Trude Klecker

Trude Klecker ( born February 7, 1926 in Semmering ) is a former Austrian alpine skier. In the first half of the 1950s, she celebrated numerous victories in international races and won seven Austrian Championship title. In 1954 she became world champion in slalom.


Trude spills went as a child after several sports, including the skiing, which she learned at age five. She comes from a sports-loving family, her mother Christine was a successful luger. During her school years of skiing was to become the favorite sport. In her youth she had no coach and taught himself the professional skiing in the domestic Hirschkogel. After the war, she began a study in Vienna, adopted for the Academic Ski Club participated in his first race in 1948 and already third in the giant slalom at Arosa.

Due to their double burden with studies and sports spills abolished only in 1950 at the age of 24 years, inclusion in the national team of the Austrian Ski Federation. In 1950, she was Austrian Vice Champion in downhill, a year later she managed that even in all four disciplines. In 1951 she celebrated her first victory in international racing in giant slalom and in the combination of Auron. In the season 1951/52, she won the combination in Zermatt and was in the same place second in giant slalom and downhill. At the Olympic Winter Games in Oslo in 1952 she reached the fourth place in the giant slalom, in the downhill but only 24th place.

In the season 1952/53, Klecker was the absolute top runner. They won all three competitions at the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel, won the combination at the Arlberg - Kandahar race in St. Anton and slalom races in the SDS- Grindelwald. They also won in 1953 all Austrian championship runs. In the winter of 1953/54, she has succeeded in slalom and in the combination of Oppdal two more wins and at the 1954 World Cup in Åre, Sweden, she celebrated her greatest successes: In the descent, she won the silver medal and was just barely the Swiss Ida Creator inferior. In the giant slalom, however, she came to bad runs only on rank 27 and thus missed the chance for a medal combination. In the slalom spills won with over a second ahead of the Creator and became world champion. On 19 March 1954 she was elected to the Austrian Sportswoman of the Year 1953.

In winter 1954/55 spills could not connect to their good results and did not reach top positions. Also in the 1955/56 season, the Lower Austrian remained winless at international competitions, but won the Austrian championship in the giant slalom and in the combination. The Winter Olympic Games 1956 in Cortina d' Ampezzo was also right on disappointing: In the slalom allowed the reigning World Champion after a botched giant slalom did not start in the downhill, she was twelfth. In the season 1956/57, you get several more podium finishes, including second place in the departure of Zermatt and the third places in slalom and combined at the Arlberg - Kandahar race in Chamonix. At winter's end, she announced her retirement from ski racing.

After the end of their careers spills completed her studies at the University of Vienna and spent over 20 years as a German teacher in Italy. There she also met her future husband know.

Sporting successes

Olympic Winter Games

  • Oslo 1952: 4 Giant Slalom, Downhill 24
  • Cortina d' Ampezzo in 1956: 12 Downhill, Giant Slalom 33

World Championships

  • Oslo 1952: 4 Giant Slalom, Downhill 24
  • Åre 1954: 1 Slalom, 2nd exit, 6 combined, 27 giant slalom
  • Cortina d' Ampezzo in 1956: 12 Downhill, Giant Slalom 33

Austrian Championships

Trude spills won a total of seven Austrian championship: