Michael von Grünigen

Michael von Grünigen (born 11 April 1969) is a Swiss former alpine skier. He is considered to be the most successful Giant Slalom skier of his era:[1] In 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2003, he won the World Cup in Giant Slalom. In 1997 and 2001, he was World Champion in Giant Slalom. He took a total of 23 World Cup wins during his career. Having originally announced his retirement at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, after failing to medal at the Games he elected to delay his retirement for a year, ending his competitive career in 2003.[1][2]

Michael von Grünigen
Born (1969-04-11) 11 April 1969 (age 52)
Schönried [de], Bern, Switzerland

Von Grünigen is originally from the Bernese Highlands of Switzerland, and comes from a skiing family: his parents were both ski instructors, and one of his three sisters is fellow alpine skier Christine von Grünigen. He is married to Anna, and the couple have three children: Noel, Elio and Lian.[1] Since retiring from competition, he has worked in a number of roles with his equipment sponsor, Fischer, and also works with young skiers for the Swiss Ski Federation.[2]

World Cup victoriesEdit

World CupsEdit

Season Discipline
1996 Giant Slalom Cup
1997 Giant Slalom Cup
1999 Giant Slalom Cup
2003 Giant Slalom Cup

Individual racesEdit

Date Location Race
19 January 1993   Veysonnaz Giant Slalom
18 December 1994   Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
12 November 1995   Tignes Giant Slalom
17 November 1995   Vail Giant Slalom
25 November 1995   Park City Giant Slalom
19 January 1996   Adelboden Giant Slalom
10 February 1996   Hinterstoder Giant Slalom
22 December 1996   Alta Badia Giant Slalom
5 January 1997   Kranjska Gora Giant Slalom
8 March 1997   Nagano Giant Slalom
15 March 1997   Vail Giant Slalom
26 October 1997   Tignes Giant Slalom
14 December 1997   Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
28 February 1998   Yongpyong Giant Slalom
20 December 1998   Alta Badia Giant Slalom
14 March 1999   Sierra Nevada Giant Slalom
17 November 2000   Park City Giant Slalom
17 December 2000   Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
6 January 2001   Les Arcs Giant Slalom
10 March 2002   Flachau Giant Slalom
22 November 2002   Park City Giant Slalom
15 December 2002   Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
1 March 2003   Yongpyong Giant Slalom


  1. ^ a b c "Perfektionist mit Sicherheitsmarge" [Perfectionist with safety margin]. Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). 16 March 2003. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Mike von Grünigen". Fischer (company). Archived from the original on 13 July 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2018.

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Preceded by
  Donghua Li
Swiss Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
  Oscar Camenzind