Only in 1987 at the legendary World Championships in Crans-Montana (14 medals, 8 gold medals) and two years later in Vail (11 medals, 3 gold medals) was the Swiss Ski Team even more successful than this year in Veneto. Even if you take into account that no team event and no parallel races have been held before, the Swiss record in Cortina is great compared to other championships. Eight of the nine medals were won in the classic alpine disciplines of downhill, super-G, giant slalom and combined. “You can’t compare the world championship races today with those of the 1980s.
The power density is unbelievably high today, ”says Alpine Director Walter Reusser.
With two gold and one bronze medals, Lara Gut-Behrami in Cortina was one of the most successful athletes. For more than a decade, the Ticino woman has guaranteed medals at world championships for the Swiss Ski Team. Back in 2009 in Val d’Isère, when she was 17 at the time, she won two World Championship silver medals – in downhill and combined. After winning the World Cup titles in Super-G and giant slalom in Cortina, Gut-Behrami has won two golds, three silver and three bronze medals. In terms of the number of World Cup medals, she surpassed Erika Hess, who was six times world champion and also won bronze again. Vreni Schneider won six precious metals at world championships. For the men, the record is nine World Cup podium places – achieved by Pirmin Zurbriggen from 1985 to 1989 (four gold, four silver, 1x bronze).
The Swiss women won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Only 34 years ago in Crans-Montana was the Swiss-Ski women’s alpine team even more successful (8 medals, 5 of which were gold).
Loïc Meillard, on the other hand, brought about a kind of anniversary by winning the World Cup bronze in the combination of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Romand is the 50th World Cup medalist among Swiss Alpine Men in World Cup history.
The whole team, from the trainers to the physiotherapists to the service people – what they have all achieved is sensational. I am proud to be able to work with this team. ”