Away with the champs: Jan Ullrich

Jan Ullrich

There is not much to say about Jan, for he is a legend. He is the first and only German to win the Tour de France, which he did in 1997. Furthermore, until 2006 he had won second place five times and fourth place once. Aside from winning the title of Amateur World Champion in road racing and two World Championship titles in individual time trials, Jan also won gold in road racing and silver in individual time trials during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. His victories led him to become Germany’s most popular active athlete; in 1997 he was voted “sportsman of the year”. In 2007 his active career ended for reasons that we are all aware of. To assume responsibility for one’s action is something of a rarity in this sport and is worthy of great respect.

Frank Wörndl

Mr. Efficiency!
During his career Frank never actually won a single World Cup race, however, in 1987 in Crans-Montana he became World Champion in the slalom discipline. During the Olympic Games in 1988 in Calgary he was able to build on his success and won silver (slalom). Between 1979 and 1985, Frank won five German Championships, four of them in the slalom discipline and one in giant slalom. After finishing his career, Frank had worked for Salomon for ten years and during his tenure he gave significant distinction to the development of ski-technology there. In 2000 he joined Völkl holding essentially the same position. Aside from that Frank Wörndl is a tv presenter with Eurosport. Naturally Frank is a brilliant skier, but he is also a top entertainer. For those of you who know him, you’ll know that there is hardly a day that doesn’t go by that he is not in good humor. His repertoire of anecdotes, going back to his time as a world class athlete, seems practically inexhaustible. Go ahead and ask him whether he still has all of his medals!

Away with the champ: Marina Kiehl

Marina Kiehl

Between 1984 and 1987 she won five German Championships. The former Junior World Champion in downhill skiing already participated in the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo and took a surprise 6th place in downhill racing and 5th place in the giant slalom discipline. One year later she won the World Cup in giant slalom and in 1986 the Super-G. Her greatest victory she achieved during the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, where she won the downhill race, ahead of Brigitte Oertli and Karen Percy.

Since ending her active career, Marina has been working as a graphic designer, developing designs for skis for the Japanese ski market and is specialized in creating logos.Marina is a fully certified ski instructor and has a special gift for explaining even complex motion sequence and techniques in a rather perceptive and sensitive way, and is therefore predestined for those of you who may still show some apprehension towards deep powder snow skiing and heli-skiing.