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Irene Epple

Full name: Irene Epple (-Waigel)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: June 18, 1957 in Seeg, Bayern, Germany
Affiliations: TSV Seeg, Seeg (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Sister of Maria Epple; Sister-in-law of Florian Beck.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Irene Epple first broke through internationally with a second place in the 1978 World Championship downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where her younger sister Maria Epple won the title in the giant slalom. At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid Irene Epple won a silver medal in the giant slalom and in 1982 she won giant slalom and Alpine combined World Cup titles. After her ski career, during which she won 11 World Cup races, Epple began medical studies in München and earned her medical degree in 1992, and in November 1994 she was married Theo Waigel, who would serve as German Finance Minister from 1989-1998. In 1980 Irene Epple was elected German Sportswoman of the Year.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill West Germany FRG 10
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom West Germany FRG 15
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill West Germany FRG 19
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom West Germany FRG 2 Silver
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom West Germany FRG AC DNF
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill West Germany FRG 23
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom West Germany FRG 21

Women's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing West Germany Final Standings 10 1:48.91
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing West Germany Final Standings 19 1:41.68
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing West Germany Final Standings 23 1:15.65

Women's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing West Germany Final Standings 15 1:31.46
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing West Germany Final Standings 2 2:42.12
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing West Germany Run 1 2 1:14.75
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing West Germany Run 2 4 1:27.37
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing West Germany Final Standings 21 2:25.52
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing West Germany Run 1 22 1:11.64
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing West Germany Run 2 22 1:13.88

Women's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing West Germany Final Standings AC DNF
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing West Germany Run 1 15 45.14
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing West Germany Run 2 AC DNF
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