The younger sister of one of Alpine skiing’s greatest racers, Bernadette Schild is looking to make her own mark as a technical racer for the powerful Austrian team. A one-time junior world champion, Schild has notched a pair of World Cup podium finishes in the last two seasons and could be a factor when she makes her Olympic debut in Sochi.
- 2013: World Championships – 12th (slalom)
- 2010: Junior World Championships – 19th (giant slalom)
- 2009: Junior World Championships – Silver (slalom)
- 2008: Junior World Championships – Gold (slalom)
Things to know:
1. Schild grew up as the third of four children in a “ski addicted family.” Her father Josef Sr. and mother Rosi, both ski instructors, were instrumental in getting all their children on the slopes at an early age. Schild started at age 3. Her older sister, Marlies, is the winningest slalom racer in World Cup history. Her older brother, Josef, skied on the Europa Cup circuit and her younger brother, Luke, has followed both Schild sisters into the famed Stams national sports academy.
2. Schild’s best finish on the World Cup circuit came last season when she finished second in the slalom finale in Lenzerheide. In Courchevel in December, Schild led the first run of slalom but was overtaken by her sister Marlies in Run 2 and wound up finishing third. Marlies won the race, her record-tying 34th career slalom victory.
3. In the off-season, focusing on interests outside of skiing remains quite important to Schild. She is an avid photographer and drawer and enjoys traveling, reading and cooking. Additionally, she a student of International Business Communication at Akad of Munich.