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The Sports Illustrated Olympic Daily is published in Salt Lake City and available in event venues and on newsstands for 16 straight days during the 2002 Winter Games. Here are some sights and scenes from today’s edition.

Andreas and Hanni Wenzel    ALPINE SKIING

Olympic Highlights: Combined for six medals in three Olympics, including two golds and two silvers in 1980

  A glittering brother-sister act in 1980, Andreas and Hanni have turned to sports marketing. Roland Korner

Andreas and Hanni Wenzel know how to turn sibling rivalry into sibling revelry. At the 1980 Games in Lake Placid, the brother-sister tandem from little Liechtenstein (pop. 33,000) took home four of the 12 gold and silver medals in Alpine skiing. Now the Games are back in the U.S., and Andreas and Hanni are back trying to outdo each other, this time in the world of sports marketing.

As was the case in 1980, Hanni, 45, has the edge. Hanni, who won the slalom and giant slalom and finished second in the downhill in Lake Placid, is the president of Weirather, Wenzel and Partner, a Liechtenstein-based agency that she started in '85 with her husband, '81 World Cup downhill champ Harti Weirather. The agency secures corporate sponsorship for sports events, including the famous Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel, Austria. "It's like old times," says Hanni, a mother of three.

Andreas, 43, the silver medalist in the downhill in 1980, has been in the business since '88. Two years ago he started his own company, the Andreas Wenzel Network of Sports, also in Liechtenstein. For now Andreas and his wife, Anja, run the show, doing their own consulting and event marketing. "Hanni and I have had very similar lives and therefore very similar businesses," he says. "It's a huge world, and we are two small companies, small but fine."

—Gene Menez

 


 
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