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Erika Hess

Erika Hess

Swiss alpine ski racer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Swiss alpine ski racer
A.K.A. Erika Reymond-Hess, Erika Reymond
Countries Switzerland
Occupations Alpine skier
Gender female
Birth 6 March 1962 (Wolfenschiessen)
Star sign Pisces
The details
Biography

Erika Hess (born 6 March 1962) is a former alpine ski racer from Switzerland. She is one of the best female skiers ever, dominating the field in the 1980s with 31 World Cup victories (22 in slalom), four slalom titles (1981–83 and 1985), and two overall titles (1982, 1984). She also won six World Championship gold medals between 1982 and 1987, as well as bronze medal in the slalom at the 1980 Winter Olympics at age 17. She missed another medal on February 9, 1985, when she was in the lead after the first leg of the Slalom Race at the "Stelvio" course at Bormio but failed to finish the second leg.

Hess was born in Wolfenschiessen. Her first World Cup start was at the age of 15 in Berchtesgaden, West Germany, on January 25, 1978, and her first podium was on December 6, 1979, at Val-d'Isère, France. She retired at age 25 following the 1987 season with 31 World Cup victories, 76 podiums, and 146 top tens in 165 starts. She won six World Cup Slalom Races in a row from January to the season finish in March 1981.

She was awarded with the »Skieur d’Or« (»The ski racer in gold«, later named "Serge Lang Trophy" - named after Serge Lang - an award given by "The Association Internationale des Journalistes de Ski", an international Consortium of journalists competent for ski sports) on November 22, 1982 (5 points ahead to Phil Mahre). Several statistics say that she did win the title in the Slalom World Cup 1985-86, but she is placed 2nd. She, and Roswitha Steiner did gain 110 points, but her Austrian opponent did win 4 slalom races in that season (Erika only 2), therefore the higher number of wins was decisive.

Her cousin Monika Hess (she is two years younger than Erika, born May 24, 1964) also was a ski-racer. Erika is married to Jacques Raymond (her trainer), the couple and three sons are living at Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz. Henceforward, Erika is organizing races and training camps for upcoming ski racers.

World Cup victories

Season titles

Season Discipline
1981 Slalom
1982 Overall
Slalom
1983 Slalom
1984 Overall
Giant Slalom
Combined
1985 Slalom

Individual victories

Season Date Location Race
1981 13 January 1981 Schruns, Austria Slalom
21 January 1981 Crans-Montana, Switzerland Slalom
31 January 1981 Les Diablerets, Switzerland Slalom
3 February 1981 Zwiesel, West Germany Slalom
15 March 1981 Furano, Japan Slalom
24 March 1981 Wangs–Pizol, Switzerland Slalom
25 March 1981 Wangs-Pizol, Switzerland Giant Slalom
1982 13 December 1981 Piancavallo, Italy Slalom
21 December 1981 St. Gervais, France Slalom
3 January 1982 Maribor, Slovenia Slalom
20 January 1982 Bad Gastein, Austria Slalom
20 January 1982 Bad Gastein, Austria Combined
1982 World Championships
21 March 1982 L'Alpe d'Huez, France Giant Slalom
21 March 1982 L'Alpe d'Huez, France Slalom
1983 8 December 1982 Val-d'Isère, France Giant slalom
17 December 1982 Piancavallo, Italy Slalom
9 February 1983 Maribor, Slovenia Slalom
1984 1 December 1983 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Slalom
11 December 1983 Val-d'Isère, France Giant Slalom
14 December 1983 Sestriere, Italy Combined
15 January 1984 Maribor, Slovenia Slalom
22 January 1984 Verbier, Switzerland Combined
29 January 1984 St. Gervais, France Giant Slalom
17 March 1984 Jasná, Slovakia Giant Slalom
1985 19 March 1985 Park City, UT, USA Slalom
1985 World Championships
22 March 1985 Heavenly Valley, CA, USA Slalom
1986 12 December 1985 Sestriere, Italy Combined
15 December 1985 Savognin, Switzerland Slalom
11 March 1986 Park City, Utah, USA Slalom
1987 5 December 1986 Waterville Valley, NH, USA Slalom
21 December 1986 Val Zoldana, Italy Slalom
1987 World Championships
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References
http://www.ski-db.com/db/profiles/erika_hess_sui_whsser.asp
https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/general/athlete-biography.html?sectorcode=AL&competitorid=24616
https://www.ski-db.com/db/profiles/erika_hess_sui_whsser.php
https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/he/erika-hess-1.html
https://d-nb.info/gnd/118550314
http://isni.org/isni/0000000078575649
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n83204524
https://viaf.org/viaf/22933153
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/22933153
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