Hedy Schlunegger

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameHedy•Schlunegger (-Kaufmann)
Used nameHedy•Schlunegger
Born18 March 1923 in Wengen (SUI)
Died5 July 2003 in Grindelwald (SUI)
AffiliationsSkiclub Wengen, Wengen (SUI)
NOC Switzerland

Biography

Although her brother Hans was a world-class skier, Hedy Schlunegger had little opportunity to train and develop her talents in skiing. Nonetheless she managed to win seven Swiss national titles in the 1940s: the downhill four times (1942, 1944, 1946, 1947) and the combined thrice (1943, 1946, 1947). She was selected to represent her country at the 1948 Winter Olympics and achieved her greatest victory by winning the downhill event by a margin of eight-tenths of a second. She also came in eighth in the combined event at these Games. She got married in 1949 and retired soon thereafter, eventually opening up a sports shop in Grindelwald with her husband in 1959. They ran the business together until their 1992 retirement, at which point the store was passed down to their children. Her daughters Elizabeth and Käthy were members of the Swiss national alpine skiing team, while her granddaughter Martina Schild won a silver medal in the downhill event at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) SUI Hedy Schlunegger
Downhill, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Combined, Women (Olympic) 8

Olympic family relations

Special Notes