Erika Hess

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 (198183 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.

Erika Hess
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February 1987
Personal information
Born (1962-03-06) 6 March 1962 (age 58)
Wolfenschiessen,
Nidwalden, Switzerland

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.[1] 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

Season titlesEdit

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

Season standingsEdit

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1978 15 28 16 21 not
run
1979 16 15 18 10
1980 17 7 6 5
1981 18 2 1 3 34 4
1982 19 1 1 3 35 2
1983 20 3 1 4 not
awarded
(w/ GS)
4
1984 21 1 4 1 35 1
1985 22 4 1 12 5
1986 23 2 2 7 20 25 2
1987 24 4 3 4 18 32 3

Race victoriesEdit

  • 31 wins – (21 SL, 6 GS, 4 K)
  • 76 podiums – (42 SL, 20 GS, 14 K)
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     WangsPizol, 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
Combined
  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

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
1978 15 9 not run
1980 17 3 DNF2
1982 19 1 1 1
1985 22 DNF2 11 1
1987 24 1 7 1

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).

Olympic resultsEdit

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
1980 17 3 DNF2 not run not run
1984 21 5 7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ski-db.com – results – Erika Hess – accessed 2010-03-13

External linksEdit



Awards
Preceded by
  Denise Biellmann
Swiss Sportswoman of the Year
1982
Succeeded by
  Doris de Agostini