Marco Pfiffner
Personal information
Born (1994-03-25) 25 March 1994 (age 30)
Walenstadt, Switzerland
OccupationAlpine skier
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) [1]
Skiing career
DisciplinesCombined, downhill, giant slalom, slalom and Super-G
World Cup debut2016
Olympics
Teams3 - (2014, 2018, 2022)
World Championships
Teams4 - (20112021)

Marco Pfiffner (born 25 March 1994) is a Swiss born, professional alpine ski racer who represents Liechtenstein. He has competed for Liechtenstein at three Winter Olympic Games in 2014, 2018, and 2022.

Early life

Pfiffner was born in Walenstadt in the Swiss canton of St Gallen. He lives in Mauren and represents the Unterland Winter Sports Club (UWV).[2][3]

Career

Pfiffner began competing in FIS races aged 15. In 2011, he participated in the Junior World Championships in Crans Montana, securing 43rd and 54th place finishes in the slalom and grand slalom.[4][5] Weeks later, he took part in the World Championships at Garmisch Partenkirchen. He finished 72nd in the giant slalom and 53rd in the slalom events.[6] He also competed in the 2013 World Championships in Schladming.[6]

Pfiffner was part of the Liechtenstein Olympic Team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He scored a best finish of 24th place.[7]

On 24 January 2016, he made his World Cup debut at Kitzbuhel. His early World Cup races were in the slalom and giant slalom disciplines.[8]

In 2017, Pfiffner raced in all disciplines at the World Championships in St Moritz. Securing 36th in the Super-G, 42nd in the Downhill, and 34th in the Combined event. His best result was 26th in the slalom.[6] In January 2018, he won the European Cup Combined event in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. [9] [10]

Pfiffner was the designed flag bearer for his second Olympic Games, in PyeongChang.[11] He competed in four races and secured a best result of 25th place in the slalom.[12]

In January 2020, Pfiffner scored his first FIS World Cup points with 29th place in the Labuerhorn Combination event in Wengen.[13] He took part in the 2021 World Championships in Cortina D'Ampezzo.[6]

Pfiffner was once again part of the Liechtenstein Olympic Team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.[14] He finished 28th in both the Downhill and Super-G disciplines, and a career-high 11th place in the Combined.[12]

Endorsements

Pfiffner is sponsored by the bank, LGT.[15] He also utilises Salomon and Leki equipment.[16]

References

  1. ^ "Marco Pfiffner". Eurosport. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Marco Pfiffner". NBC. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  3. ^ "UWV Athletinnen und Athleten im Kader des Liechtensteinischen Skiverbandes". UWV. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Crans Montana Giant Slalom". FIS. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Crans Montana Slalom". FIS. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d "Marco Pfiffner World Championship Results". FIS. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  7. ^ "2014 Winter Olympics - Athletes". ESPN. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Kitzbuhel Mens Slalom 2016". FIS. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  9. ^ "European Cup Mens Combined". FIS. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Marco Pfiffner vince la combinata di Coppa Europa di Saalbach-Hinterglemm". Neveitalia. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Liechtenstein Competes in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang". Liechtenstein USA. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  12. ^ a b "Marco Pfiffner". Olympics. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  13. ^ "Wengen". FIS. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  14. ^ "Marco Pfiffner represents the colors of Liechtenstein". LGT. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  15. ^ "LGT sponsors skiing in Liechtenstein". LGT. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  16. ^ "AUSRÜSTER". Marco Pfiffner. Retrieved 22 June 2022.