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Celina Seghi

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameCelina•Seghi
Used nameCelina•Seghi
Born6 March 1920 in Abetone, Pistoia (ITA)
AffiliationsSci Club Abetone
NOC Italy

Biography

Celina Seghi earned her first junior Italian national skiing medal in 1934 when she finished third in the slalom. In her first season as a senior, 1937, she won three gold medals in the slalom, downhill, and combined events, the first of over 25 national titles that she would collect over the course of her career. She also captured six silver and three bronze medals in her home country during this period. World War II interrupted her international career, and thus her only major podium finish came in the slalom at the 1950 World Championships, where she placed third. She had also taken gold in the slalom and silver in the combined at the 1941 World Championships, but these results were later nullified because only neutral and Axis-friendly countries had been allowed to take part.

Seghi competed in six events across two editions of the Winter Olympics – in 1948 and 1952 – and just missed a medal three times by placing fourth: in the downhill and combined in 1948 and in the slalom in 1952. She was also 7th in the giant slalom in 1952, joint-14th (with Laila Schou Nilsen of Norway) in the 1948 slalom, and joint-15th (alongside Switzerland’s Silvia Glatthard) in the 1952 downhill. She retired from active competition prior to the 1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo Games, but continued to ski into her 90s.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) ITA Celina Seghi
Downhill, Women (Olympic) 4
Slalom, Women (Olympic) =14
Combined, Women (Olympic) 4
1952 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) ITA Celina Seghi
Downhill, Women (Olympic) =15
Giant Slalom, Women (Olympic) 7
Slalom, Women (Olympic) 4

Special Notes

Errata

Date of birth usually seen as March 8, but this is a transcription error in the original records according to the athlete