Divina Galica

Divina Galica Mary ( born August 13, 1944 in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England) is a former British athlete. In the late 1960s and early 1970s she was the most successful alpine skier in Britain. Subsequently, she launched a successful career as a racing driver.


Galica took in 1964 in Innsbruck as a 18 -year-old for the first time at the Olympic Winter Games in part. The breakthrough of the extended world top she succeeded then four years later. Between 1968 and 1971 she drove at 15 World Cup races, almost entirely downhill and giant slalom in the top ten. Twice she managed third place with the front runners. With an eighth place in the giant slalom at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble and a seventh in the giant slalom in Sapporo 1972, she cemented her status as one of the most successful racers in the history of British skiing.

Shortly after the withdrawal of the British ski team Galica was invited to a celebrity car race. Your obvious talent led them to build a second career as a motor athlete. Galica went at various kart, sports car and truck race at the start. In 1976, she was even as a fourth driver of the British Surtees - Ford team at the Grand Prix of Great Britain debut in Formula 1, but failed to qualify. Two other trials followed in 1978 as a driver in the team of the eccentric Lord Alexander Hesketh. After two missed qualifications for the season opener but it was replaced by Eddie Cheever.

Galica now works as a vice president of the launched by the former Formula 1 driver Skip Barber Racing School. Because of their sporting achievements, she was accepted into the Order of the British Empire.