Sabine Ginther

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Sabine Ginther Alpine skiing
nation AustriaAustria Austria
birthday 3rd February 1970
place of birth Ehenbichl
discipline Downhill , Super-G , giant slalom ,
slalom , combination
society Hornbacher SV
status resigned
End of career 1993
Medal table
Junior World Championship 6 × gold 2 × silver 0 × bronze
FIS Alpine Ski Junior World Championships
gold Hemsedal 1987 combination
gold Madonna di Campiglio 1988 Super G
gold Madonna di Campiglio 1988 Giant slalom
gold Madonna di Campiglio 1988 combination
gold Aleyska 1989 Departure
gold Aleyska 1989 Super G
silver Hemsedal 1987 Departure
silver Madonna di Campiglio 1988 Departure
Placements in the Alpine Ski World Cup
 Individual World Cup debut November 26, 1988
 Individual world cup victories 6th
 Overall World Cup 2. ( 1990/91 )
 Downhill World Cup 2. (1990/91)
 Super G World Cup 8. (1990/91)
 Giant Slalom World Cup 24. ( 1989/90 )
 Slalom World Cup 11. ( 1991/92 )
 Combination World Cup 1. (1990/91, 1991/92)
 Podium placements 1. 2. 3.
 Departure 3 2 2
 Super G 0 0 1
 slalom 1 0 0
 combination 2 1 1

Sabine Ginther (born February 3, 1970 in Ehenbichl ) is a former Austrian ski racer . She was junior world champion six times and overall European Cup winner in the 1988/89 season , won six World Cup races and came second in the overall World Cup in the winter of 1990/91 . After several injuries, she ended her career in 1993.


Ginther started skiing at the age of four and was Austrian student champion in giant slalom in 1983 and 1985 in their respective age groups. After their inclusion in the squad of the Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV) celebrated their participation in the Junior World Championships , the first major international success: they won in 1987 in Hemsedal the combination and was second in the downhill, arrived in 1988 in Madonna di Campiglio first three places in Super-G, giant slalom and combined, as well as a second place in the downhill and won in 1989 in Aleyska another two gold medals in downhill and super-G. At the same time she was working her way up to the top in the European Cup , won the overall and downhill classification in the 1988/89 season and came second in the giant slalom classification. In addition, she was two-time Austrian youth champion in downhill and combined in 1989.

Ginther made her debut in the World Cup on November 26, 1988 in the Super-G on the Schladminger Planai , where she finished 14th with start number 50 and won her first World Cup points straight away. From then on she was regularly used in the World Cup, played her first full World Cup season in 1989/90 and made it into the top 10 for the first time on January 28, 1990 as tenth of the giant slalom in Santa Caterina . Her breakthrough to the top of the world came in the 1990/91 season when she was third in the combination of Morzine and two weeks later in both downhill and combined in Bad Kleinkirchheim . Ginther was one of the great hopes for a medal in Austria at the 1991 World Cup in Saalbach-Hinterglemm , but remained without precious metal. She took sixth place in the downhill and was eliminated in the second round of the combination slalom after she had won the combination downhill. In the World Cup, she celebrated her first victories after the World Championships, when she won two downhill runs in Lake Louise and Vail in March 1991 , which brought her to second place in both the overall World Cup and the Downhill World Cup.

Four more World Cup victories were added in the 1991/92 season : Ginther won slalom and combined in Schruns in mid-January and downhill and combined in Grindelwald in early February . Shortly thereafter, however, she had a hard fall in training for the departure of the 1992 Winter Olympics , where she broke her second lumbar vertebra and suffered severe knee injuries. After the compulsory break, Ginther initially did not achieve any further top results in the next winter of 1992/93 until she was third on the podium on January 22, 1993 on the downhill run from Haus im Ennstal . After another injury in the run-up to the 1993 World Cup , she announced her retirement from top-class sport a little later at the age of 23. Ginther completed the state ski instructor training, married the ski trainer Thomas Schädle and became a mother of two.


World championships

World Cup ratings

Sabine Ginther won the discipline classification twice in the combination.

season total Departure Super G Giant slalom slalom combination
space Points space Points space Points space Points space Points space Points
1988/89 78. 2 - - 29 2 - - - - - -
1989/90 49. 21st 27. 5 24. 6th 24. 10 - - - -
1990/91 2. 195 2. 122 8th. 28 27. 6th 27. 4th 1. 35
1991/92 6th 746 7th 248 55. 4th 25th 70 11. 224 1. 200
1992/93 28. 281 22nd 134 34. 22nd 36. 29 41. 36 6th 60

World Cup victories

Ginther achieved 13 podiums, including 6 wins:

date place country discipline
March 9, 1991 Lake Louise Canada Departure
March 15, 1991 Vail United States Departure
January 12, 1992 Schruns Austria combination
January 12, 1992 Schruns Austria slalom
February 1, 1992 Grindelwald Switzerland Departure
2nd February 1992 Grindelwald Switzerland combination

European Cup

  • 1988/89 season : 1st overall European Cup, 1st downhill classification, 2nd giant slalom classification, 6th slalom classification
  • 1989/90 season : 4th Super-G rating
  • 5 wins:
season place country discipline
1988/89 In Pongau Austria Departure
1988/89 In Pongau Austria Departure
1988/89 Jasná Czechoslovakia Giant slalom
1988/89 Mountains Germany slalom
1989/90 House in the Ennstal Austria Super G

Junior World Championships


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Sabine Ginther won medals at Austrian school championships. ÖSV winner board, accessed on September 3, 2012.
  2. Sabine Ginther won medals at Austrian youth championships. ÖSV winner board, accessed on September 3, 2012.
  3. Seven among the fifteen . In: Arbeiter-Zeitung . Vienna November 28, 1988, p. 20 ( - the open online archive - digitized version).
  4. Always go in full . In: Der Spiegel . No. 8 , 1992 ( online - Feb. 17, 1992 ).