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Andi Grünenfelder

Full name: Andreas "Andi" Grünenfelder
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: September 17, 1960 in Wangs, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
Affiliations: SC Alpina, Sankt Moritz (SUI)
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Son of Georg Grünenfelder.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

The son of Georg Grünenfelder, an alpine skier at the 1964 Winter Olympics, Andi Grünenfelder first competed in cross-country skiing for Switzerland in 1982 and placed 20th in that year’s 15 km freestyle event. He first appeared at the Winter Olympics in 1984, with a best individual finish of sixth in the 50 km, and was fifth in the 4x10 km relay alongside Joos Ambühl, Giachem Guidon, and Konrad Hallenbarter. He continued competing for four years, but never won a major international medal or had a World Cup podium finish until the 1988 Winter Olympics, where he won a surprising bronze medal in the 50 km. He also narrowly missed a medal in the 4x10 km relay with Guidon, Jürg Capol, and Jeremias Wigger, came in 35th in the 15 km classical, and failed to finish the 30 km classical. Grünenfelder, formerly a physics and chemistry student at the University of Zürich, retired after the Games and returned to his studies. He eventually became a sports physician and was appointed chief at the Gut Klinik in St. Moritz.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Switzerland SUI 11
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Switzerland SUI 19
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Switzerland SUI 6
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Switzerland SUI 5
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Switzerland SUI 35
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Switzerland SUI AC DNF
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Switzerland SUI 3 Bronze
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Switzerland SUI 4

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 11 42:45.7 18:22.4 7 31:00.7 15
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 35 45:35.5 14:02.8 33 31:06.5 34

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 19 1-33:26.4 22:23.3 14 45:41.2 13 1-09:25.8 17
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings AC DNF

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 6 2-19:46.2 22:50.8 5 55:09.3 3 1-31:02.0 3 2-06:05.3 5
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 3 2-06:01.9 35:57.1 3 1-02:25.1 2 1-39:34.4 3

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Switzerland SUI Final Standings 5 29:05.9 1-58:06.0 5
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Switzerland SUI Final Standings 4 26:09.7 26:09.7 1