Hans Pieren

Hans piers ( born January 23, 1962 in Adelboden ) is a retired Swiss ski racer. He belonged to the late 1980s and early 1990s, the world's best giant slalom riders. Since his retirement in 1993, he has been an entrepreneur, coach and World Cup FIS race director.

Sports career

Shortly before his 20th birthday Create piers on January 19, 1982 for the first time at a World Cup event, the giant slalom at Chuenisbärgli in his birthplace of Adelboden. He classified himself as 15 and thus took his first World Cup points. Three years later he improved to the same place on the 5th Place and established himself as a driver, but does not achieve a top result of regularly among the top 15 went on.

On December 13, 1987 piers went on the Gran Risa in Alta Badia first time out the podium. The best result in the World Cup, two second places to beech, on January 4, 1992, Kranjska Gora and eighteen days later in Adelboden. In the 1991/92 season he was behind Alberto Tomba 's second best driver in the Giant Slalom World Cup.

Piers took twice each part in world championships and Olympic Games, but did not win any medal. At the Olympic Winter Games in 1992 he reached the 11th place at the 1993 World Championships in Morioka he was in the same discipline fifth in the giant slalom in Val d'Isere. End of the 1992/93 season he stepped back from professional sports.

Entrepreneur, coach, race director

1991 Pierens ski company Atomic had its serviceman deducted as a result of restructuring, after which he had to prepare his own racing skis. He did so even after the brand change to Rossignol, which he acquired expertise in this area. This he used the end of 1992, before his resignation, establishing a transit trade for ski waxes, special tools, sportswear and accessories. Since 1992, piers also organizes training camps for young people.

During the ski season 1993/94 piers athletes representative was at World Cup races in the technical disciplines. The resulting knowledge he uses since then as race director of the World Cup races in Adelboden. From 1999 to 2001 he served as head coach of the Swiss women's team. His tenure covered 13 World Cup victories by a number of Swiss athletes and the giant slalom world champion title by Sonja Nef.

The FIS appointed piers in the spring of 2005 the race director of the giant slalom and slalom competitions in the World Cup of women. Two years later, he moved from the women -to the men's race in order to better organize the World Cup event in Adelboden.


Olympic games

  • Calgary 1988: 14 Giant Slalom
  • 1992 Albertville: 11 Giant Slalom

World Championships

  • Crans -Montana 1987: 8 Giant Slalom
  • Morioka 1993: 5 Giant Slalom

World Cup

  • 1987/ 88: 6 Giant Slalom World Cup
  • 1991/92 season: 2nd Giant Slalom World Cup
  • 3 podiums, 23 more finishes in the top ten

Other successes