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  • News | Lake Placid 1980

    Gold at last for snow queen Moser-Pröll

    Annemarie Moser-Pröll arrived at Lake Placid in 1980 having already won a string of FIS World Championship gold medals and two Olympic silvers. But despite her status as the greatest woman Alpine skier on the slopes she had never taken a first place at the Games in either the downhill or giant slalom events.
    02 Feb 1980 | Lake Placid 1980, Alpine Skiing, Austria
  • News | Innsbruck 1976

    Hemmi springs a surprise in the giant slalom

    Franz Klammer may have sealed legendary status with his death-defying downhill performance in Innsbruck, but the Austrian didn’t have a monopoly on surprise victories in the 1976 Olympics. Slalom racing fans still recall the surprise gold medal won by a bricklayer from Switzerland by the name of Heini Hemmi.
    13 Feb 1976 | Innsbruck 1976, Alpine Skiing, Switzerland, Olympic News
  • News | Innsbruck 1976

    Kreiner's teen spirit prevails in the giant slalom

    As she waited at the starting gate, ready to launch herself down the giant slalom course at the 1976 Olympic Winter Games, 17-year-old Kathy Kreiner told herself “They don’t know it, but I am going to win.” So it proved.
    08 Feb 1976 | Innsbruck 1976, Alpine Skiing, Canada, Olympic News
  • News | Innsbruck 1976

    Golden oldie Mittermaier enjoys double Alpine triumph

    Alpine skier Rosi Mittermaier’s medal prospects didn’t look great at the start of the 1976 Winter Olympics, which had been hastily transferred from Denver in the US to Innsbruck, Austria, after the American city baulked at the cost of staging the event.
    07 Feb 1976 | Innsbruck 1976, Alpine Skiing, Germany, Olympic News
  • News | Sapporo 1972

    Cochran defends family honour

    Remarkably, there were three members of the Cochran family competing in the Alpine events in Sapporo 1972. Siblings Marilyn, Bob and Barbara had all been coached from a young age by their father in their native Vermont, and had gone on to compete internationally.
    05 Feb 1972 | Sapporo 1972, Olympic News, Alpine Skiing, United States of America
  • News | Sapporo 1972

    Teenager Nadig wins shock double gold

    Swiss skier Marie-Thérèse Nadig was an intriguing debutante at these Games. Still just 17, she had been improving steadily in the months running up to Sapporo, securing her first podium finish on the World Cup circuit, prompting suggestions that she could be an outsider for a medal.
    05 Feb 1972 | Sapporo 1972, Olympic News, Alpine Skiing, Switzerland
  • News | Sapporo 1972

    Ochoa blazes Winter trail for Spain

    Spain’s Francisco Ochoa was the author of the biggest shock of these Games, and one of the biggest in Olympic history
    05 Feb 1972 | Sapporo 1972, Olympic News, Alpine Skiing, Spain
  • News | Sapporo 1972

    Thöni ends Italy’s Alpine drought

    Going into Sapporo 1972, Italy had been without an Olympic gold medal winner in the Alpine events for two decades. The last success had come back in 1952 when Zeno Colò took victory in the downhill in Oslo.
    05 Feb 1972 | Sapporo 1972, Olympic News, Alpine Skiing, Italy
  • News | Grenoble 1968

    Killy instinct delivers triple gold on the slopes

    When the Olympic Winter Games arrived in Grenoble, there was enormous expectation among the French public for a home hero. The obvious focus was Jean-Claude Killy, a charming and hugely talented 24-year-old who exuded confidence but who had to shoulder a huge burden of expectation.
    02 Oct 1968 | Olympic News, Grenoble 1968, Alpine Skiing, France, KILLY, Jean-Claude
  • News | Grenoble 1968

    Tigerish Greene claims giant slalom gold

    The women’s giant slalom produced one of the outstanding displays of these Games. Nancy Greene, a Canadian known as Tiger because of her aggressive style, was competing in her third Olympic Games, and had never before finished higher than 7th place. However, she had come into the Games on the back of an emphatic victory in the inaugural World Cup in 1967, a title she retained the following season.
    17 Feb 1968 | Olympic News, Grenoble 1968, Alpine Skiing, Canada, GREENE, Nancy
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