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Pirmin Zurbriggen

Pirmin Zurbriggen (born 4 February1963) is one of the most successful downhill skiers of all time and was one of Switzerland’s greatest sporting heroes of the 1980s. Overall in his career he won a total of 40 World Cup victories, the first back in 1982 when he took gold in the Lauberhorn combined event. This would be the start of an illustrious international sporting career for the young man from the Saas Valley. Although he narrowly missed taking a medal at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics, he would go on to win the World Championships in Bormio one year later, taking the gold medal in both the downhill and the combined event, as well as silver in the giant slalom. At the 1987 World championships in Crans Montana, Zurbriggen took gold in the Super-G and the giant slalom, as well as silver in both the downhill and the combined event. His only Olympic victory came in Calgary four years later, when he won gold and bronze in the downhill and giant slalom respectively.

He was most unusual among skiers in that he was a true all-rounder the first person to win all five disciplines of modern alpine ski racing, winning the Men’s Overall World Cup Championship an impressive four times.

He retired from competition in 1990 and is now runs a hotel in Zermatt.