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Sonja Sperl

Full name: Sonja Sperl
Gender: Female
Born: December 3, 1936 in Bayerisch Eisenstein, Bayern, Germany
Affiliations: SV Bayerisch Eisenstein, Bayerisch Eisenstein (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Biography

West German alpine skier Sonja Sperl participated in the 1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo and the 1960 Innsbruck Winter Olympics. Shortly before the 1956 Olympics she was the surprise winner of the 16th Hahnenkamm race at Kitzbühel, which qualified her for the Olympics, where she came 32nd in the downhill. Her best season was in 1960 when she finished seventh in the downhill, eighth in the slalom and ninth in the giant slalom. At Squaw Valley that year she won the silver medal in the Alpine combined, which did not form part of the Olympic programme, but was part of the World Championships. Between 1950 and 1955 she won all German youth titles, and later three national titles. After Squaw Valley she married and raised a daughter. Later she graduated as a ski instructor and also ran a guesthouse in Bayerisch Eisenstein.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Germany GER 32
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Germany GER 7
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Germany GER 9T
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Germany GER 8

Women's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Germany Final Standings 32 1:57.8
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Germany Final Standings 7 1:41.0

Women's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Germany Final Standings 9T 1:41.9

Women's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Germany Final Standings 8 1:58.8
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Germany Run 1 14T 59.0
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Germany Run 2 10T 59.8
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