Sylvia Eder

Sylvia Eder ( born August 24, 1965 in St. Johann in Tyrol ) is an Austrian former alpine skier. She took in all disciplines at World Cup races in part, was initially successful in the downhill and the combination and later specialized in the disciplines of Super -G and giant slalom. Eder won three silver medals at world championships and two races in the World Cup - at a distance of nearly 13 years. To date, she is the youngest winner of a World Cup downhill. In the season 1987/1988 she finished second in the Super- G World Cup.


Sylvia Eder was born in St. Johann in Tirol and grew up in Leogang in Salzburg. Her younger sisters Elfi, which drove many years in the World Cup, and Birgit, who won two medals at the World Junior Championships, but had to end her career after a torn ACL early, were also ski racers. Eder drove her first children's race at the age of five years. In 1977 she won in her age group the giant slalom of the Trofeo Topolino. As a 14 -year-old she was admitted to the junior squad of the Austrian Ski Federation ( Austrians ). At the Junior European Championships in 1981 and the Junior World Championships 1982, she won a total of three medals, one in gold ( combined 1981), silver ( combination 1982) and bronze ( downhill, 1981). On 8 February 1981, the then 15 - year-old came in the combination of Zwiesel to their first World Cup competition. The race she finished in 15th position. A month later she had already reached the fifth place in their second World Cup start in the departure of Aspen. In 1981, she was also the first time Austrian Champion in slalom and in the combination. By 1987, they won seven national championships. On January 18, 1982 Eder was third in the departure of Bad Gastein for the first time on the podium of a World Cup race. A day later, she celebrated at the age of 16 years in the second departure of the silver jug race in Bad Gastein her first World Cup victory. It is thus the youngest winner to date a World Cup downhill. In the subsequent 1982 World Cup in Schladming they came after failures in the combination and the giant slalom but only as the 18th departure to the destination.

In the following years Eder stayed with numerous top -10 results, and multiple podiums at a high level, where first the departure and the combination remained their strongest disciplines. In winter 1983/1984, it reached two podiums in Megève and Mont Sainte -Anne in seventh place in the downhill World Cup - their best overall result in this discipline. In the previous year she had finished seventh in the Combined World Cup. The 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo ran with 13th place in the downhill and 34th in the giant slalom for her rather disappointing. Successful she was in the World Cup 1985 in Bormio. Fifth place in Combination slalom and sixth in the combined downhill, she won behind the Swiss Erika Hess the silver medal in the combination. In addition, it has been decades in the downhill and slalom at the Twelfth. Also in the 1987 World Championships in Crans -Montana Eder won the silver medal in the combination - again behind the Swiss Hess. Furthermore, they achieved fifth place in the Super G, sixth in the downhill and 16th place in the giant slalom.

In the World Cup Eder reached while still several top 10 results, but from 1984/1985 to 1986/ 1987, she had no place on the podium. Such she succeeded again until November 28, 1987, third place in the Super G in Sestriere. Two weeks later, she finished second in the Super G in Leukerbad. Finally, she reached the second place in the Super - G World Cup in 1987/ 1988. From the mid- 1980s it had become increasingly transformed from a downhill runner and combination to a super-G and giant slalom skier. However, at the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary in 1988 she went only ranked 25th in the super -G. The Olympic combination she finished in twelfth position. In the 1988/1989 season Eder was an injury not quite connect to the previous results, therefore it was also missing at the World Championships in 1989. During the winter 1989/1990 they again did not podium, only towards the end of the season 1990/1991, from which it practically is exclusively concentrated on Giant Slalom and Super -G, she went as a third party of the giant slalom of Lake Louise back into the top three. At the 1991 World Championships in Saalbach -Hinterglemm, close to her home village Leogang, they had five weeks earlier, finished seventh in super -G and 15th place in the giant slalom. The giant slalom World Cup she finished this winter in fifth place.

Always get a World Cup podium place went to Eder in the seasons 1991/1992 and 1992/1993: On March 15, 1992, she was third in the Super- G of Panorama and on January 16, 1993 Third in the Super- G in Cortina d' Ampezzo. In two years, she finished fifth in the super - G World Cup. The greatest success of this year they celebrated at the 1993 World Championships in Morioka Shizukuishi when she won the silver medal in the Super G behind the German Katja Seizinger. She was also 13th in the giant slalom. At Olympic Games Eder never get top results. In 1992, she had occupied ninth place in the giant slalom in Albertville and Lillehammer in 1994 she was 14th in the giant slalom and 15th in the super -G.

After Eder was left again without a World Cup podium in winter 1993/1994 and reached the top 5 rankings until the end of season two, she succeeded at the beginning of the season 1994/1995 but still no longer expected by many second World Cup victory: On 3 December 1994 she stood in the Super G Vail by a margin of just two hundredths of a second on her team mate Veronika Maier stable for the second time on the top step of the podium - almost 13 years after her first World Cup victory. In the rest of the winter they no longer drove taking the fastest five, but in the super - G World Cup they reached at least the sixth. Due to disagreements with their ski company - they got no contract offered for them acceptable - Eder finished in the summer of 1995 her career. She married and became a mother of two daughters.


Olympic Winter Games

  • Sarajevo 1984: 13 Downhill, Giant Slalom 34
  • Calgary 1988: 12 combination, 25 Super -G
  • Albertville 1992: 9 Giant Slalom
  • Lillehammer 1994: 14 Giant Slalom, Super -G 15

World Championships

  • Schladming 1982: 18 Departure
  • Bormio 1985: 2 combination, 10 downhill, slalom 12
  • Crans -Montana 1987: 2 combination, 5 Super G, Downhill 6, 16 Giant Slalom
  • Saalbach -Hinterglemm 1991: 7 Super -G, Giant Slalom 15
  • Morioka Shizukuishi 1993: 2 Super -G, Giant Slalom 13

Junior World and European Championships

  • Loka 1981: 1 combination, 3rd exit, 4th Slalom, Giant Slalom 6
  • Auron 1982: 2 combination, 4th exit, 7th Slalom, Giant Slalom 8

World Cup

  • Season 1982/1983: 7 Combined World Cup
  • Season 1983/1984: 7 downhill World Cup
  • Season 1986/1987: 6 Combined World Cup
  • Season 1987/1988: 2 Super - G World Cup
  • Season 1990/1991: 5th World Cup Giant Slalom, Super - G World Cup 9
  • Season 1991/1992: 5 Super - G World Cup
  • Season 1992/1993: 5 Super - G World Cup
  • Season 1993/1994: 10 Super - G World Cup
  • Season 1994/1995: 6 Super - G World Cup

Austrian Championships

  • Sylvia Eder is seven times Austrian Champion: 1x Departure ( 1987)
  • 2x giant slalom (1985, 1986)
  • 1x Slalom (1981 )
  • 3x combination (1981, 1983, 1987 )