Paul Accola

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePaul•Accola
Used namePaul•Accola
Born20 February 1967 in Davos (SUI)
Measurements176 cm / 82 kg
AffiliationsSC Davos, Davos (SUI)
NOC Switzerland


Paul Accola joined the Swiss national alpine skiing team in 1985 and came in third in the slalom at that year’s Junior World Championships. He made his debut as a senior in 1988 and won a bronze medal in the combined at that year’s Winter Olympics, while failing to complete the slalom. He earned his first two World Cup podium finishes in 1989, as well as a silver medal in the combined at that year’s World Championships, where he was also fourth in the slalom. He returned to the Olympics in 1992, competing in all five disciplines, but did not win a medal; he came closest in the Super G, where he was fourth. Success was sporadic for Accola for the remainder of his career, including a best finish of sixth in the combined at the 1994 Winter Olympics and seventh in the giant slalom at the 1998 edition, but he won bronze medals in the combined at the 1999 and 2001 World Championships, the latter of which was his last major international podium finish.

After a fifth and final Olympic appearance in 2002, where he was sixth in the combined and tenth in the Super G, Accola eased into a retirement that he announced on his 38th birthday. Over the course of his career, he earned 26 World Cup podium finishes between 1988 and 2000, seven of which were victories (thrice in the combined, twice in the Super G, and once each in the slalom and giant slalom). During his athletic career he worked on his family’s farm, but he later became involved in various entrepreneurial adventures. Tragedy struck in 2012 when he accidentally killed a child with a riding mower, but a Swiss court found him not liable because he had told the children several times not to play in the area while he was mowing. His sister Martina was also an international alpine skier who competed in the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) SUI Paul Accola
Slalom, Men (Olympic) DQ
Combined, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1992 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) SUI Paul Accola
Downhill, Men (Olympic) DNF
Super G, Men (Olympic) 10
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) 4
Slalom, Men (Olympic) 6
Combined, Men (Olympic) 21
1994 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) SUI Paul Accola
Super G, Men (Olympic) 14
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) 19
Slalom, Men (Olympic) 17
Combined, Men (Olympic) 6
1998 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) SUI Paul Accola
Super G, Men (Olympic) 18
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) 7
Slalom, Men (Olympic) 18
Combined, Men (Olympic) DNF
2002 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) SUI Paul Accola
Super G, Men (Olympic) 10
Combined, Men (Olympic) 6

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