Christa Kinshofer

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Christa Kinshofer
Christa Kinshofer 1980 Paraguay stamp.jpg
Personal information
National team Germany Netherland
Born 24 January 1961 (1961-01-24) (age 56)
Munich, Germany
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Website Christa-Kinshofer.com
Sport
Sport Alpine skiing

Christa Kinshofer married Christa Kinshofer-Rembeck (born 24 January 1961 in Munich) is a former German Ski Racer and business woman. In her career she won three Olympic Medals, one World Championship Medal and seven World Cup Races.[1]

Biography[edit]

Christa Kinshofer was born as daughter of Alfred and Maria Kinshofer in Munich. She grew up with three brothers and sisters in the bavarian town Miesbach, where the parents were running a successful engineering company (www.kinshofer.com)As a child she did also figure skating. 1966 she became member of SC Miesbach. With figure skating, she became in the age of 8 years "Kids Champion" in Munich. She concentrated already as a child on alpine ski races. From 1971 on, she practipated in mayor races, visited the high school in Berchtesgaden and became several times German Youth Champion. The first World Cup Points she made in the season 1976/77 with a tenth place in slalom.The break through in Ski World Cup "the technic specialist" made in the season 1978/79, when she won 5 World Cup Giant Slaloms in series. (the 5 victories in Giant Slalom successively are a German record up to now, which came closer only Christa Zechmeister 1973 with 4 victories in Slalom and Maria Hoefl-Riesch 2008/09.[2]

1979 Kinshofer was chosen Sportswoman of the year in Germany. One more later she won with only 18 years the Silver Medal in Slalom at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid 1980. The allrounder was on second position of the Total World Cup, when a serious ski accident, a fracture in her right ankle, forced her to a break of eleven months. When she fell out with the German Ski Federation because of different opinions about training methods, she had to leave the DSV. From this moment on, she became member of the Dutch Skiteam. Because of deprivation of all FIS World ranking list points, she had to rebegin with the last startnumbers[1] (Nr.124) Because of her strong will-power, her untiving effort and her high motivation Christa Kinshofer succeeded the impossible.

Christa's comeback started with the victory of the international German Championship,although she still started for the Netherlands. The DSV called the "Lost Daughter" back into the German national team, appreciating her achievements. She won the World Cup Slalom in Piancavallo and could qualify in 4 events for the Olympic Games in Calgary.

In 1988 in Calgary, she was even more successful: she won Silver in Giant Slalom and one day later Bronze in Slalom, in each case behind the Swiss double-winner Vreni Schneider. After that she finished her career. This decision based also on an injury of the intervertebral disk. From the beginning Kinshofer was a big talent, who made good results, although she had a less training expenditure as her team colleges.[3] Because of her talent, to sell and articulate in front of camera, she was offered severals contracts of advertising.During her career, she was called by the media "Glamour Girl" and "Hollywood Christa". Kinsi laught and took it as a compliment: Female athletes are sexy and self-confident.

More careers[edit]

On the 3 of March in 1988 the 6 times German Champion was nominated and honored of the town Miesbach. After her career as a sports woman, Kinshofer worked as a TV Commentator for Sports Channel in London, Eurosport in Paris and expert with the Bild. She opened a sportshop for kids in the residenzstreet in munich. Already during her Sport career, she founded together with her sister the company Kinsi Sports.

2001 she became a book writer (fit for success 2001) the autobiography followed "Helden werden nicht gewürfelt" in 2010 Up to now, she works of a motivation trainee and international keynote speaker for the area sportsmarketing and - sponsoring. She organizes Golf Tournaments and Ski/Snow events. Besides she stands up as aguide for kids and young persons with the foundation "Laureus Sport for Good" 2005 she opened the most beautiful and biggest Skihall of the world in Dubai (SkiDubai) Kinshofer is married for second time since 2009 with the orthopedist Dr. med. Erich Rembeck. Christa Kinshofer brings from her first marriage female twins, born in 1992, to her patchwork family. Since November 2012, she runs together with her husband the Christa Kinshofer Skiclinic in Atos clinic in munich.[4]

World Cup victories[edit]

Overall victories[edit]

Season Discipline
1979 Alpine Skiing World Cup Giant slalom
Medals Gold Silver Bronce
Olympic Winter Games 2x 1x
World Championship 1x

Individual victories[edit]

Date Location Race
18 December 1978 France Val d'Isère Giant slalom
7 January 1979 France Les Gets Giant slalom
6 February 1979 West Germany Berchtesgaden Giant slalom
8 March 1979 United States Aspen Giant slalom
11 March 1979 United States Heavenly Giant slalom
21 January 1981 Switzerland Crans-Montana Combined
19 December 1987 Italy Piancavallo Slalom

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Christa Kinshofer. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ "Christa Kinshofer |". www.christa-kinshofer.com. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  3. ^ Germany, SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg,. "SKI ALPIN: Gereift und geläutert - DER SPIEGEL 5/1988". www.spiegel.de. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  4. ^ Online, FOCUS. "Und nach dem Sturz?". FOCUS Online. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
Awards
Preceded by
Germany Maria Epple
German Sportswoman of the Year
1979
Succeeded by
Germany Irene Epple