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Ingemar Stenmark

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJan Ingemar•Stenmark
Used nameIngemar•Stenmark
Born18 March 1956 in Joesjö, Storuman (SWE)
Measurements181 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsTärna IK Fjällvinden, Tärnaby, Storuman (SWE)
NOC(s) Sweden

Biography

Ingemar Stenmark is the best slalom and giant slalom skier in history. For about a decade, he dominated the World Cup circuit in these events, winning the both World Cups 8 times, as well as three overall World Cups (1976-1978). Competing only in these disciplines, he amassed 86 World Cup victories, a record that is unlikely to be beaten. He won three world titles, grabbing both slalom events in 1978, and taking the slalom gold again in 1982 (with a silver in the giant slalom). He also won both events at the 1980 Olympics, after having gained a bronze in 1976. He might have added more gold medals at the 1984 Winter Olympics, but he was barred as a professional. When he returned in Calgary four years later, he was somewhat past his prime. A 1999 public survey named Stenmark the Swedish athlete of the century. Stenmark hails from the tiny town of Tärnaby (ca. 550 inhabitants), which has produced several other alpine skiers, notably Anja Pärson. Stenmark is currently active as a product developer for Elan, a Slovenian ski brand.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1976 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Giant Slalom, Men Olympic 3 Bronze SWE Ingemar Stenmark
  Slalom, Men Olympic AC
1980 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Giant Slalom, Men Olympic 1 Gold SWE Ingemar Stenmark
  Slalom, Men Olympic 1 Gold
1988 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Giant Slalom, Men Olympic AC SWE Ingemar Stenmark
  Slalom, Men Olympic 5

Other participations

Games Role Details
1980 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony

Special Notes