The Most Famous

SKIERS from Switzerland

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This page contains a list of the greatest Swiss Skiers. The pantheon dataset contains 540 Skiers, 42 of which were born in Switzerland. This makes Switzerland the birth place of the 4th most number of Skiers behind Austria and Germany.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Swiss Skiers of all time. This list of famous Swiss Skiers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Swiss Skiers.

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1. Pirmin Zurbriggen (1963 - )

With an HPI of 59.21, Pirmin Zurbriggen is the most famous Swiss Skier.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages on wikipedia.

Pirmin Zurbriggen (born 4 February 1963) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Switzerland. One of the most successful ski racers ever, he won the overall World Cup title four times, an Olympic gold medal in 1988 in Downhill, and nine World Championships medals (4 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze).

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2. Madeleine Berthod (1931 - )

With an HPI of 58.38, Madeleine Berthod is the 2nd most famous Swiss Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Madeleine Chamot-Berthod (born 1 February 1931 in Château d'Oex, Vaud) is a Swiss former alpine skier. Berthod was Swiss Sportspersonality of the year in 1956. She competed at the 1952, 1956 and the 1960 Winter Olympics, winning gold in the women's downhill at the 1956 Games.

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3. Bernhard Russi (1948 - )

With an HPI of 58.08, Bernhard Russi is the 3rd most famous Swiss Skier.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Bernhard Russi (born 20 August 1948) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Switzerland. Born in Andermatt in the canton of Uri, he is an Olympic, World Cup, and World champion in the downhill event.

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4. Vreni Schneider (1964 - )

With an HPI of 57.99, Vreni Schneider is the 4th most famous Swiss Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Verena "Vreni" Schneider (born 26 November 1964) is a retired ski racer from Switzerland. She is the most successful alpine ski racer of her country, the fourth most successful female ski racer ever (after Lindsey Vonn, Annemarie Moser-Pröll and Mikaela Shiffrin) and was voted "Swiss Sportswoman of the Century".

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5. Walter Steiner (1951 - )

With an HPI of 57.66, Walter Steiner is the 5th most famous Swiss Skier.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Walter Steiner (born 15 February 1951) is a Swiss former ski jumper who competed in the 1970s.

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6. Marie-Theres Nadig (1954 - )

With an HPI of 56.88, Marie-Theres Nadig is the 6th most famous Swiss Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Marie-Theres Nadig (born 8 March 1954) is a retired Swiss alpine skier. Aged 17, she won gold medals in the downhill and giant slalom events at the 1972 Winter Olympics. During her career Nadig won 24 world cup races and had 57 podium finishes. At the 1980 Winter Olympics, she was third in the downhill event. After retiring from competitions, between 1999 and 2005 she worked as a national coach.

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7. Simon Ammann (1981 - )

With an HPI of 56.73, Simon Ammann is the 7th most famous Swiss Skier.  His biography has been translated into 40 different languages.

Simon "Simi" Ammann (; born 25 June 1981) is a Swiss ski jumper. He is one of the most successful athletes in the history of the sport, having won four individual Winter Olympic gold medals, in 2002 and 2010, and is the only ski jumper to have achieved the gold double–double at the Winter Olympics. His other achievements include winning the 2007 Ski Jumping World Championships, the 2010 Ski Flying World Championships, the 2010 Nordic Tournament, and the 2010 Ski Jumping World Cup overall title.

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8. Erika Hess (1962 - )

With an HPI of 55.28, Erika Hess is the 8th most famous Swiss Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Erika Hess (born 6 March 1962) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Switzerland. One of the best female racers of the 1980s, Hess had 31 World Cup wins (22 in slalom), four slalom titles (1981–83 and 1985), and two overall titles (1982, 1984). She also won six World Championship gold medals between 1982 and 1987, and took bronze in the slalom at the 1980 Winter Olympics at age 17. Hess missed another medal in 1985, when she led after the first run of the slalom at the "Stelvio" course at Bormio, but failed to finish the second leg. Born in Wolfenschiessen, Nidwalden, Hess' first World Cup start was at age fifteen in Berchtesgaden, West Germany, on January 25, 1978, and her first podium was on December 6, 1979, at Val-d'Isère, France. She retired at age 25 following the 1987 season with 31 World Cup victories, 76 podiums, and 146 top tens in 165 starts. She won six World Cup Slalom Races in a row from January to the season finish in March 1981. Hess was awarded with the »Skieur d’Or« (»The ski racer in gold«, later named "Serge Lang Trophy" - named after Serge Lang - an award given by "The Association Internationale des Journalistes de Ski", an international Consortium of journalists competent for ski sports) on November 22, 1982 (5 points ahead to Phil Mahre). She tied for the slalom title in 1986, but was runner-up to Roswitha Steiner due to the tiebreaker: Steiner had four slalom wins and Hess had two. Her cousin Monika Hess (b. 1964) also was a ski racer. Hess married Jacques Raymond (her trainer); the couple and three sons are living at Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz in Vaud. Henceforward, Erika is organizing races and training camps for upcoming ski racers.

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9. Michela Figini (1966 - )

With an HPI of 54.28, Michela Figini is the 9th most famous Swiss Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Michela Figini (born 7 April 1966) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Switzerland. She is an Olympic, World Cup, and world champion. Figini made her World Cup debut at age 16 in January 1983 and won the downhill at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo at age 17. Through 2014, she remains the youngest Olympic champion in alpine skiing. She won the downhill the following year at the 1985 World Championships. She also came second in the Downhill at the 1987 World Championships, and won a silver medal in the Super-G at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Figini won 26 World Cup races and overall titles in 1985 and 1988, as well as four season titles in downhill, one in Super-G.

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10. Peter Müller (1957 - )

With an HPI of 53.94, Peter Müller is the 10th most famous Swiss Skier.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Peter Müller (born 6 October 1957) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Switzerland.A world champion in 1987 in the downhill, Müller was a silver medalist the downhill in two world championships (1985 and 1989) and two Olympic games (1984 and 1988).Müller won the World Cup season title in the downhill in 1979, 1980, and 1982 (tied with Steve Podborski of Canada). Müeller finished second in the World Cup downhill standings in 1985, 1986, and 1987. His best finish in the overall standings was fourth, which he achieved three times. Müller retired from international competition following the 1992 season with 24 World Cup victories (19 downhill, 2 Super-G, 3 combined). Afterwards he competed in orienteering.

Pantheon has 42 people classified as skiers born between 1931 and 1994. Of these 42, 40 (95.24%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living skiers include Pirmin Zurbriggen, Madeleine Berthod, and Bernhard Russi. The most famous deceased skiers include Corinne Rey-Bellet and Estelle Balet. As of October 2020, 13 new skiers have been added to Pantheon including Madeleine Berthod, Walter Steiner, and Peter Müller.

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