Isolde Kostner

Isolde Kostner ( born March 20, 1975 in Bolzano, South Tyrol ) is an Italian former Alpine skier and the most successful athlete from Val Gardena. Around the turn of the millennium the South Tyrolean was one of the best athletes in the disciplines of downhill and Super -G. She won three Olympic medals, was twice World Champion and twice decided the downhill standings of the world cup for himself. In her career, she scored 15 victories (12 downhill runs, three super -G) and 51 podium finishes in World Cup races. The figure skater Carolina Kostner is a niece of the second degree.


Father Ulrich Kostner was professional hockey player when HC Val Gardena, which is why daughter Isolde during their childhood often played together with her ​​two brothers. Soon, however, her talent for skiing apparent. At the age of 16 she was accepted into the C- squad of the Italian Ski Federation, and began to deny FIS races. At the Junior World Championship 1993 Kostner won the gold medal in the Super -G and was then able to transfer directly into the national team. Your first mission in the World Cup they had on December 4, 1993 in Downhill in Tignes she drove to 11th place and picked right off the bat World Cup points.

On January 29, 1994 Kostner surprisingly won the downhill in Garmisch -Partenkirchen; However, this success was overshadowed by the accidental death of the Austrian Ulrike Maier during the race. In the subsequent 1994 Winter Olympics, she won in Kvitfjell in the downhill and super-G bronze medal each. Their first World Cup season she finished in 4th place of the departure date. In the following season 1994/95 she managed not a victory, but was able to confirm this achievement with three podiums and fifth place of departure Cup.

Three weeks after the second downhill victory on the " Tofana " in Cortina d' Ampezzo Kostner won at the World Championships in 1996 in the Sierra Nevada in the Super -G and won her first World Championship title. In addition, two sixth places came in downhill and giant slalom. The Super - G World Champion title she successfully defended in the World Cup 1997 in Sestriere, in fourth departure she missed another medal just barely. After another win in Cortina Kostner was one of the most frequently mentioned favorites for a medal win at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, but an eleventh place in the downhill was their best result.

Kostner tried to compensate by increased giant slalom training their weaknesses on technically challenging routes, because they thus hoped a chance to win the overall World Cup. But was this training at the expense of their skills on flat Gleitpassagen so that they could not win a victory in the 1998/99 season and also in the 1999 World Cup in Vail again remained without winning a medal. Before the season 1999/2000 they clashed with the Association, with Kostner could enforce their demand for a personal trainer. As a result, you get four wins.

At the 2001 World Championships in St. Anton succeeded Kostner almost, as the first athlete in history to become world champion for the third time in a row in the same discipline; ultimately failed her to just six hundredths of a second, so it behind Régine Cavagnoud won the silver medal. The World Cup season 2000/ 01 they finished with three wins and first place in the downhill standings. In the World Cup season 2001 /02, Kostner was once again the world's best Abfahrerin. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City Kostner was flag bearer for the Italian team during the opening ceremony, in the downhill, she won another silver medal.

When downhill training at Lake Louise in December 2002 plunged Kostner and retired while a shoulder injury. Then she had to pause for several weeks and was unable to repeat the previous performance. Similarly bad first began the following season 2003/ 04, but then she succeeded on January 31, 2004, a victory in the departure of the house in the Enns Valley; however, it should be her last. The 2004/05 season they finished with a single podium.

On 10 January 2006 Kostner said the immediate resignation of top-level sport, as the reason they gave to a pregnancy. Her son was born on 9 July 2006. Three months later she married Werner Perathoner, whom she had met five years earlier. Today, the trained barrel painter passes together with your husband whose garnihotel Soraiser in Selva.


Olympic games

  • Lillehammer 1994: 3rd exit, third Super -G
  • Nagano 1998: 11 Super -G
  • Salt Lake City 2002: 2nd exit, 13th Super -G

World Championships

  • Sierra Nevada 1996: 1 Super -G, Downhill 6, 6 Giant Slalom
  • Sestriere 1997: 1 Super -G, downhill 4, 7 Giant Slalom
  • Vail / Beaver Creek 1999: 6 Super -G, downhill 9
  • St. Anton 2001: 2 Super -G, downhill 5
  • St. Moritz 2003: 9 Downhill, Super-G 18
  • Santa Caterina 2005: 5 Super -G, downhill 10

Junior World Championship

  • Maribor 1992: 7 Super G, 9 Giant Slalom, Downhill 13
  • Monte Campione 1993: 1 Super -G, 6 combination, 8 Giant Slalom, Slalom 25

World Cup

World Cup ratings:

  • Season 1993/94: 4 downhill World Cup
  • Season 1994/95: 5 Downhill World Cup
  • 1995/ 96: 4th overall World Cup, 3rd World Cup downhill, super- G World Cup 4
  • Season 1996/ 97: 5 Overall World Cup super- G World Cup 4, 6 Downhill World Cup
  • Season 1997/ 98: 8 Overall World Cup, 3rd Downhill World Cup, 3rd Super - G World Cup
  • Season 1998/99: 5 Downhill World Cup
  • Season 1999/ 00: 4th overall World Cup, 3rd World Cup downhill, super- G World Cup 5
  • Season 2000/ 01: 6 Overall World Cup, first downhill World Cup, 6 Super - G World Cup
  • Season 2001/ 02: 6 Overall World Cup, first downhill World Cup
  • Season 2003/ 04: 4 downhill World Cup

World Cup victories:

Italian Championships

Isolde Kostner is twelve-fold Italian Champion:

  • Super -G ( 7): 1992, 1995-2000
  • Departure ( 4): 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999
  • Giant Slalom ( 1): 1996


  • World Sports Archives, Issue 49 /2004 ( Munzinger archive)