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Hanni Wenzel

Hanni Wenzel Alpine skier

Alpine skier
Hanni Wenzel
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Quick Facts

Intro Alpine skier
A.K.A. Hannelore (Hanni) Wenzel
Is Skier Athlete Alpine skier
From Liechtenstein
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 14 December 1956, Straubing, Germany
Age: 63 years
Star sign SagittariusSagittarius
Family
Siblings: Andreas WenzelPetra Wenzel
Spouse: Harti Weirather
Children: Tina Weirather
Stats
Height: 165 cm
Weight: 57 kg
The details

Biography

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

Born in West Germany at Straubing, Bavaria, Wenzel moved to Liechtenstein at an early age. After she and her younger brother Andreas had success in ski racing – Hanni won the gold medal in slalom and silver in the combined at the 1974 World Championships – the family was granted Liechtenstein citizenship. Winning the slalom title on 8 February 1974, she did become the youngest female Alpine Skiing World Champion in the Slalom discipline (17 years, 1 month, 25 days) - ousting Esme Mackinnon who was the first female Alpine Skiing Champion in 1931; the British racer was 17 years, 2 month and 17 days young when she was victorious in the slalom race on 19 February 1931. At the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, she won the country's first Olympic medal, a bronze in the slalom at Axamer Lizum, and also picked up another world championship medal in the combined.

After winning the World Cup overall title in 1978, 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 at Whiteface Mountain. She also easily won the world championship gold medal in the combined event, its final edition as a "paper race" and her fourth world championship medal in that event. 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, and brother Andreas won the men's overall for a Wenzel family sweep of the overall titles. Her daughter Tina Weirather won a bronze medal in Super-G for Liechtenstein at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

Wenzel was banned from the 1984 Winter Olympics by the International Ski Federation (FIS) for accepting promotional payments directly, rather than through the national ski federation. Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden was also banned; both were double gold medalists in 1980.

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.)

Through the 2018 Winter Olympics, Liechtenstein has won a total of ten medals at the Winter Olympics, with eight won by two sets of siblings – the Wenzels earned six, while brothers Willi and Paul Frommelt are responsible for two more.

World cup results

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

Season standings

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1972 15 40 27
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
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 1
1984 27 2 7 5 3 4

Race victories

  • 33 wins – (11 SL, 12 GS, 2 DH, 8 K)
  • 89 podiums
Season Date Location Discipline
1974 19 Dec 1973 Zell am See, Austria Giant Slalom
1975 21 Feb 1975 Naeba, Japan Slalom
14 Mar 1975 Sun Valley, USA Slalom
1977 19 Jan 1977 Schruns, Austria Combined
1978 15 Dec 1977 Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Giant Slalom
10 Jan 1978    Les Mosses, Switzerland Giant Slalom
22 Jan 1978 Maribor, Yugoslavia Slalom
24 Jan 1978 Berchtesgaden, West Germany Slalom
25 Jan 1978 Slalom
2 Mar 1978 Stratton Mountain, USA Giant Slalom
1979 12 Dec 1978 Piancavallo, Italy Giant Slalom
3 Feb 1979 Pfronten, West Germany Slalom
4 Feb 1979 Combined
8 Feb 1979 Maribor, Yugoslavia Slalom
1980 8 Dec 1979 Limone Piemonte, Italy Giant Slalom
14 Dec 1979 Combined
10 Jan 1980 Berchtesgaden, West Germany Giant Slalom
16 Jan 1980    Arosa, Switzerland Giant Slalom
21 Jan 1980 Bad Gastein, Austria Slalom
Combined
23 Jan 1980 Maribor, Yugoslavia Slalom
26 Jan 1980 Saint-Gervais, France Giant Slalom
25 Feb 1980 Waterville Valley, USA Giant Slalom
1981 27 Jan 1981 Les Gets, France Combined
8 Feb 1981 Zwiesel, West Germany Combined
1982 12 Dec 1981 Piancavallo, Italy Combined
18 Mar 1982 Furano, Japan Giant Slalom
1983 30 Jan 1983    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 Zwiesel, West Germany Slalom

World Championship results

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
1974 17 1 7 13 2
1976 19 3 20 11 3
1978 21 6 5 29 2
1980 23 1 1 2 1
1982 25 DNF DNF

Olympic results

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
1976 19 3 20 11
1980 23 1 1 2
1984 27

Family

Wenzel is a sister of World Cup ski racers Petra Wenzel and Andreas Wenzel, and the wife of Austrian ski racer Harti Weirather, the world champion in downhill in 1982. Wenzel and Weirather run their own sports marketing agency, and their daughter Tina Weirather is also a World Cup ski racer.

Honours

  • Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein (06/09/2017).
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 08 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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