Karen Putzer

Karen Putzer ( born September 29, 1978 in Bolzano ) is an Italian alpine skier. The South Tyrolean is three -time junior world champion and won an Olympic and two World Championship medals. Your strongest disciplines are super -G and giant slalom, where she won a total of eight World Cup races.


Karen Putzer grew up in Nova Levante, where she still lives today. The daughter of a ski instructor was three years old the first time on skis. It proved to be a great talent and won the Trofeo Topolino 1991. On January 23, 1995, as a 16 -year-old first time participating in a World Cup race. The following year she was in Giant Slalom Junior World Champion in high -Ybrig. Three more junior world title in super-G, giant slalom and combined followed in 1997 in Schladming.

On January 23, 1998, she reached the third Super -G in Cortina d' Ampezzo first podium in a World Cup race. However, both the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano and at the Junior World Championships 1998 Megève they could not meet the expectations. Her breakthrough came in the next season; December 19, 1999, she won her first World Cup race with the Super -G in St. Moritz.

In the World Ski Championships 2001 in Sankt Anton am Arlberg Karen Putzer won two medals, silver in the giant slalom and bronze in the combination. Another medal was added for the third place in the Super- G at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. 2002/ 03 they had their best season in the World Cup. With five victories they reached the second place in the standings, in the giant slalom standings she was beaten by a single point at the end of Sweden's Anja Parson.

In the following winter Karen Putzer could deny only two races. After a torn ACL she had to pause during the entire 2003/04 season. In 2005, she was able to come up with several placings in the top ten and a podium finish again establish itself among the world leaders. The best result of the season 2005/ 06 was an eighth place, after the season they had to undergo hip surgery. In January 2007, she succeeded with the victory in the giant slalom in Cortina d' Ampezzo a comeback.

In the next winter, Putzer had hip replacement surgery after four World Cup races but again undergo. In the 2008/2009 season, they had no record result, a ninth place in the giant slalom in Maribor was her best result. Due to ongoing health problems they refrained from winter 2009/10 on race participants.


Olympic games

  • Nagano 1998: 23 Giant Slalom, Super -G 28
  • Salt Lake City 2002: 3 Super -G, Giant Slalom 10
  • Turin 2006: 14 Giant Slalom

World Championships

  • Vail / Beaver Creek 1999: 21 Giant Slalom, Super -G 25
  • St. Anton 2001: 2 Giant Slalom, 3 combination, 14 Super -G
  • St. Moritz 2003: 6 Giant Slalom, Downhill 20, 24, Super -G
  • Santa Caterina 2005: 6 Giant Slalom, Super -G 14
  • Åre 2007: 24 Giant Slalom
  • Val d'Isere 2009: 20 Giant Slalom

Junior World Championships

  • Voss 1995: 5 Giant Slalom, Downhill 43
  • High -Ybrig 1996: 1st Giant Slalom, Slalom 21
  • Schladming 1997: 1st Giant Slalom, Super-G 1, 1 combination, 10 downhill, slalom 18
  • Megève 1998: 4 Super -G, Giant Slalom 5th, 28 downhill, slalom 34

World Cup

  • 2nd Place Overall World Cup 2002/ 03
  • 2nd place Giant Slalom World Cup 2002/ 03
  • 3rd place Super - G World Cup 2002/ 03
  • 4th place Giant Slalom World Cup 2000/ 01
  • 5th Place Super - G World Cup 2001/ 02

A total of 16 podiums, including 8 victories:

Other successes

  • Six Italian championship: 5x giant slalom (1995, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005 ) and 1x Combination ( 1999)
  • Military and police world champion in giant slalom in 2003
  • Two victories in the European Cup, the victory in the Nor- Am Cup and South American Cup
  • Two victories in FIS races (both in the giant slalom )