Kilian Albrecht

Kilian Albrecht (born 13 April 1973 in Au, Vorarlberg, Austria) is a former alpine ski racer from Austria, who started for Bulgaria as of 2006. He is a certified ski instructor diploma and was for several years the best slalom skiers of the Austrian Ski Federation ( Austrians ). He finished his career in the World Cup twice and reached a second place from 2000 to 2005 a total of 18 top- 10 finishes. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, he scored the fourth place in the slalom. After dropping achievements, he was dismissed from the squad of the Austrian Ski Federation. From the season 2006 /07 to 2011 he competed for Bulgaria.


Albrecht was taken at the age of 17 years in the junior squad of the Austrian Ski Federation. He scored a first international success at the Junior World Championship 1992 in Maribor, when he won the bronze medal in the slalom. He then ascended to the B-team. After good results in FIS races he started from the 1993/94 season regularly in the European Cup, where he scored his best performances, first in the giant slalom. With his first victory in the giant slalom at the Kor, he finished equal on points with the Italians Massimo Zucchelli second place in the giant slalom standings and eighth overall. In the 1994/95 season he achieved two victories in the giant slalom in Les Arcs and Villach and a third place in Geilo fourth in the giant slalom standings and third place in the overall European Cup and rose to the A-team of the Austrian Ski Federation. That same winter, he played his first two World Cup races, but where he failed to qualify for the second round itself.

In the European Cup 1995/96 season Albrecht reached with five podium finishes (2x Giant Slalom, Super G and 2x 1x slalom ) was again the third place in the overall standings and punketgleich with Hermann Maier finished third in the super -G standings. This winter he started regularly in the World Cup and took the season opener in the giant slalom in Tignes than 21 points the first. In the overseas races in the United States but was followed by a further two top-30 results, then some races without result. At the end of the winter he scored with 14th place in the Super G in Kvitfjell his best result of the season.

From the winter 1996/97 Albrecht concentrated in the World Cup entirely on the slalom. This had a negative impact on its results of first, because in the 1996/97 season he qualified in only one of eight slaloms for the second pass. The following winter he was able to score at least three times and reached its best result to eleventh place in Veysonnaz. Having been in the season 1998 /99, 15th place in the slalom in Park City his best result was and he could never finished in the top 30 in the slalom World Cup Albrecht was released after this winter from the squad of the Austrian Ski Federation. He coached then at his own costs.

During the next winter Albrecht was able to increase significantly. In the first five slalom of the season 1999/2000 he was not even in the top 20, but on 23 January 2000 he took ninth place in Kitzbühel for the first time into the top ten. With another three top-10 results at the end of the season, he finished 14th place in the slalom World Cup, after which he was taken up again in the Austrian Ski Federation squad. In the 2000 /01 season Albrecht reached as second in the slalom in Sestriere his first podium and with a further four top-10 results he achieved eighth place in the slalom World Cup. But within the strong Austrian team, he could not qualify for the 2001 World Championships in St. Anton am Arlberg in his specialist discipline. Therefore he came at the World Championships only in the combination used, in which he, however, was eliminated in the second slalom run. The next winter began with slightly worse results and several failures. In January he arrived in Kitzbühel again a second place and two days later in the night slalom on the Planai on the seventh rank, which he also participate in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City secured. There Albrecht finished first in the combination eleventh place and ten days later in the slalom fourth, where he missed the bronze medal over Benjamin Raich by only 4 hundredths of a second. In the slalom World Cup he reached the tenth position with a fourth place finish at the season finale in Altenmarkt.

In the next few years deteriorated Albrechts results. Although he was a regular in the points, but top- 10 finishes were becoming less and podiums were made ​​at all. In the season 2002/ 03 Albrecht went three times into the top ten, with his best result was a fifth place in the slalom of Yongpyong. In the winter of 2003/ 04 there were only two top-10 results and after he came in the 2004/05 season only once among the fastest ten and failed in four out of eight World Cup races, he again lost his Austrian Ski Federation cadres belonging. In the summer of 2005 Albrecht Nations was planning a move to the United Arab Emirates. This plan failed, however, and so he could once again complete six World Cup races for the Austrians in the 2005/06 season, but it only reached a 18th and a 19th place, which he achieved no permanent return to the Austrians.

In order not to have to end his career was Albrecht in December 2006 for citizens of Bulgaria and drove from the 2006 /07 for Bulgaria. On 18 December 2006, he completed his first World Cup race of the Bulgarian Ski Federation, but precipitated out in the first round. Even in his other six World Cup races this winter he never came in the second round. Nevertheless, he was nominated for the 2007 World Championships in Åre, where he first turned out in the giant slalom, but reached the 13th place in the slalom. In addition, he was Bulgarian champion in slalom. In the 2007 /08 season Albrecht scored the first World Cup points for his new association. He came in five out of ten Slalom is the fastest 30, with his best result was the 20th place in Zagreb. His Bulgarian league title he successfully defended. In the 2008 /09 season he scored three top -20 results and its best result on the 17th place in Kitzbühel. At the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isere he fell out in the first slalom run. Since joining the Bulgarian Ski Federation Albrecht starts again reinforced in the European Cup, where he scored two podiums this winter. Also in the 2009/10 season he reached the podium in the European Cup as he scored in the World Cup only once as at 21 Ganslernhang in Kitzbühel. In the slalom the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, he finished 20th place. Then Kilian Albrecht had his career actually already been completed, but in the 2010/11 season he returned once to the races. First, he participated in the World Cup slalom in Kitzbuehel in part, in which he did not finish the race, and then at the 2011 World Championships in Garmisch -Partenkirchen, where he finished in 26th place. After that, he played with the Slalom in Bansko Bulgaria - for the first time since 1984 has performed the Men's World Cup in Bulgaria - his last World Cup race, in which he, however, failed again.

2009 Albrecht was elected for four years as chairman of the Athletes' Commission of the International Ski Federation. Successor was cross-country skier Kikkan Randall 2013.


Olympic games

  • Salt Lake City 2002: 4th slalom, 11 combination
  • Vancouver 2010: 20th slalom

World Championships

  • Åre 2007: 13 Slalom
  • Garmisch -Partenkirchen 2011: 26 Slalom

World Cup

  • Season 2000/ 01: 8 Slalom World Cup
  • Season 2001/ 02: 10th World Cup slalom
  • 2 podiums, a further 16 top-10 results

Junior World Championships

  • Maribor 1992: 3rd slalom, giant slalom 13, 34 departure

European Cup

  • Season 1993/94: 8th overall, 2nd Giant Slalom
  • Season 1994/95: 3rd overall, 4 Giant Slalom
  • Season 1995/96: 3rd overall, 3rd Super -G
  • 5 wins

Other successes

  • 2 wins in Nor- Am Cup
  • 2 wins in the Far East Cup
  • 1 victory in the Australia New Zealand Cup
  • 2 Bulgarian championship (slalom in 2007 and 2008 )
  • 2- times Austrian Youth Champion ( Giant Slalom and Super -G 1992)
  • Austrian Vice Champion in 1995 and 2000 Slalom and Super- G 1996
  • Gold medal in the slalom at the Universiade 1999
  • 17 wins in FIS races