Thomas Dreßen

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Thomas Dreßen Alpine skiing
Thomas Dreßen dressing the German team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang
nation GermanyGermany Germany
birthday 22nd November 1993 (age 26)
place of birth Garmisch-Partenkirchen
size 188 cm
Weight 100 kg
job Customs sergeant
discipline Downhill , Super-G , combination
society Mittenwald Ski Club
status active
Medal table
Junior World Championship 0 × gold 2 × silver 0 × bronze
FIS Alpine Ski Junior World Championships
silver Roccaraso 2012 Giant slalom
silver Jasná 2014 Departure
Placements in the Alpine Ski World Cup
 Individual World Cup debut January 28, 2015
 Individual world cup victories 5
 Overall World Cup 8. ( 2017/18 )
 Downhill World Cup 2. ( 2019/20 )
 Super G World Cup 9. (2019/20)
 Combination World Cup 8. (2017/18)
 Podium placements 1. 2. 3.
 Departure 5 0 2
 Super G 0 0 3
last change: March 14, 2020

Thomas Dreßen (born November 22, 1993 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen ) is a German ski racer who specializes in the speed disciplines. Dreßen is a member of the DSV A-team and belongs to course group Ia. His greatest success so far is the victory in the Hahnenkamm run in Kitzbühel in 2018.


Junior period

After completing primary school in Mittenwald , Dreßen moved to Austria because of better training and funding opportunities . He first attended the Neustift ski school in the Stubai Valley and later the Saalfelden ski school .

In December 2008, at the age of 14, he completed his first FIS race . On January 21, 2011, at the age of 17, he made his European Cup debut at the giant slalom in Oberjoch . However, he did not finish in the first run. At the Junior World Championships in 2011 , he achieved places in the middle of the starting field. He achieved his first European Cup points and at the same time his first, and only until 2018, podium place on January 10, 2012 in Sarntal , Italy , when he finished second in the Super-G. At the Junior World Championships in Roccaraso in 2012 , he surprised everyone by winning the silver medal in the giant slalom. In the combination , he just missed the podium as fourth. He also achieved top 10 placements in the downhill and Super-G.

After a few top 10 places in the 2012/13 season in the European Cup , he fell short of expectations at the 2013 Junior World Championships . In the spring of 2013 he graduated from high school with the Matura . In August 2013 he became a member of the Zoll Ski Team , which at the time also included the German World Cup top drivers Felix Neureuther , Maria Höfl-Riesch and Viktoria Rebensburg . In the 2013/14 season he took part in FIS races , European Cup races and two races of the Australian New Zealand Cup, but could not drive in any race among the top ten. In March 2014 he took part in the Junior World Championships for the fourth time . In Jasná he came second in the downhill and thus secured his second medal at the Junior World Championships. In the giant slalom, he just missed the podium in fourth.

First years in the World Cup

On February 21, 2015 Dreßen made his debut in the World Cup and finished the downhill run from Saalbach-Hinterglemm in 39th place. At the beginning of the summer preparation for the 2015/16 season, he was promoted to the B-team and course group Ia. On November 28, 2015, he got his first World Cup points on the descent from Lake Louise .

In the 2016/17 season, Dreßens performance continued to increase. So he drove into the points in the first five of six World Cup races that he contested. After constant performance, he improved even further at the World Championships in St. Moritz . In the Super-G he retired after a good interim, but surprisingly came 12th in the following downhill and a good 14th in the combination. At the end of the season, Dreßen's trip to Kvitfjell was particularly worthwhile . There he was able to achieve his best World Cup result in the first downhill as 6th. He also knew how to impress on the following day as eleventh on the second descent.

Breakthrough in the 2017/18 season

The series of good results also continued in the 2017/18 season . On December 2, 2017, Dreßen finished third in the Downhill on the Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek , achieving his first podium finish in a World Cup race. This was followed by a fifth place each on the Pista Stelvio in Bormio and on the Lauberhorn run in Wengen . On January 20, 2018, Dreßen celebrated the greatest success of his career to date by winning the Hahnenkamm run on the Streif in Kitzbühel . This was also his first World Cup victory and the first victory of a German on the Streif since Sepp Ferstl in 1979. For the German men it is also the first victory in a downhill race since Max Rauffer in 2004 in Val Gardena .

A few weeks later, on March 11th, Dreßen achieved his second World Cup victory on the descent from Kvitfjell. Two victories in one season have not yet been achieved by a German in the downhill, and after Sepp Ferstl and Markus Wasmeier (two each) he is only the third German to have achieved more than one victory in the downhill in the World Cup. At the World Cup final in Åre , he finally secured third place in the downhill classification. This meant the most successful performance of a German athlete since Franz Vogler in 1967. In addition, with third place in the Super-G, he also achieved his first podium place in this discipline.

Season cancellation and comeback

Dreßen started the following season 2018/19 solidly with a seventh and a ninth place in the downhill and the Super G of Lake Louise. In the next race, the downhill in Beaver Creek on November 30th, 2018, however, he fell heavily after the interim fastest time and slipped into the safety nets. In this fall he suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and a dislocation of the shoulder. This ended the season prematurely for him.

Exactly one year to the day after his serious fall, Dreßen made his comeback and surprisingly won the descent from Lake Louise two hundredths of a second ahead of Dominik Paris . Almost three weeks later he confirmed this result with a third place in the Super-G of Val Gardena; it was his second podium in this discipline. On January 18, 2020, he came third in the downhill run in Wengen; this is the first time since 1992 that a German was on the podium in the downhill on the Lauberhorn. On February 1, 2020 he celebrated his fourth World Cup victory on the downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen - the first success of a German on the Kandahar downhill since the triumph of Markus Wasmeier in 1992. Just two weeks later he won despite a serious mistake in the upper part of the route is the descent from Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Dreßen is the first German to win two consecutive World Cup downhill races. The next day, on February 14, 2020, he clinched his tenth World Cup podium with third place in the Super-G.


Dreßen is in a relationship with an Austrian and lives with her in Scharnstein, Upper Austria .

In autumn 2005 Dreßen's father Dirk died in an accident in Sölden when a helicopter lost a 750 kg concrete container over a cable car. In memory of his father, Dreßen wears the number 44 on the left and right of his ski helmet for twice the fourth letter of the alphabet D - his father's initials.


Olympic games

World championships

World Cup ratings

season total Departure Super G combination
space Points space Points space Points space Points
2015/16 109. 31 43. 16 - - 30th 15th
2016/17 68. 102 25th 69 31. 29 39. 4th
2017/18 8th. 672 3. 446 11. 163 8th. 63
2018/19 89. 65 35. 36 34. 29 - -
2019/20 9. 602 2. 438 9. 164 - -

World Cup victories

Dreßen has achieved 10 podiums in the World Cup so far, including 5 wins:

date place country discipline
20th January 2018 Kitzbühel Austria Departure
March 10, 2018 Kvitfjell Norway Departure
November 30, 2019 Lake Louise Canada Departure
February 1, 2020 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany Departure
February 13, 2020 Saalbach-Hinterglemm Austria Departure

European Cup

  • 2 podium places
  • Season 2011/12 : 92nd overall, 17th Super-G
  • 2012/13 season : 102nd overall, 59th downhill, 37th Super-G, 41st giant slalom
  • 2013/14 season : 108th overall, 61st downhill, 54th Super-G, 35th giant slalom, 41st combination
  • Season 2014/15 : 56th overall, 38th downhill, 44th Super-G, 33rd giant slalom, 6th combination
  • Season 2016/17 : 107th overall, 26th Super-G

Junior World Championships

More Achievements

Web links

Commons : Thomas Dreßen  - Collection of Images
  • Thomas Dreßen in the database of the International Ski Association (English)
  • Thomas Dreßen in the database of Ski-DB (English)
  • Thomas Becker: A poisonous emotional driver. In: January 20, 2018:
    "After a quarter of a century of lull, Thomas Dreßen is the downhill skiers' first great hope for a medal. Two Austrians have patiently formed a powerful German team. The next challenge awaits in Kitzbühel at the Hahnenkamm race. "

Individual evidence

  1. A copy of the birth certificate was deposited in support
  2. Thomas Dreßen. ( Memento from January 25, 2015 in the web archive ). At: Portrait.
  3. ^ FIS database: First FIS race.
  4. ^ FIS database: First European Cup race.
  5. a b Customs ski team: Thomas Dreßen.
  6. Ski sensation in Kitzbühel. Thomas Dreßen wins on the Hahnenkamm. Spiegel Online, January 20, 2018, accessed January 20, 2018 .
  7. Back in Munich: ski racer Thomas Dreßen - no double cruciate ligament tear., December 2, 2018, accessed on December 2, 2018 .
  8. Dreßen with a perfect comeback: Victory and German record. Die Welt, November 30, 2019, accessed November 30, 2019 .
  9. Dreßen third on the Lauberhorn descent., January 18, 2020, accessed on January 18, 2020 .
  10. Dreßen triumphs on the "Kandahar"., February 1, 2020, accessed on February 1, 2020 .
  11. Thomas Dreßen wins the descent in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Augsburger Allgemeine, February 13, 2020, accessed on February 15, 2020 .
  12. ^ Podium for Dreßen ski racers., February 14, 2020, accessed on February 15, 2020 .
  13. Scharnstein is happy with the Streif winner. In: January 20, 2018, accessed January 20, 2018 .
  14. Thomas Dreßen: Kitzbühel as a children's birthday party. In: January 16, 2018, accessed January 17, 2018 .