The Most Famous

SKIERS from Switzerland

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This page contains a list of the greatest Skiers. The pantheon dataset contains 541 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 Skiers of all time. This list of famous 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 Skiers.

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1. Simon Ammann (1981 - )

With an HPI of 50.51, Simon Ammann is the most famous Skier.  His biography has been translated into 42 different languages on wikipedia.

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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2. Pirmin Zurbriggen (1963 - )

With an HPI of 50.44, Pirmin Zurbriggen is the 2nd most famous Skier.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

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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3. Bernhard Russi (1948 - )

With an HPI of 49.28, Bernhard Russi is the 3rd most famous Skier.  His biography has been translated into 19 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 48.35, Vreni Schneider is the 4th most famous Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 33 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. Madeleine Berthod (1931 - )

With an HPI of 46.06, Madeleine Berthod is the 5th most famous Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Madeleine Chamot-Berthod (born 1 February 1931) is a Swiss former alpine skier. She was born in Château d'Oex, Vaud. 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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6. Walter Steiner (1951 - )

With an HPI of 45.95, Walter Steiner is the 6th most famous Skier.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

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

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7. Marie-Theres Nadig (1954 - )

With an HPI of 45.94, Marie-Theres Nadig is the 7th most famous Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 23 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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8. Yvonne Rüegg (1938 - )

With an HPI of 45.37, Yvonne Rüegg is the 8th most famous Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Yvonne Rüegg (born 2 August 1938) is a Swiss former alpine skier. At the 1960 Winter Olympics, she won the gold medal in giant slalom.She was born in Chur.

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9. Lara Gut-Behrami (1991 - )

With an HPI of 44.78, Lara Gut-Behrami is the 9th most famous Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 42 different languages.

Lara Gut-Behrami (née Gut; Italian pronunciation: [ˈlaːra ˈɡut]; born 27 April 1991) is a Swiss World Cup alpine ski racer who competes in all disciplines and specializes in the speed events of downhill and super-G. She won the gold medal in the Super-G event at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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10. Renée Colliard (1933 - )

With an HPI of 44.45, Renée Colliard is the 10th most famous Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Renée Colliard (born 24 December 1933 in Geneva) is a Swiss former alpine skier. At the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, she became Olympic champion in Slalom.

Pantheon has 57 people classified as skiers born between 1920 and 1997. Of these 57, 51 (89.47%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living skiers include Simon Ammann, Pirmin Zurbriggen, and Bernhard Russi. The most famous deceased skiers include Hedy Schlunegger, Edy Reinalter, and Edmund Bruggmann. As of April 2022, 15 new skiers have been added to Pantheon including Yvonne Rüegg, Renée Colliard, and Hedy Schlunegger.

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Newly Added Skiers (2022)

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Which Skiers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 5 most globally memorable Skiers since 1700.