Karin Buder

Karin Buder ( born July 28, 1964 in Sankt Gallen, Styria ) is an Austrian former alpine skier. She became world champion in slalom in 1993.


Buder learned to ski at the age of four years. After she managed over the Styrian squad advancing in the Austrian Ski Federation cadres, they already came as a 16- year-old in the 1980/81 season in SchrunsTschagguns to their first World Cup competition, but fell in the first round out. After that they started mainly in the European Cup. Her first World Cup points they won in the 1982/83 season, best result of the season was the tenth place in the slalom of Davos on January 11, 1983. This year they also won their first European Cup races and was Austrian Champion in slalom.

In the next two years, Buder was mainly in the European Cup and it won in the 1984/85 season with three victories and six other podium finishes overall and slalom standings. From the season 1985/86 she was back in the World Cup at the start and reached on 5 December 1986 with third place in Waterville Valley for the first time the podium. With three other top ten places she was at the end of the season 1986/87 Tenth slalom standings. The highlight of this winter was the World Cup in Crans -Montana, where they finished fourth.

In the season 1987/88 they could not initially connect to their previous year's results and failed due to the internal team to qualify for the Olympic Games in Calgary. In the following winter you get no excellent results and so they could not participate in the World Championships in Vail, but was in 1989 for the second time Austrian slalom champion.

In the 1989/90 season, their results improved significantly and it has established itself in the World Cup. Overall Buder came six times in the top five and celebrated in the slalom Stranda on March 11, their first and only World Cup victory. So she reached the fourth place in the slalom standings. In the 1990/91 season, she was twice fifth and qualified for the World Championships in Saalbach -Hinterglemm, fell there, but from the first pass. In the final classification, she came in tenth place in the slalom standings. The 1991/92 season began with several top ten places and at the Olympic Games in Albertville she reached the fifth place in the slalom. A little later she succeeded in the World Cup slalom in Sundsvall third place and they finished second in the slalom rating sixth. At the end of this winter, it was the third time Austrian Champion.

In the 1992/93 season Buder succeeded on January 17 in Cortina d' Ampezzo, the next place on the podium, she came further into the top five twice. The absolute highlight of her career came at the 1993 World Championships in Morioka Shizukuishi. Prior to the U.S. American Julie Parisien and the Austrian Elfi Eder she became world champion in slalom. At the end of the season Buder gave her resignation, but this decision was for some time fixed.

Sporting successes

Olympic Winter Games

  • 1992 Albertville: 5 Slalom

World Championships

  • Crans -Montana 1987: 4 Slalom
  • Morioka Shizukuishi 1993: 1st slalom

World Cup

  • Season 1986/87: 10 slalom rating
  • 1989/90 season: 4 slalom rating
  • Season 1990/91: 10 slalom rating
  • Season 1991/92: 6 slalom rating
  • 1 win (slalom in Stranda on March 11, 1990), another 4 podiums

European Cup

  • Season 1984/85: 1st overall, 1st slalom rating
  • A total of 5 wins, 4x Second, 2x Third

Austrian Championships

  • Three times Austrian Champion in slalom in 1983, 1989 and 1992