Régine Cavagnoud (27 June 1970 – 31 October 2001) was a World Cup alpine ski racer from France. She was the World Cup and World Champion in Super G in 2001. Later that year, Cavagnoud was involved in a high-speed collision while training and died two days later.
Régine Cavagnoud was born in Thônes, Haute-Savoie, Cavagnoud's career was plagued by injuries. She finally secured a World Cup race victory in her 10th year of competition, a downhill race held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy on 21 January 1999. That was the first World Cup downhill race victory by a Frenchwoman in 17 years. She won World Cup races, four in Super-G, three downhill, and two giant slalom. Her last World Cup victory was on 21 Mar 2001, a giant slalom in Courchevel, France. She topped the Super-G World Cup rankings in 2001 and was ranked third overall for the World Cup seasons ending in 2000 and 2001. At the 2001 world championships in St. Anton, Austria, she won the Super-G title on 29 January.
On 29 October 2001, Cavagnoud collided with German ski coach Markus Anwander during ski training in Pitztal, Austria, and sustained severe brain injuries. She was evacuated by helicopter to Innsbruck's university hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries two days later. Her death was the first fatality involving a World Cup ski racer in over seven years, since the death of Austria's Ulrike Maier in a downhill race in January 1994.
Cavagnoud was buried near her native village at La Clusaz in the French Alps.8 wins - (3 DH, 4 SG, 1 GS)23 podiums
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