Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) chatting next to the Legend of Honor Trophy, which was awarded to Moser-Proell last night as she was inducted into the International Ski Racing Hall of Fame as the 2014 Legend of Honor. (Vail Valley Foundation)
VAIL, Colorado (March 23) – The most successful female alpine ski racer in history was honored Saturday evening, March 22, when Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell was inducted into the International Ski Racing Hall of Fame as the 2014 Legend of Honor. The Legend of Honor festivities are annually hosted in conjunction with Vail’s Korbel American Ski Classic.
Moser-Proell dominated her competition during the 1970s, with six Overall World Cup titles, including five consecutive season-long crowns from 1971-75. During the course of her 12-year career, she would rewrite alpine ski racing history.
“We are incredibly excited to have this opportunity to honor Annemarie,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee. “This is a wonderful celebration of one of the true legends of our sport.”
During the course of her World Cup career, Moser-Pröll amassed a record 62 individual victories, more than any other female athlete. In addition, she accounted for six World Championship medals, three of them gold, along with a trio of Olympic medals.
A total of 45 of the greatest ski racers in history were on hand to celebrate Moser-Proell at the Legends of Skiing Banquet, including Luxembourg’s Marc Girardelli, who served as translator for the proceedings. Other racing greats included Franz Klammer, Phil and Steve Mahre, Ken Read, Fritz Strobl, Michaela Gerg and Marina Kiehl.
Annemarie Moser-Proell will join previous Legend of Honor recipients including:
1984 Emile Allais 1985 Birger Ruud 1986 Dick Durrance & Gretchen Fraser 1987 Toni Seelos 1988 Stein Eriksen 1989 Freidl Pfeifer 1990 Karl Molitor 1991 The Werner Family 1992 Andrea Mead Lawrence 1993 Christl Cranz 1994 Christian Pravda 1995 Tom Corcoran 1996 Barney McLean 1997 Anderl Molterer 1998 Nancy Greene-Raine 1999 Pepi Gramshammer 2000 Marielle & Christine Goitschel 2001 Toni Sailer 2002 Billy Kidd & Jimmie Heuga 2003 Gustavo Thoeni 2004 Bob Beattie 2005 Bernhard Russi 2006 Rosi Mittermaier-Neureuther 2007 President Gerald Ford & Family 2008 Franz Klammer 2009 Cindy Nelson 2010 The Crazy Canucks 2011 Phil & Steve Mahre 2012 Marc Girardelli 2013 Tamara McKinney
The 2014 Korbel American Ski Classic is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the Ski Classic or the Foundation, visit www.vvf.org.