Deborah Compagnoni

Deborah Compagnoni (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdɛːbora kompaɲˈɲoːni]; born 4 June 1970) is an Italian former Alpine skier who won three gold medals at the 1992, 1994, and 1998 Winter Olympics.[1]

Deborah Compagnoni
Alpine skier
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Deborah Compagnoni in March 2010
Born (1970-06-04) 4 June 1970 (age 51)
Bormio, Italy
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
World Cup debut1986
Retired1999
Olympics
Medals4 (3 gold)
World Championships
Medals3 (3 gold)
World Cup
Seasons14
Wins16
Podiums44
Overall titles0 (4th 1998 & 1999)
Discipline titles1 (Gs 1997)
Medal record
International alpine ski competitions
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 3 1 0
World Championships 3 0 0
Total 6 1 0
World Cup race podiums
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Super-G 2 0 1
Giant 13 10 8
Slalom 1 5 4
Total 16 15 13
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Albertville Super-G
Gold medal – first place 1994 Lillehammer Giant Slalom
Gold medal – first place 1998 Nagano Giant Slalom
Silver medal – second place 1998 Nagano Slalom
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1996 Sierra Nevada Giant Slalom
Gold medal – first place 1997 Sestrière Giant Slalom
Gold medal – first place 1997 Sestrière Slalom

BiographyEdit

Deborah Compagnoni was born in Bormio, northern Lombardy, and skied with the G.S. Forestale club.[1]

Compagnoni soon attracted attention for her great talent. Her career was always marked by major successes, but also by serious accidents. After her first major victory, the World Junior title in Giant slalom, and her first podium in World Cup, she broke her right knee in the Val d'Isére downhill. After surgery, she decided to stop competing in downhill races, where her talent could have permitted even greater successes than those she obtained in her still outstanding career.[1]

Compagnoni won her first race in the World Cup in 1992. She also won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics of the same year, again in the Super-G: However, while racing the Giant Slalom, one day later, she destroyed her left knee.[1]

In the following years, she left the speed disciplines (downhill and Super-G), confirming herself as one of the best Giant Slalom specialists. Her fragile knees hindered Compagnoni's practice activity, and limited the number of victories in the World Cup; however, she always arrived in her best shape for the major championships. In 1994, at the Lillehammer Olympics, she won the gold medal in the Giant Slalom, a feat she repeated four years later in Nagano. In 1998, she won also a silver medal in the Slalom, finishing second by only 0.06 seconds.[1]

Compagnoni won the World Championship in Giant Slalom in 1996; in the following year's edition, she repeated the victory, alongside winning with the Slalom title, a feat never accomplished by any other Italian female skier. She won a total of 16 races in the Alpine Skiing World Cup (13 Giant Slalom, 2 Super-G, and 1 Slalom), plus a Giant Slalom World Cup in 1997.[1]

Deborah Compagnoni is considered the best Italian female skier of all time, the equal of famous male champions like Gustav Thöni and Alberto Tomba. The World Cup skiing track in her native Santa Caterina Valfurva has been named after her.[citation needed]

She is married to Alessandro Benetton, and they have three children: Agnese, Tobias, and Luce; they live in Ponzano Veneto, Italy.[2][3]

World Cup resultsEdit

Season titlesEdit

Season Discipline
1997 Giant Slalom

Season standingsEdit

Season Overall Downhill Super-G Giant Slalom Slalom Combined
Place Points Place Points Place Points Place Points Place Points Place Points
1987/88 40. 24 22. 12 17. 12
1988/89 did not participate due to an injury
1989/90 52. 19 22. 9 24. 10
1990/91 57. 12 17. 12
1991/92 11. 590 15. 126 4. 344 19. 120
1992/93 11. 535 6. 230 8. 200 17. 105
1993/94 6. 841 18. 91 3. 515 12. 195 12. 40
1994/95 12. 524 25. 74 5. 325 14. 125
1995/96 22. 346 6. 280 30. 66
1996/97 4. 967 1. 560 3. 407
1997/98 4. 912 2. 565 6. 304
1998/99 22. 347 9. 256 23. 91

Races victoriesEdit

These are her world cup victories.[4]

Date Location Race
26 January 1992 Morzine Super-G
7 March 1993 Morzine Super-G
5 December 1993 Tignes Giant Slalom
11 December 1993 Veysonnaz Giant Slalom
5 January 1994 Morzine Giant Slalom
8 January 1995 Haus im Ennstal Giant Slalom
2 March 1996 Narvik Giant Slalom
29 December 1996 Semmering Slalom
17 January 1997 Zwiesel Giant Slalom
18 January 1997 Zwiesel Giant Slalom
26 January 1997 Cortina d'Ampezzo Giant Slalom
15 March 1997 Vail Giant Slalom
25 October 1997 Tignes Giant Slalom
21 November 1997 Park City Giant Slalom
19 December 1997 Val-d'Isère Giant Slalom
6 January 1998 Bormio Giant Slalom

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Deborah Compagnoni - Athlete Information". fis-ski.com. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  2. ^ "A life in the day: Alessandro Benetton, retail magnate", The Sunday Times, John Follain, 13 April 2008
  3. ^ "Alessandro Benetton: Future Perfect", Elle, Alexandra Marshall, 6 January 2010 Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica almanac 2008

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Fiona May
Italian Sportswoman of the Year
1996-1997-1998
Succeeded by
Stefania Belmondo
Winter Olympics
Preceded by
Alberto Tomba
  Flag bearer for Italy
1994 Lillehammer
Succeeded by
Gerda Weissensteiner