Legendary Italian DH Racer Corrado Hérin Passes Away in Plane Crash

Apr 1, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
Photo: Facebook

Legendary Italian downhill racer and 1994 World Championship bronze medallist Corrado Hérin has passed away in a plane crash in the Aosta Valley.

Hérin, 52, was flying an ultralight aircraft around 3pm yesterday when it crashed near the Torgnon ski lift, he was killed on impact while another man has been taken to hospital and is reported to be seriously injured.

Hérin first found success as a luge athlete, winning two gold and two silver medals at the FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships. In the early 90s he made the transition to downhill and almost instantly earned a bronze medal at the 1994 Vail World Championships. He followed this up by winning three consecutive World Cups (Mont Sainte Anne, Sierra Nevada, Nevegal) in 1997 and taking the World Cup overall.

After his racing career, he became technical director of the Italian downhill and four-cross national teams. He was also a renowned track builder and designed courses for the Pila World Cup and Livigno World Championships. To celebrate his 50th birthday he returned to mountain bike racing at the master's World Championships in Val di Sole, where he won his age category by 30 seconds.

In a tribute on social media, Greg Minnaar posted: "A gentleman and a legend tragically gone to soon . I’ll never forget your wildness on the bike. Riposare in pace," while Nigel Page wrote: "One of the fastest Downhill racers of all time, super modest, always had time to stop and chat and an absolute gentleman. RIP Corrado."

Corrado leaves behind his partner Roberta Gyppaz and two sons Ester and Erik. Our thoughts go out to them and all his family and friends at this tragic time.

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64 Comments

  • 63 0
 So tragic what a legend and gentalman RIP CH
  • 6 0
 So sad but always have good memories of watching Corrado on Eurosport riding Nevegal in the rain! So amazing!
  • 13 0
 I was in an enduro trip in Pila with the guides of Aosta Valley Freeride (www.aostavalleyfreeride.com) I asked for Corado Herrin, they said he became a pilot. I remember those wonderul Sintesi bikes from another planet. RIP!
  • 16 0
 You never know when it's your time to go. Live life to the fullest daily..
  • 7 0
 He did! Too young tho
  • 13 0
 Devo molto a te se ho iniziato con la discesa. Sei stato ispiratore e Maestro sia di linee che di coraggio e determinazione. I tuoi consigli sempre obiettivi e spronanti. Non ti dimenticheremo mail Ciao Campionissimo
  • 9 0
 I remember reading late 90s race reports and seeing him shredding that orange Sintesi Bazooka, with the 1st gen Z1 Bomber fork. I recall it was one of the first long travel (6"!) bikes that worked well, and he made it look so good.
  • 12 0
 Grande Corrado, riposa in pace
  • 5 0
 Absolutely SHOCKED/GUTTED! I once owned Sintesi Bazooka in the team colors. RIP Champ Corrado Hérin!
  • 1 0
 This is tragic news. I met Corrado at the Big Bear World Cup back in 1997. We (Hurricane Components) threw a World Cup party at our house during the event and Corrado, as well as a bunch of other WC racers and staff showed up. I talked to Corrado for a long while about bikes and components. He was super easy going and easy to talk to.
I keep in contact with him afterwards but haven't seen or talked to him probably since 2002.

RIP my friend!
  • 5 0
 Ciao Corrado..
  • 1 0
 Great rider and cool fellow. I remember his mad race lines from the nineties as well as walking the tracks with him when he was national team manager. Really sorry to hear that.
  • 3 2
 Also worth noting his pro-DH career ended somewhere around a horrific leg/ankle injury, his foot was facing the wrong way from memory.
  • 6 0
 That was Francois Gachet in Chateau d’eux Switzerland
  • 1 0
 I thought that was Francois Gachet.
  • 3 0
 his carreer didn't end with that. Maybe you confussed with another rider He won seniors world cup a couple years ago
  • 1 0
 @annimaxdh: I think they meant he didn,t race for a very longtime after that leg break. I never seen his name at any events till a few yrs back.
  • 1 0
 That was also NIgel Page
  • 3 0
 Worst April Fools ever But seriously, I'm gutted
  • 3 0
 Condolences to his family and friends.
  • 2 0
 Corrado was the first WC racer to win 3 WC’s in a row, only a few bright stars can claim that
  • 2 0
 One of the originals I looked up to. A sad loss.
  • 2 0
 Riposare in pace. Comprendo il vostro dolore e vi sono vicino.
  • 1 0
 One of the first names I remember seeing in magazines when I was a kid. RIP.
  • 1 0
 RIP Corrado. A name I remember from back in the day. A champion he will always be.
  • 2 0
 riposare in pace!
  • 1 0
 What a loss my thoughts are with his memory and his family R.I.P fella
  • 2 0
 ciao campione!
  • 2 0
 Legend.
  • 1 0
 Very sad news, descansa en paz
  • 1 0
 tristissima notizia... riposa in pace Corrado
  • 1 0
 Ugh. Awful news.
  • 1 0
 RIP Condolences
  • 1 0
 RIP champ
  • 1 0
 Frown
  • 1 0
 RIP :-/
  • 1 0
 Ride in peace
  • 1 0
 Rip Legend
  • 1 0
 RIP Corrado!
  • 1 0
 Ciao corrado
  • 1 0
 Ride in Perpetuity!
  • 1 0
 RIP
  • 1 0
 Sad News, Rest In Peace.
  • 1 0
 Rip Corrado
  • 1 3
 Also RIP NIPSEY HUSSLE
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