2006 Pioneer Legends of Skiing Bios – part 2
FINN CHRISTIAN JAGGE
A 17-year veteran of the Norwegian team, Jagge recorded a total of seven career World Cup wins, including the 1997 World Cup Finals slalom on Vail Mountain’s International course. A four-time Olympian, he also collected an Olympic gold medal for his slalom victory at the 1992 Albertville Games.
Kiehl claimed two World Cup victories in Vail, both Super-Gs, in 1986 and 1987. She culminated her amateur career in 1988 at the Calgary Olympics with a gold medal in downhill.
In one run of the 1976 Innsbruck Olympic Winter Games, Franz Klammer romanticized the sport of downhill skiing for millions of viewers as he sped to victory from the 15th start position. “The Kaiser” accumulated 25 World Cup downhill victories.
Leitner completed the Austrian one-two slalom punch at the 1960 Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Calif., earning the silver medal.
Phil Mahre, with the help of twin brother Steve, put the U.S. squarely on the map of international ski competition in the 1970s and ’80s, while redefining ski racing in America at the same time. His 27 World Cup career victories is the most by any American male racer and triple that of the next person on the list”his brother. Few will forget the one-two punch that Phil and Steve delivered in the 1984 Olympic slalom in Sarajevo, with Phil winning the gold and Steve taking home the silver.
It has been said that if there had been no Phil Mahre, then certainly Steve Mahre would have been the best men’s skier that the U.S. has ever produced. Born four minutes behind twin brother Phil, Steve was a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team. During his career on the World Cup circuit, Steve collected a total of nine victories.
In her 13-year racing career, McKinney became no less than America’s winningest skier. The only American woman to have ever won the overall World Cup title in 1983, McKinney also gathered a trio of World Cup discipline titles in slalom and giant slalom.
A triple Olympic medalist at the 1976 Games in Innsbruck, Austria, Mittermaier claimed the gold in Downhill and Slalom, while mining silver in Giant Slalom. She also collected an FIS World Championships gold medal in Combined at the Innsbruck Games.
Nelson first joined the U.S. Ski Team in 1971 and promptly scored World Cup points in her first two outings, a dramatic opening to a long and distinguished career that continued through 1985. Nelson represented the U.S. on four Olympic and World Championship teams.
A mainstay of the German technical team in the ’70s, Neureuther racked up a career total of 6 World Cup wins, all coming in Slalom. The 12-year veteran began his World Cup career with the 1970 season and he retired from competition following the conclusion of the 1981 campaign.
Continuing the tradition of great Swedish technicians, Nowen joins the 2006 Legends field with her rookie outing. A native of Oestersund, Nowen was a 12-year veteran of the World Cup tour, collecting a total of four career wins, all in Slalom.
Ortlieb carved his name in the Austrian skiing history books when he tamed the extremely technical “new course” in Val d’Isere, France to claim the Olympic downhill gold medal at the 1992 Albertville Games. During the course of his amateur career, he collected a total of four World Cup downhill victories.
One of the best technical downhill specialists in the history of the sport, Russi serves as the FIS Downhill Technical Expert. He designed Olympic and World Championships downhill courses, including Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey and the 2002 Olympic course in Snowbasin, Utah. With 10 World Cup victories to his credit during an illustrious career, he captured the Olympic gold medal in downhill in 1972 in Sapporo, Japan.
A member of the Italian World Cup technical team from 1981-1990, Tonazzi recorded numerous top-10 finishes during his career.
The native of St. Pankraz began his medal run in 1998, with an Olympic Downhill bronze from the Nagano Games. A 13-year World Cup veteran, Trinkl recorded a career total of six World Cup victories, five in downhill and one in super-G.
Tschudi began his 17-year ski racing career as a member of the Norwegian national team in 1964. He represented his country at the 1968 Grenoble and 1972 Sapporo Olympics, in addition to the 1970 World Championships in Val Gardena.
A 14-year veteran of the World Cup wars, Sweden’s Wiberg is one of only a handful of racers to have won World Cup events in all five disciplines (downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and combined). In fact, “Pila” ended her illustrious 13-year career with a total of 24 World Cup victories and the 1997 overall World Cup crystal globe.
Once given the title of the “fastest human on skis” by the Guiness Book of World Records, Weber is a former six-time World Speed Skiing champion, who was clocked at 129.3 miles per hour at the peak of his career. From the late 1970s to the mid-’80s, Weber dominated the sport of speed skiing, winning six consecutive titles from 1980-1985.
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