Monika Kaserer

Monika Kaserer ( born May 11, 1952 in Neukirchen am GROßVENEDIGER ) is a former Austrian alpine skier. She started in all disciplines and was one of the strongest giant slalom racers of the 1970s. Kaserer won ten World Cup races, eight of them in the giant slalom, and reached a total of 42 podium finishes, decided in the season 1972/1973 the giant slalom World Cup for himself and was in the seasons 1972/1973 and 1973/1974 respectively second in the overall World Cup. There are also other seven top - three finishes in the World Cup discipline as well as in the World Cup. Where major events four times Austrian Champion did not quite measure up to their World Cup results. She won two bronze medals in the combination of the 1974 World Cup in St. Moritz and in the 1978 World Cup slalom in Garmisch -Partenkirchen, while it had no medals at the Olympic Games.


Kaserer took as a small child to ski race and was accepted for a Youth test race at the Kitzsteinhorn 1967 in the junior squad of the Austrian Ski Federation ( Austrians ). After good results in the winter of 1968 (including Salzburg Regional Champion in slalom, second in the slalom of the Youth Cup of the Alpine countries and two second places at the Austrian Youth Championships ), the then 16 -year-old early January 1969 came at the races of the Staufen Cup in the Bavarian town of Oberstaufen, for the first time in the World Cup for use. As a ninth of the giant slalom and the slalom Tenth she immediately won her first World Cup points, which she also managed in seven other races of the winter. In the season 1969/1970, however Kaserer remained without a single point of profit, until the winter of 1970/1971 they again reached several top 10 results, including a fifth place in the giant slalom at Heavenly Valley as the best result of the season.

The breakthrough in the absolute world elite succeeded in Pinzgauerin in the season 1971/1972: She scored on 18 December 1971 at the slalom in Sestriere her first World Cup podium and was until season's end in another slalom and in four giant slaloms also among the fastest three. So she finished fourth in the World Cup, in the giant slalom World Cup second ( behind Annemarie Pröll ) and in the slalom World Cup in seventh place. Even without a medal she remained at the season's peak, the Olympic Winter Games Sapporo in 1972: She was seventh in the slalom, 13th in the giant slalom and 30th in the downhill, which she in the evaluated only as a World Cup competition combination finished fourth.

After two more podium finishes at the turn of 1972/1973, including the second place in the departure of Pfronten their only World Cup podium in that discipline, Kaserer celebrated in slalom SDS- race in Grindelwald on 17 January 1973 her first World Cup victory. Already in the previous year she had won second place in the slalom and seventh in the downhill, the combination of Grindelwald, but which do not count for the World Cup. Just four days later, on January 21, the second World Cup victory followed in the giant slalom at Les Contamines and on 11 February she also won the giant slalom in Abetone. This Kaserer decided in the season 1972/1973 the giant slalom World Cup against her compatriot Annemarie Pröll for herself as she was second behind Pröll in the World Cup, which resulted in winning the crystal globe for the third time. The Slalom World Cup, she finished in third position.

Two more World Cup victories celebrated Kaserer in winter 1973/1974 in the giant slalom in Grindelwald and Vysoke Tatry. Overall, they achieved this season but only three podiums (compared to nine last year), so they in the discipline ratings slightly fell (third in the giant slalom and sixth in the slalom World Cup ). In the overall World Cup but was beaten again only by Pröll, who won with the big lead of 115 points ( Kaserer had as a Second 153 World Cup points ). In the 1974 World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland Kaserer missed while in the individual race in fourth place of departure, fifth in the giant slalom and seventh of the slalom just a medal, but in the calculated from these three disciplines combined score they won behind Fabienne Serrat and Hanni Wenzel bronze.

A total of five podium finishes, including a victory in the last race of the season, the parallel slalom in Val Gardena, on 22 March 1975 Kaserer arrive in winter 1974/1975. Like last year, she was third in the giant slalom and sixth in the slalom World Cup, but in the World Cup they fell back to ninth. Again improve in the standings could Kaserer in the seasons 1975/1976 and 1976/1977, when they finished third in the final standings, respectively. In both years, they each scored two giant slalom victories ( Hasliberg and Mont Sainte -Anne 1976, Megève and Furano 1977) and six additional podium finishes (next slalom and giant slalom in each combination ). In addition to the third place in the World Cup she won in two seasons behind the Swiss Lise -Marie Morerod second place in the giant slalom World Cup. In the slalom World Cup, however, she came 1975/1976 only to tenth, before 1976/1977 again improved to fourth place.

At the Olympic Winter Games 1976 in Innsbruck Kaserer was like four years ago in Sapporo not a medal zoom. In particular, in the giant slalom she counted for among the favorites, was nevertheless stood up to this point in four of the five World Cup giant slalom race of the winter on the podium. At the games, but they finished only sixth in the giant slalom, was added a ninth rank in the downhill. In slalom, she dropped out already after a few gates. Two years later Kaserer won the slalom World Cup 1978 in Garmisch -Partenkirchen with the fastest time in the second run the bronze medal behind Lea Sölkner and Pamela Behr. The day after she was disqualified in the second run of the giant slalom after they had finished the first race in seventh place. In contrast to WM Kaserer for seven years came in the World Cup during the season 1977/1978 for the first time in any slalom among the top three. Even in the giant slalom, their results deteriorated slightly, yet they reached with three podium finishes in fourth place in the giant slalom World Cup. Previously, she spent six years to find the best three of the giant slalom standings. In the overall World Cup was eighth, with which they scored for the seventh time in a row, but at the same time for the last time a top 10 place in the overall standings.

In the season 1978/1979 Kaserer could not build on the results of previous years. It was not until mid-January, she went tenth in the combination of Hasliberg first time in the top 10, a seventh rank in the slalom Pfronten remained her best result of the season. After they had remained in the first months of the winter 1979/1980 at all without top-10 result, Kaserer was not nominated for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, which she announced her retirement from ski racing. At the end of her career in the Austrian Championships at the end of January 1980, in Aspangbahn - Mariensee, where she finished second in the giant slalom. In the years 1973 and 1976 Kaserer had won at the Austrian Championships a total of four titles, which she won in 1973 and 1976 in slalom slalom, giant slalom and combined. In the World Cup they had until January 1978, December, 1971 reached a total of 42 podium finishes in all disciplines, including eight wins in the giant slalom and one each victory in a slalom and a parallel race.

After her career Kaserer graduated from the ski instructors. She worked for 17 years in the ski school Gerlos, several years later than Privatskilehrerin, and was an employee of the Wonder World of Water in Krimml. In 1982, she gave birth to a son. 1999, she was awarded the Golden Medal of Merit of the Republic of Austria.


Olympic Winter Games

  • Sapporo 1972: 7 Slalom, Giant Slalom 13 30 Departure
  • Innsbruck 1976: 6 giant slalom, downhill 9

World Championships

  • Sapporo in 1972: 4 combination, 7 Slalom, Giant Slalom 13 30 Departure
  • St. Moritz 1974: 3 combination, 4th exit, 5, Giant Slalom, Slalom 7
  • Innsbruck 1976: 6 giant slalom, downhill 9
  • Garmisch -Partenkirchen 1978: 3rd slalom

World Cup ratings

World Cup wins

Austrian Championships

Four times Austrian Champion:

  • 2x slalom (1973 and 1976 )
  • 1x Giant Slalom (1976 )
  • 1x Combination ( 1976)

Awards (excerpt)