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Brigitte Albrecht-Loretan

Full name: Brigitte Albrecht-Loretan
Gender: Female
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: October 6, 1970 in Lax, Valais, Switzerland
Affiliations: Skiclub Obergoms-Grimsel
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Brigitte Albrecht made her international debut in cross-country skiing at a World Cup event in December 1991, where she was 42nd and 20th in the 5 and 15 km classic events respectively. She first represented Switzerland at the Olympic Games in 1992, where she had a best individual finish of 17th in the 30 km and was 9th in the 4x5 km relay. At the 1993 World Championships she had a best placement of 25th in both the 15 km classic and 30 km freestyle events, and then attended the 1994 Winter Olympics, where she was 37th in the 30 km, 38th in the 15 km, and 5th in the relay. After a best finish of 25th in the 15 km pursuit and 14th in the 15 km pursuit and the 15 km freestyle at the 1995 and 1997 World Championships respectively, Albrecht-Loretan attended the 1998 Winter Olympics, where she had a best individual result of seventh in the 30 km. In the relay, she and her teammates Sylvia Honegger, Andrea Huber, and Natascia Leonardi Cortesi seemed to have clinched the bronze medal, but an amazing final leg by Italy’s Stefania Belmondo secured that nation the final podium spot by a margin of just under two seconds.

Undeterred, Albrecht remained active on the international scene and had a best result of 11th in the 15 km freestyle at the 1999 World Championships. Her only event at the 2001 edition was the 10 km pursuit, in which she finished 41st, at which point she decided to make the 2002 Winter Olympics the last major international tournament of her career. By then competing as Brigitte Albrecht-Loretan, she was 29th in the 5/5 km pursuit and 31st in the 15 km, but finally earned an Olympic medal alongside Huber, Leonradi (now Leonradi Cortesi), and Laurence Rochat in the relay. She was a Swiss national champion in cross-country skiing 14 times and won Switzerland’s prestigious Engadin Skimarathon three times (1999, 2001, and 2002) during her career.

Results

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 20 15:09.5 5:58.9 14
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 10 18:16.5 6:26.6 14

Women's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 38 46:11.9 5:29.3 32 25:47.3 35
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 31 42:54.4 5:51.8 21 21:07.4 26 33:13.0 26

Women's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 17 1-29:54.3 5:10.4 2 19:42.2 7 34:08.0 14 53:57.3 13 1-11:12.2 17
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 37 1-34:55.3 5:37.3 24 27:53.4 34 38:23.3 33 46:18.4 36 1-16:08.5 35
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 7 1-25:15.0 5:19.5 7 31:44.7 9 1-04:29.8 8

Women's 5/5 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Switzerland 5 kilometres, Classical 48 Q 14:30.0
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Switzerland 5 kilometres, Freestyle 29 13:29.1 +1:31 11:57.3 10

Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 37 30:28.8 +0:55 29:33.8 44
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 10 29:34.8 +0:39 28:55.8 7

Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Switzerland SUI Final Standings 9 15:31.2 30:59.6 6
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Switzerland SUI Final Standings 5 14:24.6 1-00:05.1 5
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Switzerland SUI Final Standings 4 13:39.8 43:04.6 3
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Switzerland SUI Final Standings 3 11:43.3 37:54.2 3