|Born||18 June 1957|
Seeg, Bayern, Germany
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||60 kg (132 lb)|
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.
World Cup victories
|12 March 1980||Saalbach||Giant Slalom|
|3 December 1980||Val d'Isère||Giant Slalom|
|6 December 1981||Val d'Isère||Giant Slalom|
|10 December 1981||Pila||Giant Slalom|
|18 December 1981||Piancavallo||Combined|
|8 January 1982||Pfronten||Giant Slalom|
|14 January 1982||Pfronten||Combined|
|4 March 1982||Waterville Valley||Giant Slalom|
|9 January 1983||Verbier||Super-G|
|7 December 1983||Val d'Isère||Downhill|
|11 December 1983||Val d'Isère||Combined|
| German Sportswoman of the Year
- 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.
- Irene Epple at Ski-DB Alpine Ski Database
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