Maria Walliser

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Maria Walliser
Pirmin Zurbriggen and Maria Walliser 1987 Paraguay stamp crop.jpg
Pirmin Zurbriggen and Maria Walliser (right) on a 1987 Paraguay stamp
Personal information
Born 27 May 1963 (1963-05-27) (age 55)
Mosnang, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
Height 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Sport Alpine skiing
Club SC Libingen

Maria Walliser (born 27 May 1963) is a Swiss former alpine skier.

Walliser grew up in Mosnang, the daughter of a wealthy cattle breeder. She made her World Cup debut in 1980.[1] Together with her fellow Swiss Erika Hess, Michela Figini and Vreni Schneider she dominated female alpine skiing during the 1980s. Among her many successes, she won two overall World Cups (1986 and 1987). Walliser also won three world titles in 1987 and 1989, as well as three Olympic medals at 1988 Calgary and 1984 Sarajevo.[2]

Walliser retired in 1990 with a World Cup tally of 72 podium finishes, including 25 victories. In 2000, she became president of "Die Stiftung Folsäure Offensive Schweiz", a Swiss health organization fighting folate deficiency.[2]

World Cup victories[edit]

Season titles[edit]

Season Discipline
1984 Downhill
1986 Overall
1987 Overall
Giant Slalom

Individual races[edit]

25 race victories (14 downhill, 3 super G, 6 giant slalom, 2 combined)

Date Location Race
January 21, 1983 France Megève Downhill
February 5, 1983 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo Downhill
December 8, 1983 France Val-d'Isère Downhill
January 21, 1984 Switzerland Verbier Downhill
March 8, 1985 Canada Sunshine Village Downhill
January 11, 1986 Austria Bad Gastein Downhill
January 12, 1986 Austria Bad Gastein Combined
February 5, 1986 Italy Val Zoldana Giant Slalom
March 1, 1986 Japan Furano Downhill
March 8, 1986 Canada Sunshine Village Downhill
March 9, 1986 Canada Sunshine Village Combined
December 14, 1986 France Val d'Isère Super-G
December 20, 1986 Italy Val Zoldana Giant Slalom
January 6, 1987 Austria Saalbach-Hinterglemm Super-G
January 18, 1987 Germany Bischofswiesen Giant Slalom
February 27, 1987 Germany Zwiesel Giant Slalom
March 15, 1987 United States Vail Super-G
March 22, 1987 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo Giant Slalom
December 4, 1987 France Val-d'Isère Downhill
January 16, 1988 Switzerland Zinal Downhill
December 15, 1988 Austria Altenmarkt Downhill
January 19, 1989 France Tignes Downhill
March 4, 1989 Japan Furano Giant Slalom
December 9, 1989 United States Steamboat Springs Downhill
January 13, 1990 Austria Haus Downhill


  1. ^ Johnson, William Oscar (27 January 1988). "Smooth as Clockwork". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Maria Walliser". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. 

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Preceded by
Switzerland Michela Figini
Swiss Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Switzerland Vreni Schneider