Régine Cavagnoud

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Régine Cavagnoud
— Alpine skier —
DisciplinesDownhill, Super-G,
Giant slalom, Combined
Born(1970-06-27)27 June 1970
Thônes, Haute-Savoie, France
Died31 October 2001(2001-10-31) (aged 31)
Innsbruck, Austria
Height163 cm (5 ft 4 in)
World Cup debut22 December 1990 (age 20)
Teams3 - (1992, 1994, 1998)
World Championships
Teams5 - (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2001)
Medals1 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons11 - (19912001)
Wins8 - (3 DH, 4 SG, 1 GS)
Overall titles0 - (3rd in 2000, 2001)
Discipline titles1 - (SG, 2001)

Régine Cavagnoud (27 June 1970 – 31 October 2001) was a World Cup alpine ski racer from France. She was the World Cup and World Champion in Super G in 2001. Later that year, Cavagnoud was involved in a high-speed collision while training and died two days later.[1][2] She also competed at three Winter Olympics.[3]


Régine Cavagnoud was born in Thônes, Haute-Savoie, Cavagnoud's career was plagued by injuries. She finally secured a World Cup race victory in her 10th year of competition, a downhill race held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy on 21 January 1999. That was the first World Cup downhill race victory by a Frenchwoman in 17 years. She won World Cup races, four in Super-G, three downhill, and two giant slalom. Her last World Cup victory was on 21 Mar 2001, a giant slalom in Courchevel, France. She topped the Super-G World Cup rankings in 2001 and was ranked third overall for the World Cup seasons ending in 2000 and 2001. At the 2001 World Championships in St. Anton, Austria, she won the Super-G title on 29 January.


On 29 October 2001, Cavagnoud collided with German ski coach Markus Anwander during ski training in Pitztal, Austria, as he crossed the piste. She sustained severe brain injuries. She was evacuated by helicopter to Innsbruck's university hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries two days later. Her death was the first fatality involving a World Cup ski racer in over seven years, since the death of Austria's Ulrike Maier in a downhill race in January 1994.[2][4]

Cavagnoud was buried near her native village at La Clusaz in the French Alps.

World Cup results[edit]

Season Discipline
2001 Super-G

Race victories[edit]

  • 8 wins - (3 DH, 4 SG, 1 GS)
  • 23 podiums
Season Date Location Discipline
1999 21 Jan 1999 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Downhill
23 Jan 1999 Super G
2000 19 Nov 1999 United States Copper Mountain, USA Giant Slalom
22 Jan 2000 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Downhill
15 Mar 2000 Italy Bormio, Italy Downhill
2001 6 Dec 2000 France Val-d'Isère, France Super G
13 Jan 2001 Austria Haus im Ennstal, Austria Super G
20 Jan 2001 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Super G


  1. ^ Clarey, Christopher (October 30, 2001). "French star injured in training accident". New York Times. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Skiing champion dies after training crash". CNN. October 31, 2001. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Régine Cavagnoud Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Life's risk takers". BBC Sport. 31 October 2001.

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