Annelise Coberger
Inducted in 2003
In a sport in which New Zealanders, or southern hemisphere skiers generally, barely leave an imprint in the snow, she was for a time the best in the world.
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  • Skiing
She became the first New Zealander to win a Europa Cup event and was the cup slalom champion in 1991 and 1992. She also became the first New Zealander to win a World Cup event and was ranked first in the world in 1992 and 1993.

In the World Cup slalom in 1993, she was second to triple Olympic gold medallist Vreni Schneider by just four points. Annelise Coberger’s crowning glory came in 1992 at the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville in France, when she won the silver medal in the slalom.

It was the first Winter Games medal to be won by a southern hemisphere athlete and remains the only Winter Games medal to be won by a New Zealander. Annelise Coberger is unique in New Zealand sport.

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