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Francisco Fernández Ochoa

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameFrancisco•Fernández Ochoa
Used nameFrancisco•Fernández Ochoa
Nick/petnamesPaquito
Born25 February 1950 in Madrid, Madrid (ESP)
Died6 November 2006 in Cercedilla, Madrid (ESP)
Measurements171 cm / 65 kg
AffiliationsClub de Esquí Arroyomolinos, Madrid (ESP)
NOC(s) Spain

Biography

When Francisco Fernández Ochoa won the 1972 Olympic slalom, he became the first Spanish champion at the Winter Olympics. He was in fact the first Spanish Olympic champion since 1928, and the third of all time. His victory came as a major upset, although he had placed in the top 10 at the 1970 World Championships. Fernández’s career only saw one other international victory, winning a slalom World Cup in Zakopane (Poland) in 1974. That same year, the Spaniard also captured a bronze medal in the World Championships slalom, again the first ever won by his country. Born in a family of eight, four of Francisco’s siblings were also successful alpine skiers and competed in the Olympics: Luis, Juan Manuel, Dolores and Blanca. In 1992, Blanca followed in her brother’s footsteps, winning Spain’s second Winter Olympic medal. Fernández, who retired in 1980, was the only Olympian ever to carry his country’s flag twice in the same year; in both Sapporo and München, he marched into the stadium carrying the Spanish banner. “Paquito”, as he was commonly known, died of lymphatic cancer at age 56, barely a week after the unveiling of a statue in his honour.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1968 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Downhill, Men Olympic 38 Representing Spain    
  Giant Slalom, Men Olympic 38
  Slalom, Men Olympic 23
1972 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Giant Slalom, Men Olympic AC Representing Spain    
  Slalom, Men Olympic 1 Gold
1976 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Downhill, Men Olympic 35 Representing Spain    
  Giant Slalom, Men Olympic 24
  Slalom, Men Olympic 9
1980 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Downhill, Men Olympic 27 Representing Spain    
  Giant Slalom, Men Olympic 22
  Slalom, Men Olympic 22

Other participations

Games Role Details
1972 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Spain    
1972 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Spain    
1976 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Spain    
1980 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Spain    

Olympic family relations

Special Notes