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Date and place of birth:19 December 1966 in Bologna (Italy)
Calgary 1988: gold in the giant slalom and slalom
Albertville 1992: gold in the giant slalom, silver in the slalom
The owner of this Alpine skiing outfit, worn during the giant slalom at the 1998 Games in Nagano, was none other than the charismatic Alberto Tomba, nicknamed “la Bomba”. During his career, he wrote some of the greatest pages in the history of Italian skiing. He began his Olympic career at the 1988 Games in Calgary, and created a sensation by winning two gold medals (giant slalom and slalom). His second Olympic appearance, in Albertville in 1992, was just as fruitful: a gold medal in the giant slalom and a bronze in the slalom. He also became the first Alpine skier to win the same event at two Games in a row. But he would do even better than that: by winning a silver medal at the Games in Lillehammer in 1994, he became the first Alpine skier to win medals in three successive editions of the Games. By the end of his competition career in 1998, he had won five Olympic medals to add to his 50 World Cup victories.
Because of his “explosive” skiing style, journalists nicknamed Tomba “la Bomba”. Added to that, his exuberant nature and strong character made him hugely popular in Italy.