Michael von Grünigen

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Michael von Grünigen
Born11 April 1969 (1969-04-11) (age 50)
Schönried [de], Bern, Switzerland

Michael von Grünigen (born April 11, 1969) is a Swiss former alpine skier. He is considered to be the most successful Giant Slalom skier of his era:[1] In 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2003, he won the World Cup in Giant Slalom. In 1997 and 2001, he was World Champion in Giant Slalom. He took a total of 23 World Cup wins during his career. Having originally announced his retirement at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, after failing to medal at the Games he elected to delay his retirement for a year, ending his competitive career in 2003.[1][2]

Von Grünigen is originally from the Bernese Highlands of Switzerland, and comes from a skiing family: his parents were both ski instructors, and one of his three sisters is fellow alpine skier Christine von Grünigen. He is married to Anna, and the couple have three children: Noel, Elio and Lian.[1] Since retiring from competition, he has worked in a number of roles with his equipment sponsor, Fischer, and also works with young skiers for the Swiss Ski Federation.[2]

World Cup victories[edit]

World Cups[edit]

Season Discipline
1996 Giant Slalom Cup
1997 Giant Slalom Cup
1999 Giant Slalom Cup
2003 Giant Slalom Cup

Individual races[edit]

Date Location Race
19 January 1993 Switzerland Veysonnaz Giant Slalom
18 December 1994 France Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
12 November 1995 France Tignes Giant Slalom
17 November 1995 United States Vail Giant Slalom
25 November 1995 United States Park City Giant Slalom
19 January 1996 Switzerland Adelboden Giant Slalom
10 February 1996 Austria Hinterstoder Giant Slalom
22 December 1996 Italy Alta Badia Giant Slalom
5 January 1997 Slovenia Kranjska Gora Giant Slalom
8 March 1997 Japan Nagano Giant Slalom
15 March 1997 United States Vail Giant Slalom
26 October 1997 France Tignes Giant Slalom
14 December 1997 France Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
28 February 1998 South Korea Yongpyong Giant Slalom
20 December 1998 Italy Alta Badia Giant Slalom
14 March 1999 Spain Sierra Nevada Giant Slalom
17 November 2000 United States Park City Giant Slalom
17 December 2000 France Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
6 January 2001 France Les Arcs Giant Slalom
10 March 2002 Austria Flachau Giant Slalom
22 November 2002 United States Park City Giant Slalom
15 December 2002 France Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
1 March 2003 South Korea Yongpyong Giant Slalom


  1. ^ a b c "Perfektionist mit Sicherheitsmarge" [Perfectionist with safety margin]. Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). 16 March 2003. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Mike von Grünigen". Fischer (company). Archived from the original on 13 July 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2018.

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Preceded by
Switzerland Donghua Li
Swiss Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Switzerland Oscar Camenzind