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Madeleine Chamot-Berthod

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameMadeleine•Chamot-Berthod
Used nameMadeleine•Chamot-Berthod
Born1 February 1931 in Morrens, Gros-de-Vaud (SUI)
AffiliationsChateau d'Oex
NOC(s) Switzerland

Biography

Raised in a farming family, Madeleine Berthod’s breakthrough year in alpine skiing was 1952, when she won her first of six Swiss national championships and attended the Winter Olympics for the first time. At the Games she was sixth in the downhill and the slalom and also competed in the giant slalom. Her next major international stop was the 1954 World Championships, where she won silver medals in the giant slalom and the combined. With the retirement of her compatriot Ida Schöpfer, who had taken the downhill and combined titles at the 1954 World Championships, Berthod was touted as the favorite for the downhill crown at the 1956 Winter Olympics and did not disappoint, winning by a margin of nearly five seconds ahead of teammate and silver medalist Frieda Dänzer. Berthod was also fourth in the giant slalom (tied with American Andrea Mead-Lawrence) and 17th in the slalom, and her accomplishments earned her the title of Swiss Sports Personality of the Year. She attended one more edition of the Games in 1960, finishing 9th in the giant slalom and 28th in the slalom, and then retired from active competition.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1952 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Downhill, Women Olympic 6 Representing Switzerland     as Madeleine Berthod
  Giant Slalom, Women Olympic AC
  Slalom, Women Olympic 6
1956 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Downhill, Women Olympic 1 Gold Representing Switzerland     as Madeleine Berthod
  Giant Slalom, Women Olympic =4
  Slalom, Women Olympic 17
1960 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Giant Slalom, Women Olympic =9 Representing Switzerland    
  Slalom, Women Olympic 28

Special Notes

Research notes

Still alive in 2016: https://www.lenouvelliste.ch/articles/valais/chablais/les-annees-n-ont-pas-altere-son-emotion-552676

Created: Paul Tchir at December 22, 2020 22:54, Last edited: Paul Tchir at December 22, 2020 22:54