Maria Pietilä Holmner

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Maria Pietilä-Holmner
Alpine skier
Maria Pietilä Holmner 2014-04-07 001.jpg
Maria Pietilä-Holmner in Sälen in April 2014
DisciplinesSlalom, giant slalom
ClubUhsk Umeå SK
Born (1986-07-25) 25 July 1986 (age 33)
Umeå, Sweden
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
World Cup debut26 October 2002 (age 16)
Retired17 January 2018 (age 31)
Websitemariapietilaholmner
Olympics
Teams3 – (2006, 2010, 2014)
Medals0
World Championships
Teams6 – (20052017)
Medals2 (0 gold)
World Cup
Seasons13 – (20052017)
Wins3 – (2 SL, 1 PSL)
Podiums10 – (7 SL, 1 GS, 2 PSL)
Overall titles0 – (7th in 2014)
Discipline titles0 – (3rd in GS, 2014)

Maria Helena Pietilä-Holmner (born 25 July 1986) is a retired Swedish World Cup alpine ski racer. She specialised in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom.

Born in Umeå, Pietilä-Holmner took up alpine skiing at the age of seven. She was also a keen footballer, playing as a forward for Mariehem's girls' teams until the age of 15, when she decided to focus on skiing. Pietilä-Holmner made her World Cup debut in Sölden at age 16 in October 2002.[1] She won a gold medal at the 2006 World Junior Alpine Skiing Championships in the slalom.[2] Her first World Cup win came at a slalom in Aspen in November 2010.[3][4] She made a total of 207 World Cup starts, and took ten podiums, including three wins.[2]

Pietilä-Holmner took five medals in the World Championships, two as an individual and three in the team events. She was the silver medalist in giant slalom in 2007 at Åre, Sweden.[5] Four years later in 2011, she won 2 bronze medals at Garmish-Partenkirchen in the slalom[6] and the team event. At Schladming in 2013, she won a silver in the team event. She took her final Worlds medal at the 2017 Championships, where she was part of the Swedish squad which finished third in the team event.[2]

She made her debut at the Winter Olympics in 2006, where she finished tenth in the giant slalom.[1] At the 2010 Winter Games, she finished fourth in the slalom, and at the 2014 Winter Olympics she was sixth in the giant slalom. She also won seven Swedish championship titles: five in slalom, one in giant slalom and one in combined.[2]

On 17 January 2018, she announced her retirement from alpine skiing, following back problems.[7] to instead become a Eurosport expert commentator.[8]

She has been in a relationship with fellow alpine skier Hans Olsson since 2004:[9] as of 2018 the couple were engaged.[2] They both worked as part of the team covering alpine skiing at the 2018 Winter Olympics for Eurosport.[10]

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
2004 17 104 43
2005 18 63 33 31
2006 19 24 17 20
2007 20 26 15 14
2008 21 29 12 12
2009 22 13 7 7 54
2010 23 13 8 6
2011 24 11 4 19 32
2012 25 33 14 29
2013 26 17 7 27
2014 27 7 4 3
2015 28 15 7 16
2016 29 19 9 8
2017 30 65 23 33
2018 31 did not compete; retired in the middle of season

Race podiums[edit]

Season Date Location Discipline Place
2009 15 November 2008 Finland Levi, Finland Slalom 2nd
2011 28 November 2010 United States Aspen, Colorado, USA Slalom 1st
2 January 2011 Germany Munich, Bavaria, Germany Parallel slalom 1st
2012 27 November 2011 United States Aspen, Colorado, USA Slalom 2nd
2014 22 December 2013 France Val-d'Isère, France Giant slalom 3rd
5 January 2014 Italy Bormio, Italy Slalom 2nd
14 January 2014 Austria Flachau, Austria Slalom 3rd
8 March 2014 Sweden Åre, Sweden Slalom 2nd
2015 13 December 2014 Slalom 1st
2016 23 February 2016 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden Parallel slalom 3rd


World Championship results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2005 18 13 16
2007 20 11 2
2009 22 DNF1 8
2011 24 3 22
2013 26 6 18
2015 28 14 9
2017 30 14 25

Olympic results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2006 19 21 10
2010 23 4 24
2014 27 DNF1 6

Video[edit]

  • Zapiks – post-race interview in November 2011 – 2nd place, Aspen slalom

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Frime, Monika (24 July 2006). "Maria Pietilä Holmner fyller 20 år" [Maria Pietilä Holmner turns 20 years old]. hd.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Familjelängtande "PH" ler mot karriärslutet" [Family-longing "PH" smiles at the end of her career]. sydsvenskan.se (in Swedish). 17 January 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Swedish skier wins World Cup slalom; Lindsey Vonn eighth". USA Today. Associated Press. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  4. ^ Piestrup, Zeke (28 November 2010). "Maria Pietila Holmner wins Aspen World Cup slalom, Maria Riesch second, Lindsey Vonn 8th". Ski Channel. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Fall costly for Paerson". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 14 February 2007. p. D-11.
  6. ^ "Sweden's Pietilä Holmner claims world ski bronze". The Local. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  7. ^ Lisa Edwinsso (17 January 2018). "Maria PH avslutar karriären" (in Swedish). Dagens nyheter. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Maria PH slutar" (in Swedish). Sportbladet. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  9. ^ Svensson, Ulrika (2 July 2012). "Couples rehab: Maria Pietilä-Holmner & Hans Olsson". International Ski Federation. Archived from the original on 21 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  10. ^ Ruuth, Tomas. "Klart: Maria PH till OS – som tv-expert" [Clear: Maria PH to Olympic Games - as a TV expert]. Folkbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 17 February 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Maria Pietilä-Holmner at Wikimedia Commons