Maria Höfl-Riesch

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  • Sport: Skiing
  • Born:November 24, 1984 ,Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Residence:Germany
The brilliant German Alpine skier is a three-time Olympic champion and the winner of the 2011 Overall World Cup. She won gold medals in Slalom and Super Combined at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Biography

At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, she defended her Super Combined title to win her third Olympic gold medal and also won a silver medal in the Super-G.

In a thrilling competition in 2011, she won the Overall World Cup title, beating three-time defending champion Lindsey Vonn, and one of her best friends on the ski tour, by three points. She also won two World Championship gold medals.

She retired, aged 29, after crashing in the final race of 2014, having already won the World Cup Downhill title.

Born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Höfl-Riesch was a prodigious talent as a junior and won seven medals in all of the disciplines at four Junior World Championships, including three gold medals in Combined and Super-G.

Injuries cut short her seasons in 2005 and 2006, causing her to miss the 2005 World Championships and the 2006 Winter Olympics, but during the 2009 season, she won four slalom events on the World Cup tour and won the gold medal in the slalom at the World Championships.