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Stefania Belmondo

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 3
Bronze 5
Total 10
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameStefania•Belmondo (-Casagrande-)
Used nameStefania•Belmondo
Born13 January 1969 in Vinadio, Cuneo (ITA)
Measurements158 cm / 45 kg
AffiliationsG.S. Forestale, Roma (ITA)
NOC(s) Italy

Biography

With 10 Olympic medals, the Italian cross-country skier Stefania Belmondo is equal with Raisa Smetanina for the most Winter Olympic medals among female athletes. Belmondo first competed at the Winter Olympics in 1988. In 1992, she won three medals, including a gold medal in the 30 km. race. She failed to medal at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, but won four medals at Nagano in 1998, and in 2002 won two medals, including her second gold in the 15 km. race, after which she retired. The 15 km. gold medal was particularly dramatic as Belmondo broke a pole with 4.5 km. remaining and skied in with only one pole. Belmondo won the World Cup for cross-country skiing in 1999, and finished 2nd in that competition three times (1991, 1992, 1997) and 3rd three times (1993, 1998, 2002). She also won the Sprint World Cup in 1997, and was a four-time World Champion. Nicknamed “The Tiny Tornado” for her relatively small size of 5-3 (160 cm.) and 100 lbs. (45 kg.), Belmondo was renowned for her huge training regimen, covering over 10,000 km. per year on skis.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1988 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 10 kilometres, Women Olympic 19 Representing Italy    
  20 kilometres, Women Olympic 29
  4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Italy 10
1992 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 5 kilometres, Women Olympic 4 Representing Italy    
  15 kilometres, Women Olympic 5
  30 kilometres, Women Olympic 1 Gold
  5/10 kilometres Pursuit, Women Olympic 2 Silver
  4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Italy 3 Bronze
1994 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 5 kilometres, Women Olympic 13 Representing Italy    
  15 kilometres, Women Olympic 4
  5/10 kilometres Pursuit, Women Olympic 3 Bronze
  4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Italy 3 Bronze
1998 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 5 kilometres, Women Olympic 12 Representing Italy    
  15 kilometres, Women Olympic 8
  30 kilometres, Women Olympic 2 Silver
  5/10 kilometres Pursuit, Women Olympic 5
  4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Italy 3 Bronze
2002 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 10 kilometres, Women Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Italy    
  15 kilometres, Women Olympic 1 Gold
  30 kilometres, Women Olympic 2 Silver
  5/5 kilometres Pursuit, Women Olympic 11
  4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Italy 6

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