Gertrud Gabl

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Gertrud Gabl Alpine skiing
nation AustriaAustria Austria
birthday August 26, 1948
place of birth St. Anton am Arlberg , Austria
date of death January 18, 1976
Place of death St. Anton am Arlberg
discipline Slalom , giant slalom
society Arlberg Ski Club
End of career 1972
Placements in the Alpine Ski World Cup
 Individual world cup victories 7th
 Overall World Cup 1. ( 1968/69 )
 Downhill World Cup 19. (1968/69)
 Giant Slalom World Cup 3. (1968/69)
 Slalom World Cup 1. (1968/69)
 Podium placements 1. 2. 3.
 Giant slalom 2 1 3
 slalom 5 4th 1

Gertrud Gabl (born August 26, 1948 in St. Anton am Arlberg , † January 18, 1976 there ) was an Austrian ski racer . She celebrated seven World Cup victories and won the overall and slalom World Cup in the 1968/69 season .


Gabl came to skiing at an early age, her father Josef and her uncle Franz were successful skiers. In the Ski Club Arlberg was quickly recognized her talent and soon rose to the Tyrolean state team and later in the national team.

After several successes in the youth field, u. a. Slalom victory at the Austrian youth championships in Grafenast near Schwaz , she won the Austrian championships in slalom and in combination in 1967. In the same winter, she also got her first points in the World Cup . Her breakthrough came in the 1968 season . After she had made it onto the podium for the first time five days earlier with second place in the slalom of the Staufen Cup in Oberstaufen , she won her first World Cup race on January 11, 1968, the slalom of the SDS race in Grindelwald . At the Olympic Games in Grenoble , the medal candidate did not achieve top results. In the slalom she failed, in the giant slalom and in the downhill she only finished ninth and twelve. In the World Cup, however, she won the two races in Heavenly Valley at the end of the season and thus still reached seventh place in the overall standings, in the slalom she was second, tied with French Florence Steurer .

World Cup overall and slalom discipline victory

The 1968/69 season was her most successful. With three slalom victories and one giant slalom victory, Gabl not only won the Slalom World Cup, but also became Austria's first overall World Cup winner . That this also succeeded in the same year for the men, Karl Schranz , also from St. Anton , is still unique in the Ski World Cup today. Gabl also won some competitions that were not (or only partially) part of the World Cup this winter, such as the slalom and (thanks to eighth place in the World Cup downhill) the combination of the Arlberg-Kandahar , which was held in her home town at the end of January Race .

In the 1969/70 season , Gabl was far from able to follow up on their previous year's successes and fell back to 16th place in the overall World Cup. At the highlight of the season, the World Championships in Val Gardena , she narrowly missed the podium twice with fourth place in slalom and fifth in giant slalom. Before the 1970/71 season , she decided to continue her running career. She again reached several podium places and improved to ninth place in the overall World Cup, in the giant slalom she was fourth overall. In the following winter, however, her results deteriorated again and she also had no success at the Olympic Games in Sapporo . She could not finish both the slalom and the giant slalom.

After this disappointing season for her, Gabl retired from top-class sport at the age of only 23 and shortly afterwards married a German businessman. On January 18, 1976, she was on a ski tour with him on the slopes of the Vorderen Rendl near St. Anton when an avalanche broke off. Gabl was buried and could only be recovered dead.


winter Olympics

World championships

World Cup ratings

Gertrud Gabl won the overall World Cup and the discipline classification in slalom in the 1968/69 season .

season total Departure Giant slalom slalom
space Points space Points space Points space Points
1967 18th 20th - - 19th 2 11. 18th
1968 7th 121 - - 4th 51 2. 70
1968/69 1. 131 19th 3 3. 53 1. 75
1969/70 16. 45 - - 13. 20th 15th 25th
1970/71 9. 87 - - 4th 50 8th. 37
1971/72 19th 23 - - 19th 8th 12. 15th

World Cup victories

date place country discipline
January 11, 1968 Grindelwald Switzerland slalom
5th April 1968 Heavenly Valley United States Giant slalom
April 6, 1968 Heavenly Valley United States slalom
4th January 1969 Oberstaufen Germany slalom
7th January 1969 Grindelwald Switzerland slalom
16th February 1969 Vysoké Tatry Czechoslovakia Giant slalom
17th February 1969 Vysoké Tatry Czechoslovakia slalom

Austrian championships

Gertrud Gabl became Austrian champion five times :

  • Slalom: 1967 , 1968 , 1969
  • Giant slalom: 1968
  • Combination: 1967


  • In St. Anton we will remember the first Austrian overall World Cup winner:
    • the Gertrud-Gabl-Weg
    • a sculpture at the valley station of the Rendlbahn

Web links


Individual evidence

  1. "Youth: Matt and Gabl" . In: Arbeiter-Zeitung . Vienna February 23, 1965, p. 11 ( - the open online archive - digitized).
  2. bottom right: "Gabl drives on" . In: Arbeiter-Zeitung . Vienna September 16, 1970, p. 13 ( - the open online archive - digitized).
  3. St. Anton bows to a great sportswoman. Print edition of the Tiroler Tageszeitung dated December 27, 2019, accessed on the same day.