HKR 2020

Who is the woman that won on the Streif in 1948?

30.01.2020

Lydia Fuchs-Gstrein

During the 80th anniversary of the Hahnenkamm Races, Lydia Fuchs-Gstrein was asked to step out from behind the scenes again, who was very surprised and deeply moved by the gesture. “I am very touched, that after so many years, people are thinking of me again. I'm delighted, it was a special surprise," said the former ski racer. She received the honorary award from KSC President and Chairman of HKR Organizing Committee. 

Former ski racer Lydia Gstrein was born in Kitzbühel on 11th December 1931. Gstrein began her skiing career as a child, after the end of the Second World War.

The Kitzbühel native won several international FIS races in the late 1940s and early 1950s and competed in the 1950 World Championships in Aspen and other races in North America. 1949 was one of her most successful years in skiing, when Gstrein became Austrian Junior Champion an impressive three times, as well as Tyrolean Junior Champion. At the Hahnenkamm Races in the same year, she came second in the Downhill, Slalom and Combined.

Gstrein finally ended her skiing career in the summer of 1952 at the age of 20 for health and injury reasons. She married Andreas Fuchs in 1958 and their daughter Daniela was born in 1962.

During the 80th anniversary of the Hahnenkamm Races, Lydia Fuchs-Gstrein was asked to step out from behind the scenes again, who was very surprised and deeply moved by the gesture. “I am very touched, that after so many years, people are thinking of me again. I'm delighted, it was a special surprise," said the former ski racer. She received the honorary award from KSC President and Chairman of HKR Organizing Committee.

Her greatest successes

3 times Austrian Junior Champion (Slalom, Downhill, Combined) 1949

2 x Tyrolean Youth Champion 1948, 1949

1st place Hahnenkamm Downhill (Special Downhill) 1948               3:50.3

2nd place Hahnenkamm Downhill 1948                                            4:24.1

2nd place Hahnenkamm Combined 1949

2nd place Hahnenkamm Downhill 1949

2nd place Hahnenkamm Slalom 1949


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