Saturday, February 1, 2014

Olympic Legends in Alpine Skiing (2)

Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider was the first female Alpine skier to win three gold medals and the first to earn five total medals. At the Calgary Games she won the Giant Slalom and then, two days later, the Slalom.
At the 1994 Lillehammer Games she earned a silver medal in the alpine Combined event and a bronze in the Giant Slalom. She also won the gold medal in Slalom.

Italy’s Deborah Compagnoni, won gold at three successive Games between 1992 and 1998, as well as one silver medal.
She won her first World Cup race and became Olympic Super G champion in Albertville.
Compagnoni won the Giant Slalom at both the 1994 and 1998 Olympic Games. This achievement made her the first Alpine skier to win gold medals at three different Olympic Games. She also earned a silver medal in the Slalom.

Germany’s Katja Seizinger won three gold and two bronze medals in three different Games. At the 1992 Albertville Winter Games, she won a bronze medal in the Super G. Two years later in Lillehammer she won the Downhill.
At the Nagano Winter Games she became the first skier, male or female, to win the Olympic Downhill twice. The next day she earned a third gold medal by winning the Alpine Combined event. She also earned a bronze medal in the Giant Slalom.

The most successful female athlete is Croatia’s Janica Kostelić - the only woman to win three Olympic Alpine skiing titles in one Games, having claimed gold in the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Combined in Salt Lake City in 2002. Kostelic added a fourth gold by winning the Combined title again in Torino in 2006, while she also won Super-G silver medals in 2002 and 2006.

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