Gafner reached the European Cup in 1985/1986 season second overall in their specialized discipline departure. In the World Cup, she celebrated her first major success when they surprisingly won on 10 January 1987, start number 35, the departure of Mellau prior to their already acclaimed as the winner countrywoman Maria Walliser. Previously Gafner was exceeded in any World Cup races into the top 15 and had not won a World Cup points. With eleventh place in the last downhill of the season 1986/1987 in Vail Gafner was able to score for the second time in the World Cup, which they have already reached the tenth place in the downhill World Cup this winter.
Mid- January 1988, access Gafner with two seventh places in the two departures from Zinal back two top-10 results, before the departure of the silver jug race in Bad Gastein celebrated a week later their second World Cup victory and finally in winter 1987/1988 Seventh in the downhill World Cup been. Not, however, in the special departure, but in the combination - After her second World Cup victory Gafner was also the first time at a major event, the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary in 1988, are used. However, the started with number one Gafner was eliminated in the combined downhill and remained without result. Two weeks after the Olympic Games, on March 4, 1988, Gafner suffered in a fall in the World Cup downhill from Vail injuries in both knees. Even her colleagues Maria Walliser and Vreni Schneider fell and suffered knee injuries. After these three serious falls and because of heavy snowfall and poor visibility, the race was stopped and repeated the next day.
On January 12, 1989 Gafner was in second departure from Grindelwald for the third time on the podium of a World Cup race. The next day, she finished fourth in the second exit at the same place. At the World Championships in 1989 in Vail Gafner came on January 30 in the first downhill training, however, again to fall and suffered serious injuries in his right knee, which is why the second season was premature for it to end in a row. After the next season 1989/1990 was unsuccessful and they could not score in the World Cup, Gafner stepped back from active ski racing in 1990.
- Season 1986/1987: 10 Downhill World Cup
- Season 1987/1988: 07 Downhill World Cup
- Season 1988/1989: 11 Downhill World Cup
- 3 podiums, including two victories:
- 1985/1986 season: 7th overall, 2nd exit summary