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Erika Hess (born 6 March 1962) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Switzerland. One of the best female racers of the 1980s, Hess had 31 World Cup wins (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, and took bronze in the slalom at the 1980 Winter Olympics at age 17. Hess missed another medal in 1985, when she led after the first run of the slalom at the "Stelvio" course at Bormio, but failed to finish the second leg.
|Born||6 March 1962|
Born in Wolfenschiessen, Nidwalden, Hess' first World Cup start was at age fifteen 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.
Hess 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). She tied for the slalom title in 1986, but was runner-up to Roswitha Steiner due to the tiebreaker: Steiner had four slalom wins and Hess had two.
Her cousin Monika Hess (b. 1964) also was a ski racer.
Hess married Jacques Raymond (her trainer); the couple and three sons are living at Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz in Vaud. Henceforward, Erika is organizing races and training camps for upcoming ski racers.
World Cup resultsEdit
|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||Giant slalom|
|1982||13 December 1981||Piancavallo, Italy||Slalom|
|21 December 1981||St. Gervais, France||Slalom|
|3 January 1982||Maribor, Yugoslavia||Slalom|
|20 January 1982||Bad Gastein, Austria||Slalom|
|1982 World Championships|
|20 March 1982||L'Alpe d'Huez, France||Giant slalom|
|21 March 1982||Slalom|
|1983||8 December 1982||Val-d'Isère, France||Giant slalom|
|17 December 1982||Piancavallo, Italy||Slalom|
|9 February 1983||Maribor, Yugoslavia||Slalom|
|1984||1 December 1983||Kranjska Gora, Yugoslavia||Slalom|
|11 December 1983||Val-d'Isère, France||Giant slalom|
|14 December 1983||Sestriere, Italy||Combined|
|15 January 1984||Maribor, Yugoslavia||Slalom|
|22 January 1984||Verbier, Switzerland||Combined|
|29 January 1984||St. Gervais, France||Giant slalom|
|17 March 1984||Jasná, Czechoslovakia||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, UT, USA||Slalom|
|1987||5 December 1986||Waterville Valley, NH, USA||Slalom|
|21 December 1986||Val Zoldana, Italy||Slalom|
|1987 World Championships|
World Championship resultsEdit
From 1948 through 1980, the Winter Olympics were also the World Championships for alpine skiing.
At the World Championships from 1954 through 1980, the combined was a "paper race" using the results of the three events (DH, GS, SL).
|1980||17||3||DNF2||not run||—||not run|
- Ski-db.com – results – Erika Hess – accessed 2010-03-13
- Erika Hess at the International Ski Federation
- Erika Hess World Cup standings at the International Ski Federation
- Erika Hess at Ski-DB Alpine Ski Database
- Erika Hess at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
| Swiss Sportswoman of the Year
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