Pirmin Zurbriggen (born February 4, 1963 in Saas-Almagell, Kanton Wallis) is a Swiss former alpine skier, one of the all time great ski racers. He won the Overall World Cup title four times, an Olympic Gold Medal in Downhill, and 9 World Championships medals (4 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze). He is the first skier ever to win all five specialties of modern alpine ski racing during his outstanding career. He retired from the sport after the 1990 season. A very religious person who grew up the remote village of Saas-Almagell, near Saas-Fee, Zurbriggen attacked ski racing with incredible aggressiveness to reach his goals. A seemingly reckless skier in downhill, he loved the danger of steep, icy and treacherous courses. With a total of 40 World Cup victories over nine years and five gold medals, Pirmin Zurbriggen definitely belongs to the "All-Time Greats" of Alpine Skiing. He left the World Cup tour as a hero to start a family. A father of four kids, and brother to Heidi Zurbriggen (she won 3 DH races in the World Cup herself), Pirmin now runs the "Wellness Hotel Pirmin Zurbriggen" with his parents in Saas-Almagell and another, Apparthotel Zurbriggen, in Zermatt. In addition, after his World Cup career had ended he partnered with Authier Ski company on a line of signature skis.
World Cup victories