Juegos y Medallas

Juegos Resultados Deporte Evento
Nagano 1998
Juegos Resultados Deporte Evento
Nagano 1998
#1
Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom
#2
Alpine Skiing Slalom
Lillehammer 1994
Juegos Resultados Deporte Evento
Lillehammer 1994
#17 Alpine Skiing Super G
#1
Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom
#10 Alpine Skiing Slalom
Albertville 1992
Juegos Resultados Deporte Evento
Albertville 1992
#1
Alpine Skiing Super G
#AC Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom

Deborah COMPAGNONI

Italy
Esquí alpino
Altura
165 cm / 5'5''
Peso
62 kg / 136 libras
Fecha de nacimiento
4 jun. 1970 Bormio, Italy
Género
Femenino

Número de medallas

4 Medallas olímpicas

Juegos Olímpicos

3 Juegos Olímpicos

Deborah COMPAGNONI: biografía

Deborah Compagnoni was the first, and through 2010 remains the only, athlete to have won a gold medal in alpine skiing at three consecutive Winter Olympics. Despite two serious knee ligament injuries she was the most successful female Italian skier ever. She dominated international racing between 1994 and 1998, particularly in the giant slalom, winning every possible major international gold medal.

Compagnoni broke through internationally at 16, winning the downhill bronze medal at the 1986 World Junior Championships, while in the next year she won gold in the giant slalom and a second bronze in downhill. In 1988 she had her first major accident, breaking her right knee, followed by a severe intestinal blockage that put her life at risk. She also excelled in the World Cup where she won 16 races (13 in giant slalom, 2 in super-G, 1 in slalom) and one seasonal World Cup in the giant slalom in 1996-97, winning nine consecutive giant slaloms in the 1997-98 season. She had only four complete competitive seasons (1993, 1994, 1997 and 1998), because of her recurring injuries.

Compagnoni’s début at the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville in 1992 brought her the gold medal in super-G, but in the giant slalom the next day she suffered one of her serious knee ligament injuries. She became World Champion in giant slalom in 1996 and repeated her achievement in 1997, adding slalom gold. She was an eight times Italian Champion in three different disciplines (super-G, giant slalom, slalom) between 1989 and 1997.

At the 1994 Winter Olympics Compagnoni was the Italian flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony and at the Torino Opening Ceremony in 2006, she was the penultimate torch-bearer in the stadium. She also was awarded the Gold Medal of Athletic Merits. After retiring from competition she married Alessandro Benetton, chairman of the Benetton fashion group, with whom she had three children, two girls and a son. Prior to her marriage, Compagnoni had designed race suits and worked as a model. In 2003, after her cousin Barbara Compagnoni died at 21 from leukemia, she founded Skiing for Life, an association raising funds for the research and treatment of this disease. She is also active in anti-smoking campaigns and supports organizations working against the oppression of women.

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