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75th HAHNENKAMM RACES: 20th until 25th January 2015
1937 - DOWNHILL - THADDÄUS SCHWABL (AUT)
“First Streif course record”
The race course on the Streif was first competed on in its’ present form in January 1937. Schwabl won with a record winning margin of 6.3 seconds ahead of Swiss athlete, Willy Bernath. The first official course record: 3:53,1. No races were held from 1938 – 1945, however, Schwabl triumphed again nine years later in the HKR Downhill of 1946.
1951 - DOWNHILL - CHRISTIAN PRAVDA (AUT)
“A barrier is broken”
The “Father” of the Kitzbühel Ski Wonder Team was the first to break the three minute barrier on the Streif. His winning and record breaking run ended after 2:57 minutes. He topped it off by securing Combined victory with the perfect score of „0“.
1958 - DOWNHILL - ANDERL MOLTERER (AUT)
In addition to three Slalom wins and four Combined victories, Molterer was the fastest on the Streif twice. His victory in 1958 was particularly impressive. The course was obscured by fog from start to finish – no one could catch „Mister Hahnenkamm“.
1966 - DOWNHILL - KARL SCHRANZ (AUT)
“The Arlberg Express”
Just like Franz Klammer Karl Schranz was also victorious on the Streif four times. Schranz even set a new record in 1966. He was 4.03 seconds faster than his compatriot, Egon Zimmermann, in 1963.
1978 - DOWNHILL - JOSEF WALCHER (AUT) AND SEPP FERSTL (GER)
Neither before nor after have two athletes ever shared the top step of the winner’s podium. This was the only ex aequo win the history of the Hahnenkamm Downhill.
1982 - DOWNHILL - HARTI WEIRATHER (AUT)
“First ever in under two minutes”
Over 30 years after Christian Pravda opened the Hahnenkamm Races, they entered a new era with the man who now organizes their marketing. He was the first racer to finish in under two minutes, with a time of 1:57,20. A new record, which would remain unbroken for ten years until 1992.
1984 - DOWNHILL - FRANZ KLAMMER (AUT)
“Comeback triumph after lengthy break”
The Hahnenkamm Downhill victories from 1975 to 1977 all went to the Olympic winner from Austria, Franz Klammer. After a seven year dry spell, Klammer celebrated his fourth triumph on the Streif in 1984. Spectators broke through the barrier fencing in the finishing area, so great was their excitement.
1990 - DOWNHILL - ATLE SKARDAL (NOR)
For the first time in World Cup history, weather conditions forced organizers to create a Downhill Sprint over two heats instead of the classic Downhill Race during the 50th anniversary races of 1990. The winner, Atle Skaardal from Norway, won 0.02 seconds ahead of Austrian, Helmut Höflehner.
1997 - DOWNHILL - FRITZ STROBL (AUT)
“Fastest time ever in HKR history”
1:51,58! The winning time of the Hahnenkamm Downhill of 1997 seems to be truly cast in stone. To this day, no one has managed to beat the 16 year old record set by this Austrian athlete.
2004 - DOWNHILL - STEPHAN EBERHARTER (AUT)
“The race of all races”
The fastest man in training entered the race with start number 30. Only the day before Stephan Eberharter had shown what he was capable of, coming second in the substitute race for Bormio. He skied hard and took a previously untried line on the Hausberg compression, emerging victorious.
2012 –DOWNHILL - DIDIER CUCHE (SUI)
“The most prolific Downhill winner of present times”
Didier Cuche secured the first of his fiver Downhill victories in the Downhill-Sprint of 1998. After that, things went quiet for him on the Streif for a number of years. Victories in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 finally completed his „Kitzbühel-Collection“, setting a new record in the process.
1931 – SLALOM - HANS MARIACHER (AUT)
“1:28:00 The first winning time for the HKR Slalom
The first Hahnenkamm Slalom in history was won by Hans Mariacher from Kitzbühel ahead of Gordon „Mouse“ Cleaver (GB) and Austrian, Hansjörg Schlechter, on a course which had been flagged out by Kandahar winner Bill Braken from Great Britain.
1936 – SLALOM - RUDI MATT (AUT)
“The biggest winning margin of all time”
Rudi Matt from Austria’s Arlberg Region took Hahnenkamm Slalom victory with the best winning margin of all time; He finished in 1:40,55, an incredible 9.35 seconds (!) ahead of Austrian, Kurt Egert.
1962 – SLALOM CHUCK FERRIES (USA)
“The table turner”
The American had the run of his life and secured victory after coming eighth in the first heat. Chuck Ferries was also runner up in the Hahnenkamm Combined. To this day, the only American to have triumphed on the Ganslerhang.
1974 – SLALOM - HANSI HINTERSEER (AUT)
“Last victory for Kitzbühel”
Nobody really expected this double victory by two local lads. Hansi Hinterseer withstood enormous pressure to win his hometown race, almost a second faster than his young Austrian team colleague, Johann Kniewasser. There have been no more winners from Kitzbühel since then.
1979 – SLALOM - CHRISTIAN NEUREUTHER (GER)
“German victory after lengthy dry spell”
Christian Neureuther finally ended the long wait for another German win after Ludwig Leitner’s success of 1963. He triumphed in 1979 ahead of the great Ingemar Stenmark. His son, Felix, managed the same feat in 2010!
1984 – SLALOM - INGEMAR STENMARK (SWE)
“Five wins – one with a giant lead”
What Didier Cuche achieved in the Downhill, Ingemar Stenmark managed in the Slalom. He won the Hahnenkamm Slalom an impressive five times, in 1967, 1977, 1981, 1983 and most recently in 1984. The Swedish athlete had his largest winning margin in 1981, finishing in 1:42.64 – 3.16 seconds ahead of Phil Mahre from the USA.
1987 – SLALOM - BOJAN KRIZAJ (YUG)
“Only win in Kitzbühel”
After ranking fourth in 1980 and third in 1984 and 1985, the Yugoslav’s dream of winning on the Ganslerhang finally came true in 1987. Six hundredths of a second ahead of Mathias Berthold (Austria’s head coach today) and Armin Bittner from Germany.
1991 - SLALOM - MARC GIRARDELLI (LUX)
“Start number 1 means win number 2”
After a prolonged two year period of injury, Marc Girardelli’s win in 1991 for Luxemburg was an emotional one. With start number one he triumphed on the Ganslern for a second time, ahead of Ole Christian Furuseth (NOR) and Austrian Rudi Nierlich.
1995 - SLALOM - ALBERTO TOMBA (ITA)
“Showman on skis”
After this win, Alberto Tomba’s thoughts about retiring were as quickly forgotten as they had emerged. The Italian athlete was able to secure slalom victory eight times during the 1994/95 season and rewrote the record books and Alpine ski history. No one could inspire the masses as well as this attractive Italian.
2000 - SLALOM - MARIO MATT (AUT)
“Rookie with nerves of steel”
It was only the third World Cup Slalom in the young career of the Tyrolean athlete. He put the cat amongst the pigeons by achieving second place with start number 47 in the first run. During the second run, the rookie from Arlberg kept his nerve to win with an impressive 0.97 second lead.
2007 – SLALOM – JENS BYGGMARK (SWE)
„Double hit on the Hahnenkamm“
The weather went crazy and prevented the Downhill from taking place. Two Slaloms, however, were staged in the Downhill finishing area. The young „Viking“ from Sweden, Jens Byggmark, found the new course worked best for him and triumphed on both days.
1931 – COMBINED - GORDON CLEAVER (GBR)
“The one and only British victory at the inaugural races”
After coming 6th in the Downhill and taking second place in the Slalom, Gordon Neil Spencer Cleaver, also known as “The Mouse” from Kandahar Ski Club, became the very first and only winner from Great Britain to feature on the Hahnenkamm Combined winner’s list.
1935 - COMBINED - SIEGFRIED ENGL (AUT)
„The first „0“perfect score“
Kitzbühel athlete Siegfried „Sigi“ Engl distinguished himself in 1935 by being the first to achieve the perfect „0“ score – otherwise known as a “hattrick“ - in the same season. Triumph in the Downhill and Slalom also represent victory in the Combined. Sigi later became the long serving Ski School Manager in the sister city of Sun Valley and the only person from Kitzbühel to enter the US Hall of Fame.
1953 - COMBINED - ANDERL MOLTERER (AUT)
„The first 4 Combined wins“
The “Blond Blitz from Kitz” opened his winning streak at Hahnenkamm. In addition to 2 wins in the Downhill and 3 wins in the Slalom, Anderl was able to secure four successes in the Combined over a period of six years (1953, 1955, 1958, 1959).
1956 - COMBINED - TONI SAILER (AUT)
Before his ultimate triumph at the Winter Olympics in Cortina, this exceptional talent and athlete of the century achieved “Total Victory” at Hahnenkamm in 1956 by winning the big three; Downhill, Slalom and Combined. This feat has only been achieved by seven athletes from 1931 to 1967, the last time in 1967 (!).
1961 – COMBINED – GUY PERILLAT (FRA)
“The end of an era”
After victory in the Downhill and second place in the Slalom, Frenchman Guy Perillat won the Combined event. This was the last „classic“ Combined at Hahnenkamm in which the starting order was determined by the results of the Slalom („Bibo-Regulation“).
1967 - COMBINED – JEAN CLAUDE KILLY (FRA)
„The last „0“perfect score“
As the only athlete besides Toni Sailer to triumph at all Alpine disciplines of the Winter Olympic Games, the attractive Frenchman and successful businessman was the last athlete to achieve triple victory during the Hahnenkamm Race Weekend, winning the Downhill, Slalom and Combined in 1967.
2002 - COMBINED – KJETIL ANDRE AAMODT (NOR)
“Tie with Mr. Hahnenkamm”
After taking the Combined title an impressive three times in 1998, 1999 and 2000, the Norwegian was able to secure his fourth victory in the Combined of 2002. The only person to have achieved this before him with a record breaking nine wins, is none other than Anderl Molterer, the incredible “Mr. Hahnenkamm”.