Gretchen Fraser

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGretchen Claudia•Fraser (Kunigk-)
Used nameGretchen•Fraser
Born11 February 1919 in Tacoma, Washington (USA)
Died17 February 1994 in Sun Valley, Idaho (USA)
Measurements163 cm / 53 kg
AffiliationsSun Valley Ski Club, Sun Valley (USA)
NOC United States


Gretchen Fraser first became known as a top skier years before the 1948 Olympics. She won the first revival of the Silver Belt trophy in 1940, won the 1941 National Alpine Combined, and the 1942 National Slalom titles. At St. Moritz in 1948, Fraser took another slalom title and her proficiency in the technical event helped her to an overall second place in the alpine combined. For her performance she was awarded the National Ski Association’s Beck International Trophy After retiring from competition, Gretchen Fraser became an officer of the National Ski Association and active in ski development in the Pacific Northwest.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) USA Gretchen Fraser
Downhill, Women (Olympic) 13
Slalom, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Combined, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver

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