Heini Hemmi

Heini Hemmi ( born January 17, 1949 in Chur Walden ) is a retired Swiss ski racer. He won four World Cup Skiing Giant Slalom race and in the 1976/77 season, the small crystal globe for winning the World Cup discipline. The biggest success was winning the gold medal in the giant slalom at the Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck in 1976. His younger brother Christian Hemmi was also skier.


Hemmi was a member from 1969 of the Swiss national team. The first points in a World Cup race he won on January 11, 1970, when he rode to fifth place at the Lauberhorn in Wengen slalom. Nine days later, he improved in the giant slalom in Kranjska Gora on the fourth place. In the seasons 1970/71 and 1971/72 only ever resulted in a countable income. For this reason he also missed qualifying for the Olympic Winter Games 1972. During the years 1973 and 1974, he was never able to classify in the points themselves. Often Hemmi, who was forced to make a risky driving style because of his small stature fell in the second run far back or dropped out, which is why he was nicknamed " Sturzenegger ." However, he was in 1974 the first win of five Swiss champion titles.

A clear upward trend was evident from the season 1974/75. Hemmi scored five results in the top ten and was on 2 March 1975 as the second in the giant slalom at Mount Garibaldi for the first time on the podium. Although he had once again boast three top-10 results at the beginning of the 1975/76 season, Hemmi was not one of the favorites for the Olympic Winter Games 1976. However, on the Axamer Lizum at Innsbruck, he surprisingly won the gold medal in the giant slalom, before Ernst Good and Ingemar Stenmark; after the first run he had stood in third place overall. The Olympic gold medal was the same as the World Champion title. This success could Hemmi on 18 March 1976 confirmed at Mont Sainte -Anne with his first World Cup victory. In addition, he was elected sportsman of the year in Switzerland.

In the 1976/77 season Hemmi was driving at a high level. He won three more Weltucp giant slalom: in Val d'Isere, in Ebnat -Kappel and at Chuenisbärgli in Adelboden. There were two second places and one third place. Together with Stenmark, who had the same score, he decided the giant slalom discipline rating for themselves; in the overall classification, he finished seventh. Less successful Hemmi was in the winter of 1977 /78 at the end of the season were three second and fourth places to book. He also achieved the fourth place in the giant slalom at the 1978 World Cup in Garmisch -Partenkirchen. Was similar to 1978/79 season, in the Hemmi although again able to celebrate a victory, but the second once and third three times and fourth. At the end of the season he declared his withdrawal from professional sports.

The bricklayer Hemmi founded in 1984, the retail company Heval ( the company's name is derived from the last name and his place of residence Valbella ). The company sells fences, nets, goal posts and other accessories for the conduct of ski racing. In 2007 he sold it to Michael Bont, who had been head coach of the Finnish women's national team until then. Today Hemmi presided over the club World Cup Lenzerheide, who is responsible for organizing the World Cup race in Lenzerheide.


Olympic games

  • Innsbruck 1976: 1st Giant Slalom

World Championships

  • Gardena 1970 11 Slalom
  • Innsbruck 1976: 1st Giant Slalom
  • Garmisch -Partenkirchen 1978: 4 Giant Slalom

World Cup ratings

  • Season 1974/75: 6 giant slalom rating
  • 1975/76 season: 9, Giant Slalom rating
  • 1976/ 77: 7th overall, 1st Giant Slalom rating
  • 1977/ 78: 8 Rating, 4 giant slalom rating
  • 1978/79 season: 4 Giant Slalom rating

World Cup wins

Hemmi won four World Cup victories; plus 7 second places and two third places.


  • 5 Swiss Championship: Giant Slalom in 1974, 1975 and 1978; Slalom 1973 and 1976
  • Swiss Sportsman of the Year 1976