Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden is a rising member of the Swiss speed team who is showing her first flashes of medal potential ahead of the Sochi Olympics. The 2006 junior world champion in downhill, scored her first career World Cup victory in December, finishing first in the Val d’Isere downhill.
- 2013: World Cup – 1st career victory (Val d’Isere downhill)
- 2006: Junior World Championships – Gold (downhill), Silver (combined)
Things to know:
1. Kaufmann-Abderhalden was a relative unknown, even at home, until 2005 when after two years of toiling on the European Cup circuit she won the Swiss title in combined and the Swiss junior championship in downhill. The following year, she won Swiss junior titles in the downhill and super-G and gold in the downhill and silver in combined at the Junior World Championships.
2. 2010 was a disappointment as a series of minor-but-nagging injuries prevented Kaufmann-Abderhalden from qualifying for the Vancouver Olympics. She was further left podering what could have been when in March of 2010, just weeks after the Games, she finished third in the World Cup downhill in Crans-Montana.
3. To help supplement her training expenses, Kaufmann-Abderhalden worked in the off-season as a hotel management assistant. In 2011, she married her longtime boyfriend, Patrick. She hopes to be joined in Sochi by her parents, Joerg and Rosmarie, her sister, Andrea, and brothers Beat, Joerg and Urs.