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Petra Kronberger

Olympic medal record
Women's Alpine skiing
Gold 1992 Albertville Slalom
Gold 1992 Albertville Alpine combined
World Championships
Gold 1991 Saalbach Downhill

Petra Kronberger (born February 21, 1969, in Pfarrwerfen) is an Austrian former alpine skier, who participated in all disciplines. She was the first female alpine skier who managed to win in all five World Cup events.

Career

Kronberger entered the World Cup circuit in the 1987/88 season. She gained several podiums and was expected to be a strong competitor at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary. She did not win any medals there, but she did give a good performance for an athlete still in her teen years: she finished sixth in the downhill and eleventh in the combined.

Kronberger only won her first World Cup events, two downhill races, in December of 1989, but by the end of that season she had captured the World Cup overall title. This made her an instant hero in Austria: ever since that country's skiing star of the 1970s, Annemarie Pröll (later Moser-Pröll) had retired, the Swiss team had almost completely dominated the alpine world, which had long rankled the Austrian fans.

She successfully defended her World Cup overall champion title twice. Over the course of thirty-eight days in December, 1990, and January, 1991, Kronberger became the first skier in the modern era to win one race in each of the five alpine events in one season. Four of those wins in all but the combined came in the month of December alone, another notable feat.

At the 1991 World Championships she won a gold medal in her first event, the downhill, and was suspected to be able to win four more medals. However, she fell in her second event, the Super-G, and injured her right knee, forcing her to miss the rest of the races. (Despite her fall, she still finished sixth in that event.)

Her performances at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, were even better. She won two gold medals, one in the slalom and one in the combined, and finished a respectable fourth in the Super-G and fifth in the downhill.[1]

She retired as alpine skier in December 1992.[2]

World Cup victories

Overall

Season Discipline
1990 Overall
1991 Overall
1991 Slalom
1992 Overall

Individual races

Date Location Race
December 16, 1989 Panorama Downhill
December 17, 1989 Panorama Ski Resort Downhill
January 8, 1990 Hinterstoder Giant Slalom
January 14, 1990 Haus Combined
January 28, 1990 Santa Caterina di Valfurva Giant Slalom
March 13, 1990 Vemdalen Slalom
December 1, 1990 Valzoldana Giant Slalom
2 December 1990 Valzoldana Slalom
9 December 1990 Altenmarkt Super-G
21 December 1990 Morzine Downhill
7 January 1991 Bad Kleinkirchheim Combined
13 January 1991 Kranjska Gora Slalom
18 January 1991 Méribel Downhill
19 January 1991 Méribel Super-G
21 December 1991 Serre-Chevalier Downhill
14 March 1992 Panorama Downhill

References

  1. ^ Olympic results
  2. ^ Petra Kronberger - Three Championship Seasons

External links

  • Ski-DB.com - Results - Petra Kronberger
Awards
Preceded by
Ulrike Maier
Austrian Sportswoman of the year
1990 – 1992
Succeeded by
Anita Wachter
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