Erika Hess

Erika Hess ( born March 6, 1962 in Engelberg ) is a former Swiss ski racer.


In the 1980s, the versatile skier dominated Alpine skiing for women, an Olympic gold medal but they never reached in her illustrious career. She won in 1982 and 1984, the overall World Cup and won a total of 31 times in World Cup race. She also won from 1981 to 1983 and 1985 World Cup in slalom discipline, beyond the 1984 World Cup in Giant Slalom and Alpine combined.

Successful Hess was particularly at World Ski Championships. So it was in 1982 three times in a house in the Enns Valley World Champion in the Alpine combined, giant slalom and slalom at the World Ski Championships. In the World Ski Championships 1985 in Bormio they won in the combination and was also after the first run of the slalom in the lead before they retired but then in the second run. At the end of her career, she again won at the World Ski Championships 1987 in Crans -Montana gold in the combined and slalom.

Your only Olympic medal she won at the Winter Games in Lake Placid 1980, the bronze medal in the slalom ( behind Hanni Wenzel and Christa Kinshofer ).

Erika Hess was elected in 1982 to the Swiss sportswoman of the year and awarded by the International Association of Ski Journalists with the Skieur d'Or. It is with Jacques Reymond, her former coach, married, has three sons and lives in Saint- Légier -La Chiésaz in the canton of Vaud. Today they organized races and training camps for junior ski racers.

Her two years younger cousin Monika Hess was also a skier.


Olympic games

  • Lake Placid 1980: 3rd slalom
  • Sarajevo 1984: 5 Slalom, Giant Slalom 7

World Championships

  • Garmisch 1978: 9 Giant Slalom
  • Schladming 1982: 1st Giant Slalom, Slalom 1, 1 combination
  • Bormio 1985: 1 combination, 11 Giant Slalom
  • Crans -Montana 1987: 1 combination, 1 slalom, downhill 7

World Cup

Erika Hess has twice won the World Cup (1982, 1984), plus six more wins in discipline ratings.

Overall, Erika Hess has won 31 World Cup races (21 slalom, giant slalom 6, 4 combinations ). There are also 27 second places and 18 third places.


Giant Slalom