Irene Epple

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Irene Epple
Irene Epple 1980 Paraguay stamp.jpg
Personal information
Born (1957-06-18) 18 June 1957 (age 62)
Seeg, Bayern, Germany
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
SportAlpine skiing
ClubTSV Seeg

Irene Epple-Waigel (born 18 June 1957) is a German former alpine skier. She won a total of 11 Alpine Skiing World Cup races and two World Cups, in giant slalom and combined (both in 1982). She also won a silver medal at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in giant slalom. In the 1978 FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships at Garmisch-Partenkirchen she won the silver medal in the downhill. On 9 January 1983 she won the first women's World Cup Super-G race, held in Verbier.

In 1992 she completed her medical studies in Munich, and in November 1994 married Theo Waigel, who was the German Finance Minister from 1989 to 1998. In 1980 she was named the German Sportswoman of the Year. She is the sister of alpine skier Maria Epple.[1][2]

World Cup victories[edit]

Date Location Race
12 March 1980 Austria Saalbach Giant Slalom
3 December 1980 France Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
6 December 1981 France Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
10 December 1981 Italy Pila Giant Slalom
18 December 1981 Italy Piancavallo Combined
8 January 1982 Germany Pfronten Giant Slalom
14 January 1982 Germany Pfronten Combined
4 March 1982 United States Waterville Valley Giant Slalom
9 January 1983 Switzerland Verbier Super-G
7 December 1983 France Val d'Isère Downhill
11 December 1983 France Val d'Isère Combined
Preceded by
Germany Christa Kinshofer
German Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Ulrike Meyfarth


  • Issig, Peter (3 March 2002). "Nur kochen muss der Theo nicht". Welt Online (in German). Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  • "Athlete information: Irene Epple". International Ski Federation. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  1. ^ Irene Epple Archived 21 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Irene Epple Wins World Cup Giant Slalom Title". New York Times. 26 March 1982.

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