Erika Hess

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Erika Hess
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Born (1962-03-06) 6 March 1962 (age 56)

Erika Hess (born 6 March 1962 in Wolfenschiessen) is a former alpine ski racer from Switzerland. She is one of the best female skiers ever, dominating the field in the 1980s with 31 World Cup victories (22 in slalom), four slalom titles (198183 and 1985), and two overall titles (1982, 1984). She also won six World Championship gold medals between 1982 and 1987, as well as bronze medal in the slalom at the 1980 Winter Olympics at age 17. - She missed another medal (maybe a gold medal) on February 9, 1985, when she was in lead after the first leg of the Slalom Race at the "Stelvio"-course at Bormio but she didn't finish the second leg.

Her first World Cup start was at the age of 15 in Berchtesgaden, West Germany, on January 25, 1978, and her first podium was on December 6, 1979, at Val-d'Isère, France. She retired at age 25 following the 1987 season with 31 World Cup victories, 76 podiums, and 146 top tens in 165 starts.[1] - She did win six World Cup Slalom Races in a row from January to the season finish in March 1981.

She was awarded with the »Skieur d’Or« (»The ski racer in gold«, later named "Serge Lang Trophy" - named after Serge Lang - an award given by "The Association Internationale des Journalistes de Ski", an international Consortium of journalists competent for ski sports) on November 22nd, 1982 (5 points ahead to Phil Mahre). Several statistics say that she did win the title in the Slalom World Cup 1985-86, but she is placed 2nd. She, and Roswitha Steiner did gain 110 points, but her Austrian opponent did win 4 slalom races in that season (Erika only 2), therefore the higher number of wins was decisive.

Her cousin Monika Hess (she is two years younger than Erika, born May 24th, 1964) also was a ski-racer. Erika is married to Jacques Raymond (her trainer), the couple and three sons are living at Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz. Henceforward, Erika is organizing races and training camps for upcoming ski racers.

World Cup victories[edit]

Season titles[edit]

Season Discipline
1981 Slalom
1982 Overall
1983 Slalom
1984 Overall
Giant Slalom
1985 Slalom

Individual victories[edit]

Season Date Location Race
1981 13 January 1981 Austria Schruns, Austria Slalom
21 January 1981 Switzerland Crans-Montana, Switzerland Slalom
31 January 1981 Switzerland Les Diablerets, Switzerland Slalom
3 February 1981 West Germany Zwiesel, West Germany Slalom
15 March 1981 Japan Furano, Japan Slalom
24 March 1981 Switzerland WangsPizol, Switzerland Slalom
25 March 1981 Switzerland Wangs-Pizol, Switzerland Giant Slalom
1982 13 December 1981 Italy Piancavallo, Italy Slalom
21 December 1981 France St. Gervais, France Slalom
3 January 1982 Slovenia Maribor, Slovenia Slalom
20 January 1982 Austria Bad Gastein, Austria Slalom
20 January 1982 Austria Bad Gastein, Austria Combined
Austria 1982 World Championships
21 March 1982 France L'Alpe d'Huez, France Giant Slalom
21 March 1982 France L'Alpe d'Huez, France Slalom
1983 8 December 1982 France Val-d'Isère, France Giant slalom
17 December 1982 Italy Piancavallo, Italy Slalom
9 February 1983 Slovenia Maribor, Slovenia Slalom
1984 1 December 1983 Slovenia Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Slalom
11 December 1983 France Val-d'Isère, France Giant Slalom
14 December 1983 Italy Sestriere, Italy Combined
15 January 1984 Slovenia Maribor, Slovenia Slalom
22 January 1984 Switzerland Verbier, Switzerland Combined
29 January 1984 France St. Gervais, France Giant Slalom
17 March 1984 Slovakia Jasná, Slovakia Giant Slalom
1985 19 March 1985 United States Park City, UT, USA Slalom
Italy 1985 World Championships
22 March 1985 United States Heavenly Valley, CA, USA Slalom
1986 12 December 1985 Italy Sestriere, Italy Combined
15 December 1985 Switzerland Savognin, Switzerland Slalom
11 March 1986 United States Park City, Utah, USA Slalom
1987 5 December 1986 United States Waterville Valley, NH, USA Slalom
21 December 1986 Italy Val Zoldana, Italy Slalom
Switzerland 1987 World Championships


  1. ^ – results – Erika Hess – accessed 2010-03-13

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Preceded by
Switzerland Denise Biellmann
Swiss Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Switzerland Doris de Agostini