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Hannelore (Hanni) Wenzel[1] (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.[2][3][4]

Hanni Wenzel
Alpine skier
Hanni Wenzel 1979 Paraguay stamp.jpg
Paraguay stamp of 1979 depicting Hanni Wenzel
DisciplinesGiant Slalom, Slalom,
Combined, Downhill,
Super G
Born (1956-12-14) 14 December 1956 (age 62)
Straubing, Bavaria,
West Germany
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
World Cup debut1 March 1972 (age 15)
RetiredMarch 1984 (age 27)
Websitewwp-group.com
Olympics
Teams2 – (1976, 1980)
Medals4 (2 gold)
World Championships
Teams5 – (197482)
includes two Olympics
Medals9 (4 gold)
World Cup
Seasons13 – (197284)
Wins33
Podiums89
Overall titles2 – (1978, 1980)
Discipline titles5 – (2 GS, 1 SL, 2 K)

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.[5][6][7]

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.

Contents

World cup resultsEdit

Season titlesEdit

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 standingsEdit

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1972 15 40 27 not
run
not
awarded
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 not
awarded
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 not
awarded
1
1984 27 2 7 5 3 4

Race victoriesEdit

  • 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
  1980 Winter Olympics
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 resultsEdit

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
1974 17 1 7 not run 13 2
1976 19 3 20 11 3
1978 21 6 5 29 2
1980 23 1 1 2 1
1982 25 DNF DNF

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 results Olympic rings without rims.svgEdit

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
1976 19 3 20 not run 11 not run
1980 23 1 1 2
1984 27
  • Wenzel and Ingemar Stenmark were banned from the 1984 Olympics (endorsement compensation).

FamilyEdit

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.[4][8]

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alpine skiing: Weirather to miss Olympic Games through injury". Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). vancouver2010.com. 23 January 2010
  2. ^ Steamboat Today: Olympic history: Winter games in the 1980s. steamboatpilot.com/ 13 February 2010
  3. ^ Hanni Wenzel Archived 28 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine. The official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games]
  4. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Hanni Wenzel". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 27 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Ski stars banned from Olympics". Ottawa Citizen. Reuters. 26 November 1983. p. 71.
  6. ^ "Ruling slaps Stenmark". Bend (OR) Bulletin. UPI. 7 November 1983. p. D-4.
  7. ^ "Winter Olympics will take place without three alpine skiers". Palm Beach Post. wire services. 25 January 1984. p. D4.
  8. ^ "Hanni WENZEL". Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). fisalpine.com
  9. ^ Luxarazzi

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Marita Koch
United Press International
Athlete of the Year

1980
Succeeded by
Chris Evert Lloyd