Petra Kronberger

Petra Kronberger ( born February 21, 1969 in St. Johann im Pongau, Salzburg ) is an Austrian former alpine skier. It was 1992, two time Olympic gold medalist and 1991 world champion in the downhill. Three times won the overall World Cup and was the first alpine ski racer who could win victories in all five disciplines.

Sporting career

Kronberger began at the age of three years with the skiing and soon won her first children's race. She attended the Skihauptschule Bad Gastein and Schladming Skihandelsschule. In 1982, she was in her age group Austrian student champion in giant slalom and combined, two years later in the slalom. Also in 1982 she won the Trofeo Topolino. 1984 Kronberger was included in the squad of the Austrian Ski Federation ( Austrians ) and began to run in the European Cup. In the 1985/86 season they reached there, the sixth in the super -G standings, 1986/87 they finished fifth of departure and the Seventh Super-G standings. They celebrated the first major success at the Junior World Championship in 1987 with second place in the giant slalom. In addition, it was established in 1987 triple Austrian Junior Champion in downhill, slalom and combined.

In 1987 Kronberger rose to the Austrian Ski Federation 's national team and played on November 26, her first World Cup race, the slalom in Sestriere. Two weeks later, in the departure of Leukerbad on December 11, she was 15 and won the first World Cup points. On 14 January 1988 she drove in the departure of Zinal for the first time on the podium, in the combination of Bad Gastein they reached a little later also in third place. Thus, the 18 -year-old still managed a nomination for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. There, she took on the descent as best Austrian sixth place in the combination she came in eleventh place in the giant slalom and ranked 14th

The 1988/89 season was quite mixed for Kronberger. Although they reached the World Cup points in all disciplines, but a third place in the combination of Altenmarkt was by far her best result this season. Also at the World Championships in 1989 in Vail they remained seventh in the combination, eight place in the Super -G and twelfth place in the downhill behind their expectations. At winter's end, she was Austrian Champion in the Super- G and giant slalom.

During the 1989/90 season Kronberger rose to the very top runner. On 16 and 17 December, she celebrated on the descents of panoramic their first two World Cup victories. Thanks to four additional wins ( 2x Giant Slalom, 1x slalom and 1 combination ), she won ahead of her teammate Anita Wachter the overall World Cup and was the first non by the then dominant Swiss team Asked winner since 1984 and the first Austrian since Annemarie Moser -Pröll 1979. With a total of eleven podium finishes they came in all discipline World Cups in the top ten, three times even under the best three. After these achievements, she was awarded in 1990 by the International Association of Ski Journalists with the Skieur d'Or.

In the 1990/91 season the superiority Kronbergers was even clearer. In December and January, she won a total of eight races ( each 2x downhill, super -G and slalom and giant slalom and 1 each in combination ). Thus she became the first runner who won in all disciplines and also the first to succeed this feat in one season. At the 1991 World Championships in Austria Saalbach -Hinterglemm Kronberger was the absolute top favorite and contender for several gold medals. On the descent, it was these expectations will fully respond and won by 47 hundredths ahead to the Frenchwoman Nathalie Bouvier. Three days later burst in the Super- G, but all hopes of further successes. After best interval Kronberger crashed just before the finish difficult, though still slid across the finish line in sixth, but had to pause after four weeks. The overall World Cup they won anyway with the huge lead of 117 points for time on the second placed Sabine Ginther. In slalom, she won the small crystal and placed himself in any other discipline ratings among the top seven.

Also in the 1991/92 season went Kronberger total of eight times in the top three, but was only in two runs at the top of the podium. Yet they won, as in the two previous years the overall World Cup and also reached in the other discipline ratings good results. The highlight of the season presented the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville is where Kronberger was the double Olympic champion. In combination, they won with the victory in the downhill and third place in the slalom consider the gold medal in the special slalom, she sat down with two good runs at the top. In the super -G she missed only a hundredth of a second the podium in the downhill she came in fifth place. Only in the giant slalom, she had to record a loss in the first round.

At the beginning of the 1992/93 season Kronberger reached only in slalom in Steamboat Springs the podium and came two more times in the top ten. On 28 December 1992, the 23 -year-old was in the middle of the season their resignation. Substance it has the with " lack of motivation ". Although she complained even during the summer too little rest, yet this step for many was very surprising. Because of their great successes Kronberger was honored in 1990, 1991 and 1992 as Austria's Sportswoman of the Year.

Life after sport

After her career as an active athlete Kronberger took the Matura after, studied in Salzburg German literature and art history and worked as an Assistant Professor. They lived for a time in Berlin and Hamburg, since the divorce from her husband, she returned to live in the city of Salzburg. Kronberger was in adult education and as an art leader, about the Salzburg Museum or at the fortress Hohensalzburg, active and part of the organizing committee for the World Cup 2013 in Schladming. Since 2005 Kronberger is also passionate singer: She is just as active as in the Klangscala in the Salzburg Cathedral Choir. She was also part of the 2012 National Theatre production of La Traviata.


Olympic games

  • Calgary 1988: 6 departure, 11 combination, 14 Giant Slalom
  • 1992 Albertville: 1 slalom, 1 combination, 4 Super -G, downhill 5

World Championships

  • Vail 1989: 7 combination, 8 Super -G, downhill 12
  • Saalbach -Hinterglemm 1991: 1 departure, 6 Super -G

Junior World Championships

  • Halls / Hemsedal 1987: 2 Giant Slalom, Slalom 5

World Cup ratings

Petra Kronberger won the World Cup three times, to even the score in the slalom discipline.

  • 1987/ 88: 3 combination, exit 10
  • Season 1988/89: 5 combination
  • Season 1989/90: 1st overall, 2nd exit, 3 giant slalom, third combination, 4 Super -G, Slalom 10
  • Season 1990/91: 1st overall, 1st Slalom, Super-G, 2nd, 3rd exit, 4 combination, 7 Giant Slalom
  • Season 1991/92: 1st overall, 2nd exit, 4th Slalom, 6 combination, 8 Super -G

World Cup wins

A total of 16 individual World Cup victories in all five disciplines ( downhill 6x, 3x Giant Slalom, Slalom 3x, 2x Super -G, 2x combination ). In addition, 7 times second and 12 times third parties.

European Cup

  • Season 1985/86: 6 Super -G standings
  • 1986/87 season: 5th exit rating, 7 Super -G standings

Austrian Championships

  • Austrian Champion in Giant Slalom and Super- G 1989


  • Austrian Sportswoman of the Year: 1990, 1991 and 1992
  • Skieur d'Or: 1990
  • Grand Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria: 1992