Marco Büchel

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Marco Büchel
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Medal record
Competitor for  Liechtenstein
Men's Alpine Skiing
World Championships
Silver 1999 Vail Giant Slalom

Marco Büchel (born November 4, 1971, in Walenstadt, Switzerland) is a retired alpine ski racer from Liechtenstein. He participated in a record-tying six Winter Olympics, starting in 1992 and ending in 2010.

On 18 January 2008, Büchel won a World Cup Super-G race at Kitzbühel, and set a then record as the oldest winner of a World Cup race at the age of 36 years, 75 days. This has since been surpassed by Didier Cuche, who won a downhill race at the same location on 22 January 2011[1] to set a new record as the oldest winner of a World Cup race; the following 13 months Cuche extended this record 6 times, finally with his last career victory in the Super-G of Crans Montana on 24 February 2012 to 37 years, 192 days.[2]

Büchel is featured in the OL-floka music video for the 1994 Winter Olympics. He's seen climbing upwards the combined slalom course, after missing a gate.[3]

Büchel retired following the Super-G race at Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) on 11 March 2010. He celebrated his last race by racing not in the regular catsuit but by wearing a tuxedo with black Bermuda shorts. As he skied down the course, Büchel slowed down many times to "high-five" various trainers.[4]

He had also appeared on the Amazing Race 18 as contestants had to give him the correct answer for calculating the Length of Liechtenstein.

During his retirement, Büchel frequents South Florida, where he has many American friends.

Results[edit]

  • Swiss Championships
    • 1999/2000: Champion in Downhill, Giant Slalom, Combination
    • 2000/2001: Champion in Parallel Slalom

World Cup victories[edit]

Date Location Race
13 February 2003 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Super-G
17 December 2005 Italy Val Gardena Downhill
25 November 2006 Canada Lake Louise Downhill
18 January 2008 Austria Kitzbühel Super-G

References[edit]


Olympic Games
Preceded by
Tamara Schädler
Flagbearer for  Liechtenstein
Salt Lake City 2002
Succeeded by
Jessica Walter

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