Christa Kinshofer

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Christa Kinshofer Alpine skiing
nation GermanyGermany Germany Netherlands
birthday 24th January 1961 (age 59)
place of birth Munich , Germany
discipline Downhill , Super-G , giant slalom ,
slalom , combination
status resigned
End of career 1988
Medal table
Olympic games 0 × gold 2 × silver 1 × bronze
World championships 0 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings winter Olympics
silver Lake Placid 1980 slalom
silver Calgary 1988 Giant slalom
bronze Calgary 1988 slalom
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
silver Lake Placid 1980 slalom
Placements in the Alpine Ski World Cup
 Individual world cup victories 7th
 Overall World Cup 8. ( 1978/79 )
 Downhill World Cup 21st ( 1980/81 )
 Super G World Cup 12. ( 1987/88 )
 Giant Slalom World Cup 1. (1978/79)
 Slalom World Cup 5. (1987/88)
 Combination World Cup 3. (1980/81)
 Podium placements 1. 2. 3.
 Departure 0 0 1
 Giant slalom 5 2 1
 slalom 1 4th 0
 combination 1 0 2

Christa "Kinsi" Kinshofer , married Christa Kinshofer-Rembeck (born  January 24, 1961 in Munich ), is a former German ski racer and entrepreneur . In her career she has won three Olympic medals, one world championship medal and seven world cup races .


Athletic career

Christa Kinshofer was born in Munich as the daughter of Alfred and Maria Kinshofer. She grew up with three siblings in Miesbach , Upper Bavaria , where her parents ran a successful mechanical engineering company. As a child, she also went figure skating in addition to skiing . In 1966 she became a member of SC Miesbach . As a figure skater, Kinshofer became a “Bambino master” in Munich at the age of eight. She focused on alpine ski races from a young age. From 1971 she took part in larger races, attended the ski school in Berchtesgaden and was German youth champion several times. The first World Cup points she drove with a tenth place in the slalom in the 1976/77 season .

The technology specialist made her breakthrough in the Ski World Cup in the 1978/79 season when she won five World Cup giant slalom in a row. (The five giant slalom victories in a row represent a German record to date, with Christa Zechmeister in 1973/74 and Maria Höfl-Riesch in 2008/09 coming closest with four en suite slalom victories each ). In 1979 Kinshofer was voted Germany's Sportswoman of the Year . A year later, at the age of only 18, she won the silver medal in slalom at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid . For this she was awarded the silver bay leaf.

The all-rounder was in second place in the overall World Cup, but a serious skiing accident and a broken right ankle forced her to take an eleven-month break. After she fell out with the German Ski Association because of differences of opinion regarding training methods, she had to leave the DSV. From that moment on she started for the Dutch ski team. Because all of her FIS world ranking points were withdrawn, she had to start over with the last start number (No. 124). Kinshofer would also have been eligible to start the 1987 World Championships from the FIS points, but she lacked the Dutch passport.
Christa Kinshofer's comeback began by winning the International German Championship, although she was still starting for the Netherlands. The DSV brought her back to the German national team with great recognition of her achievements.

Already in her first World Cup race for the DSV she was fourth in the slalom of Sestriere on November 26, 1987 , which (after ranks 8 on November 28 at the same location and 15 on December 12 in Leukerbad , both in the Super-G) in the fourth run, the victory in the slalom in Piancavallo on December 19 (with start number 23) followed. She was able to qualify in four disciplines for the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary , where she achieved even greater successes: she won silver in giant slalom and a day later bronze in slalom , behind the Swiss double Olympic champion Vreni Schneider . Then Christa Kinshofer ended her career. A disc injury also contributed to this decision.

Right from the start, Kinshofer was regarded as a “huge talent” who achieved good results despite less training than her teammates. Her talent for “selling and articulating” in front of the camera earned her several advertising contracts. In the course of her career she was also referred to by the media as "glamor girl" and "Hollywood Christa". Kinshofer laughed and took it as a compliment: "Female athletes are sexy and self-confident"

Further career

On March 3, 1988, the six-time German champion was made an honorary citizen of the city of Miesbach. After her career as an athlete, Kinshofer worked as a TV commentator (Sportchannel in London, Eurosport in Paris and an expert at Bild) and opened a children's sports store on Residenzstrasse in Munich . During her sporting career, she and her sister had founded a fashion business. In 2001 she appeared as a book author (Fit for Success , 2001, autobiography Heroes are not rolled , 2010). To this day she works internationally as a motivational speaker and speaker in the field of sports marketing and sponsoring. She organizes golf tournaments and ski / snow events , and is also an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation for children and young people. In 2005 she opened the most beautiful and largest ski hall in the world in Dubai (Ski Dubai).

Kinshofer and the orthopedist and sports medicine specialist Erich Rembeck have been married since 2009, both in their second marriage. Christa Kinshofer brings her twin daughters (* 1992) from her first marriage to the blended family, and her husband has three children. Since November 2012 she and her husband have been running the Christa Kinshofer ski clinic in the ATOS clinic in Munich.


Olympic games

World championships

World Cup ratings

Christa Kinshofer once won the giant slalom discipline.

season total Departure Super G Giant slalom slalom combination
space Points space Points space Points space Points space Points space Points
1976/77 40. 1 - - - - - - 21st 1 - -
1978/79 8th. 110 - - - - 1. 125 17th 35 - -
1979/80 11. 79 - - - - 9. 42 13. 37 - -
1980/81 9. 165 21st 21st - - 8th. 63 15th 29 3. 52
1981/82 24. 56 - - - - 20th 15th 21st 17th 6th 24
1982/83 66. 5 - - - - - - 29 5 - -
1985/86 44. 31 - - 20th 12 - - 30th 8th 21st 11
1986/87 48. 16 - - - - 23. 11 31. 5 - -
1987/88 12. 105 - - 12. 16 11. 22nd 5. 67 - -

World Cup victories

Kinshofer achieved a total of 17 podium places, including 7 wins:

date place country discipline
December 18, 1978 Val d'Isère France Giant slalom
7th January 1979 Les Gets France Giant slalom
February 6, 1979 Berchtesgaden Germany Giant slalom
March 8, 1979 Aspen United States Giant slalom
March 11, 1979 Heavenly Valley United States Giant slalom
January 21, 1981 Crans-Montana Switzerland combination
December 19, 1987 Piancavallo Italy slalom

Web links

Commons : Christa Kinshofer  - Collection of Images


  • Kinshofer, Christa; Landstorfer, Peter: Heroes are not rolled. Fight, fall, get up . Munich: mvg-Verl., 2010. - ISBN 978-3-86882-157-4

Individual evidence

  1. Interview with Kinshofer  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Link no longer available) from June 22nd, 2010 by Norbert Joa in the broadcast Eins zu Eins. The talk on Bayern 2@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  2. a b Kinshofer-Rombeck, Christa . In: Internationales Sportarchiv 25/2010 from June 22, 2010 (accessed via Munzinger Online ).
  3. Skier | Christa Kinshofer. In: Retrieved April 28, 2016 .
  4. «The" Lady Kinshofer "celebrated as exuberantly as a teenager", Sport Zürich No. 24 of February 26, 1988, page 2
  5. Volkszeitung Kärnten of November 27, 1987, page 46
  6. «From“ Exile ”to slalom victory”; “Kärntner Tageszeitung” from December 20, 1987
  7. Matured and purified . In: Der Spiegel 5/1988, pp. 172-173.
  8. Sabine Hoffmann: What does Christa Kinshofer (Stern) actually do . Ed .: Stern. No. 1 | 12/30/2015 . Gruner + Jahr GmbH & Co. KG, 2015.
  9. Sport-Bild & Audi present the Ski World Cup '93 - Everything about the exciting races from February 3 to 14 in Morioka (Japan) , Sport-Bild from February 3, 1993, p. 31 ff., 36
  10. ^ Speaker's page by Christa Kinshofer
  11. Christa Kinshofer as ambassador to Laureus ( Memento of the original from September 21, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  12. ^ The ski queen marries Boris' personal physician ., July 19, 2009
  13. Stern No. 1 of December 30, 2015, p. 130 What actually does? Christa Kinshofer PDF file
  14. And after the fall? . Article by Regina Albers on Focus Online , December 10, 2012.