Hedy Schlunegger

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Hedy Schlunegger Alpine skiing
nation SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
birthday March 10, 1923
place of birth Wengen
date of death July 3, 2003
Place of death Grindelwald
discipline Downhill , slalom , combination
society SC Wengen
Medal table
Olympic games 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
World championships 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings winter Olympics
gold St. Moritz 1948 Departure
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
gold St. Moritz 1948 Departure

Hedwig ("Hedy") Schlunegger (born March 10, 1923 in Wengen ; † July 3, 2003 in Grindelwald ) was a Swiss ski racer . She was seven times Swiss champion and 1948 Olympic champion in the downhill .


Hedy Schlunegger grew up with six older siblings in the Café Oberland in the Wengen district of In Gassen . Her father, who died in 1939 in Lobhorn , was a frequent mountain guide and all the children had to support their mother in the café. Schlunegger made the way back from the milk transport in winter on skis, which she later referred to as her training. There was hardly any time for real ski training. Later she took a job as a service employee on Kleine Scheidegg , where she also met her future husband. In winter, she always managed the way back to Wengen on skis.

Hedy Schlunegger first appeared in ski racing at the beginning of the 1940s, after her older brother Hans Schlunegger was a successful ski racer in the 1930s. As a junior, she won the downhill run of the Swiss Ski Championships in Grindelwald in 1942 with a time six seconds faster than the best senior Erna Steuri and became Swiss champion for the first time . Shortly afterwards, she took third place in the downhill race at the France-Switzerland ski competition in her home town of Wengen. The next winter Schlunegger again won the junior downhill at the Swiss Championships in 1943 in Arosa . This time, however, she remained almost six seconds behind the best senior citizen and Swiss champion Antoinette Meyer . With a second place in the slalom, however, she won the Swiss championship title in the alpine combination. In 1944, now starting in the senior class, she secured the title of Swiss downhill champion for the second time in Gstaad .

In 1946 (in Davos ) and 1947 (in Wengen) Schlunegger became two-time Swiss champion in downhill and combined, with which she won a total of seven championship titles in her career - more than any other before her at that time. In 1947 she achieved fourth place in the slalom and combined as well as fifth in the downhill at the Arlberg Kandahar races in Mürren .

In 1948 Schlunegger first achieved second place in the downhill race of the SDS races in Grindelwald, before celebrating her greatest success in St. Moritz : At the 1948 Winter Olympics , despite a fall in the cannon barrel section , which did not cost her much time, eight tenths of a second ahead of Austrian Trude Jochum-Beiser Olympic champion and world champion in the downhill. In the combination slalom, she finished 15th, making it eighth in the combination. Soon after, she retired from ski racing.

In 1949, Hedy Schlunegger married the mountain guide and gamekeeper Christian Kaufmann, with whom she lived in his home town of Grindelwald. Between 1950 and 1953 three daughters were born, two of whom also took part in ski races. In 1959 the Kaufmann-Schlunegger couple opened a sports shop in Grindelwald, which they ran until 1992. Schlunegger's husband died in 1996 and her nephew and his wife died in 1999 when the Café Oberland was buried in an avalanche . Hedy Kaufmann-Schlunegger died in July 2003 at the age of 80. Her granddaughter Martina Schild also became a successful ski racer.


winter Olympics

(also counted as world championships)

Swiss championships

  • Seven times Swiss champion :
    • 4 × downhill (1942, 1944, 1946 and 1947)
    • 3 × combination (1943, 1946 and 1947)


  • 2nd place in the downhill race of the SDS races in Grindelwald in 1948

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary Hans Schlunegger. In: Downhill Only. The Annual Journal of the Downhill Only Club. Vol. 1, No. 6, November 1948, p. 18.
  2. 36th Swiss ski race in Grindelwald. In: Yearbook of the Swiss Ski Association, Volume XXXVIII, 1942. pp. 38–50.
  3. Country ski competition France-Switzerland. In: Yearbook of the Swiss Ski Association, Volume XXXVIII, 1942. Pp. 60-64.
  4. 37th Swiss ski race in Arosa. In: Yearbook of the Swiss Ski Association, Volume XXXIX / XL, 1943/1944. Pp. 118-125.
  5. 38th Swiss ski race in Gstaad. In: Yearbook of the Swiss Ski Association, Volume XXXIX / XL, 1943/1944. Pp. 130-142.
  6. 40th Swiss ski race in Davos. In: Yearbook of the Swiss Ski Association, Volume XLI, 1947. pp. 72–78.
  7. 41st Swiss ski race in Wengen. In: Yearbook of the Swiss Ski Association, Volume XLI, 1947. pp. 80–85.
  8. ^ Hermann Nussbaumer: Victory on white slopes. Balance of alpine skiing. 9th expanded edition, Trauner Verlag, Linz 1977, ISBN 3-85320-176-8 , leaflet 4 (without page number).
  9. ^ Arnold Kaech : Olympic Winter Games St. Moritz 1948. In: Yearbook of the Swiss Ski Association, Volume XLII, 1948. P. 6–34 and 65–70.