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François Bonlieu

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameFrançois Pierre Philippe•Bonlieu
Used nameFrançois•Bonlieu
Born21 March 1937 in Juvincourt-et-Damary, Aisne (FRA)
Died18 August 1973 in Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes (FRA)
Measurements167 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsCR Mont Blanc
NOC France

Biography

François Bonlieu became a member of the French ski team when he was only 15 years old. In 1954, when only 17, he won a silver medal in the giant slalom at the World Championships in Aare. In 1958, Bonlieu added a World bronze medal at the championships in Bad Gastein, Austria. Although he competed at both the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Winter Games, he had failed to win a medal. In 1964, however, he came thru to win the gold medal in the giant slalom at Innsbruck. He was also a two-time slalom winner at the Arlberg-Kandahar, in 1959 and 1963, and was a three-time French national champion. Bonlieu’s sister, Edith, also skied at the 1956 Winter Olympics. François Bonlieu eventually was killed in a fight in Cannes on the Promenade de la Croisette, after an argument.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) FRA François Bonlieu
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) 9
1960 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) FRA François Bonlieu
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) 11
Slalom, Men (Olympic) AC
1964 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) FRA François Bonlieu
Downhill, Men (Olympic) 15
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Slalom, Men (Olympic) AC r2/2

Olympic family relations

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