Bernhard Russi

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Bernhard Russi
— Alpine ski racer —
DisciplinesDownhill, Giant Slalom
ClubSC Gotthard Andermatt
Born(1948-08-20) 20 August 1948 (age 65)
Andermatt, Uri, Switzerland
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
World Cup debut8 January 1968 (age 19)
RetiredMarch 1978 (age 29)
Websitebernhard russi.ch
Olympics
Teams2 – (1972, 1976)
Medals2 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams5 – (1970-1978)
(includes two Olympics)
Medals3 (2 gold)
World Cup
Seasons9 – (19701978)
Wins10 – (9 DH, 1 GS)
Podiums28 – (27 DH, 1 GS)
Overall titles0 – (5th in 1971, '72, '77)
Discipline titles2 – (2 DH: 1971, 1972)
 
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Bernhard Russi
— Alpine ski racer —
DisciplinesDownhill, Giant Slalom
ClubSC Gotthard Andermatt
Born(1948-08-20) 20 August 1948 (age 65)
Andermatt, Uri, Switzerland
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
World Cup debut8 January 1968 (age 19)
RetiredMarch 1978 (age 29)
Websitebernhard russi.ch
Olympics
Teams2 – (1972, 1976)
Medals2 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams5 – (1970-1978)
(includes two Olympics)
Medals3 (2 gold)
World Cup
Seasons9 – (19701978)
Wins10 – (9 DH, 1 GS)
Podiums28 – (27 DH, 1 GS)
Overall titles0 – (5th in 1971, '72, '77)
Discipline titles2 – (2 DH: 1971, 1972)

Bernhard Russi (born August 20, 1948) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Switzerland. Born in Andermatt in the canton of Uri, he is an Olympic, World Cup, and World champion in the downhill event.

Racing career[edit]

Russi made his World Cup debut at age 19 in January 1968 at a giant slalom in Adelboden. After two races in 1968 and six in 1969, he joined the World Cup circuit full-time in December 1969.[1] A month later, he recorded his first World Cup top ten finish in January 1970 at the Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen. The next month he won his first event, the downhill at the 1970 World Championships, ahead of Karl Cordin of Austria and Australian Malcolm Milne. Two years later at the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan, he won the gold medal in the same discipline on Mt. Eniwa. Countryman Roland Collombin secured the silver and a Swiss "double victory." Russi won the World Cup season title in downhill in 1971 and 1972.

Four years later at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, Russi nearly retained his Olympic title with a very fast time in the downhill at Patscherkofel, but took the silver medal. He finished 0.33 seconds behind Franz Klammer of Austria, who started 15th, the last of the top seeds. Through 2010, no Olympic champion in the downhill has repeated.

Russi retired from international competition following the 1978 season with 10 World Cup victories, 28 podiums, and 52 top ten finishes. In addition to his two downhill titles in 1971 and 1972, Russi was second in 1973 and third in 1976 and 1977. His best finish in the overall standings was fifth, achieved three times in 1971, 1972, and 1977[2][3]

From 1948 through 1980, the Winter Olympics also served as the world championships for alpine skiing. During the early seasons of the World Cup, the Olympics (1968) and world championships (1970) were included in the World Cup season standings; these major competitions were excluded beginning with the 1971 season.

After racing[edit]

Russi currently serves as the chairman of the FIS Alpine Committee and is a FIS technical advisor for downhill course design. Beginning with the 1988 Winter Olympics, Russi has been noted as the designer of the downhill courses for the Olympics. This stemmed from dissatisfaction with the courses at the 1980 and 1984 games; since Russi took over, there have been few complaints.[4][5] He also serves as a commentator for alpine ski racing on Swiss television.[6]

World Cup results[edit]

Season titles[edit]

SeasonDiscipline
1971Downhill
1972Downhill

Season standings[edit]

SeasonAgeOverallSlalomGiant
Slalom
Super GDownhillCombined
19702119not
run
5awarded
only in
1976
197122581
1972235231
19732462
197425174
197526114
19762783
19772853
1978292812

Race podiums[edit]

SeasonDateLocationDisciplinePlace
197015 Feb 1970Italy Val Gardena, Italy - (W.Ch.) ^Downhill1st
197116 Jan 1971Switzerland St. Moritz, SwitzerlandDownhill2nd
31 Jan 1971France Megève, FranceDownhill1st
13 Feb 1971Canada Mt. Ste. Anne, CanadaGiant Slalom1st
18 Feb 1971United States Sugarloaf, USADownhill1st
19725 Dec 1972Switzerland St. Moritz, SwitzerlandDownhill1st
14 Jan 1972Austria Kitzbühel, AustriaDownhill3rd
Japan 1972 Winter Olympics
25 Feb 1972United States Crystal Mtn, USADownhill1st
26 Feb 1972Downhill2nd
25 Mar 1972Italy Val Gardena, ItalyDownhill1st
19737 Jan 1973West Germany Garmisch, West GermanyDownhill3rd
13 Jan 1973Switzerland Grindelwald, SwitzerlandDownhill1st
27 Jan 1973Austria Kitzbühel, AustriaDownhill2nd
3 Feb 1973Austria St. Anton, AustriaDownhill1st
197422 Dec 1973Austria Schladming, AustriaDownhill3rd
197526 Jan 1975Austria Innsbruck, AustriaDownhill2nd
21 Mar 1975Italy Val Gardena, ItalyDownhill3rd
19767 Dec 1975France Val-d'Isère, FranceDownhill3rd
9 Jan 1976Switzerland Wengen, SwitzerlandDownhill3rd
17 Jan 1976France Morzine, FranceDownhill2nd
Austria 1976 Winter Olympics
197718 Dec 1976Italy Val Gardena, ItalyDownhill3rd
15 Jan 1977Austria Kitzbühel, AustriaDownhill3rd
22 Jan 1977Switzerland Wengen, SwitzerlandDownhill3rd
30 Jan 1977France Morzine, FranceDownhill1st
31 Jan 1977Downhill3rd
18 Feb 1977Switzerland Laax, SwitzerlandDownhill3rd
12 Mar 1977United States Heavenly Valley, USADownhill3rd
197822 Dec 1977Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, ItalyDownhill2nd

^ Results from the 1970 World Championships (and 1968 Winter Olympics) were included in the World Cup standings.

Video[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ bernhardrussi.ch (German) - career results - accessed 2011-01-01
  2. ^ Ski-db.com - Bernard Russi - World Cup results - accessed 2010-03-06
  3. ^ FIS-ski.com - Bernhard Russi - World Cup season rankings - accessed 2010-03-06
  4. ^ SKI Magazine - Bernhard Russi: Olympic Downhill Designer - 2001-10-17 - accessed 2012-03-20
  5. ^ fisalpine.com - Next up Sochi - Interview with Bernhard Russi - 2012-02-06 - accessed 2012-03-20
  6. ^ Swiss Community.org - people - canton of Uri - accessed 2012-03-20

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Switzerland Philippe Clerc
Swiss Sportsman of the Year
1970
Succeeded by
Switzerland Meta Antenen
Preceded by
Switzerland Meta Antenen
Swiss Sportsman of the Year
1972
Succeeded by
Switzerland Werner Dössegger