The most successful female alpine ski racer in history was honored March 22, when Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell was inducted into the International Ski Racing Hall of Fame as the 2014 Legend of Honor. The Legend of Honor festivities are annually hosted in conjunction with Vail’s Korbel American Ski Classic.
A total of 45 of the greatest ski racers in history were on hand to celebrate Moser-Proell at the Legends of Skiing Banquet, including Luxembourg’s Marc Girardelli, who served as translator for the proceedings. Other racing greats included Franz Klammer, Phil and Steve Mahre, Ken Read, Fritz Strobl, Michaela Gerg and Marina Kiehl.
The morning following the Legends Banquet, the two greatest female ski racers of all time came together as Moser-Proell and U.S. Ski Team star Lindsey Vonn had the first opportunity to ever sit down for a chat. Vonn, who is rehabilitating the knee that she re-injured earlier this winter, owns 59 individual World Cup victories, just three behind Moser-Proell.
Created in 1984, the Legend of Honor Trophy has been presented annually by the Vail Valley Foundation during the American Ski Classic to an individual or family that has profoundly impacted the nature of skiing and ski racing throughout the world.