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Alberto Tomba

Affectionately nicknamed “Tomba La Bomba”, Alberto Tomba is one of the most widely known and greatest skiers of all time.

The Italian’s record at Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup level assure him of his place among the legends of alpine skiing. But his power, big personality and a daring unique style made him as popular as he was successful.

Tomba’s glittering career saw him win three Olympic golds, two World Championships and nine World Cup season titles - four in slalom and four in giant slalom, as well as one overall title.

Tomba’s first Winter Olympic Games proved his most successful, taking the top prize in the slalom and giant slalom at Calgary 1988. Four years later, in the seemingly appropriately named Albertville, he defended his title, and in doing so, became the first alpine skier to win the same Olympic event twice.

He also won slalom silver, while the third of his four Olympic appearances saw Tomba win his second Olympic silver and fifth Games medal in total by securing second place in slalom at Lillehammer 1994.

Tomba retired at the end of the 1998 season, not long after his final Olympic appearance, with a total of 50 World Cup wins.

I really lack the words to compliment myself today.

Alberto Tomba, Alpine Skiing, ITA

10 episodes


Patagonia Dreaming

World-class skiers and snowboarders travel to the end of the world to live and train during the summer off-season months.

Memorable Winter Games Moments

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