and three National Downhill titles in her eleven years on the National Ski Team. She was the first North American woman to win a World Cup Super Giant Slalom skiing. She was the first North American to win on home soil at Mont Tremblant, Quebec.
Marie-Theres Nadig (born 8 March 1954 in Flums) is a former Swiss alpine skier. 17-years old, she won Gold in Downhill and Giant Slalom at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo. Nadig won 24 World Cup races and became overall World Cup winner in 1981. At the 1980 Winter Olympics, she was 3rd in Downhill.
Philip Mahre (born May 10, 1957) is a retired alpine ski racer, widely regarded as one of the greatest American skiers of all time. His total of 27 World Cup race wins is third among American skiers, behind only Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn. Phil and his twin brother Steve (four minutes younger) were both world class ski racers, competing on the World Cup circuit from 1976-84.
Steven Mahre is an American former Alpine skier and twin brother of skier Phil Mahre (Steve is younger by 4 minutes). Steve Mahre won the silver medal in slalom at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, finishing 21 hundredths of a second behind his more celebrated brother. He won the gold medal in Giant Slalom at the 1982 World Championships in Schladming, Austria.
Christin Cooper (born October 10, 1959) is a former alpine ski racer from Ketchum, Idaho. As a member of the U.S. Ski Team, she raced on the World Cup circuit from 1976-84, making her debut in late 1976 at age 17. Cooper's best season in international competition was in 1982, when she won three medals (two silvers and a bronze) at the World Championships at Haus im Ennstal, Austria. She also had four World Cup victories and finished in third place in the overall World Cup standings.
Urs Räber (born 28 November 1958) is a former Swiss alpine skier. He won the 1984 World Cup in Downhill skiing. He also competed in two Olympic Downhill events. Firstly at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, where he finished 18th in the Olympic downhill, and then in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo where he finished fifth in the Olympic downhill . He now owns the Hotel Schönbuhl in Wilderswil near Interlaken in the Swiss canton of Berne.
Dave Irwin is a former alpine ski racer, a two-time Olympian and Alpine Skiing World Cup champion. He was one of the "Crazy Canucks", a group of Canadian downhill racers who rose to prominence on the World Cup circuit in the late 1970s. He currently lives in Canmore, Alberta, near the Rocky Mountains.
Leonhard Stock (born March 14, 1958 in Finkenberg) is an Austrian former skier who won a gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. In Lake Placid, Stock started very low on the starting list - in heavy snow and on a track that was worn down. All the favorites were down the hill, the medals were almost handed out. The commentaters at the time was in fact already speaking about the future events.
Arturo Kinch (born 15 April 1956) is a customer service representative for United Airlines who has won fame for his inspiring performances as Costa Rica's only skier in Winter Olympic Games history, most recently as a 49-year-old cross-country skier in the 2006 XX Olympic Winter Games. Born the seventh child in a family that would grow to a total of thirteen and the son of missionary parents in Costa Rica, Kinch enrolled at Rockmont College in 1974 on a soccer scholarship.
Andreas Wenzel (born 18 March 1958 in Planken) is a former Alpine skier from Liechtenstein. Together with his sister Hanni he was active in the World Cup in the end of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s. He won two olympic medals and two World Championships medals, including one gold.
Perrine Pelen (born July 3, 1960) is a former alpine ski racer from France. She made her World Cup debut at age 16 in December 1976 and won three slalom races that 1977 season. She spent ten seasons on the World Cup circuit, and retired from competition following the 1986 season.
Francisco "Paquito" Fernández Ochoa (February 25, 1950 – November 6, 2006) was an alpine ski racer from Spain. Born in Madrid, he specialized in the slalom. At the age of 21 he won an Olympic gold medal in the slalom at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. He was known for being the first (& only) Spaniard ever to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
Christa Kinshofer-Güthlein (born 24 January 1961 in Rosenheim) is a retired German alpine skier who competed for West Germany. She won a silver medal in the slalom event at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Eight years later at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary Kinshofer won two more silver medals in the giant slalom and bronze in the slalom.