Stefania Belmondo

Stefania Belmondo (born 13 January 1969) is an Italian former cross-country skier, two time olympic champion and four time world champion in her career.

Stefania Belmondo
Stefania Belmondo.jpg
Country Italy
Born (1969-01-13) 13 January 1969 (age 51)
Vinadio, Cuneo, Italy
Height158 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Ski clubG.S. Forestale
World Cup career
Seasons19892002
Individual wins23
Team wins4
Indiv. podiums66
Team podiums27
Indiv. starts162
Team starts47
Overall titles0 – (2nd in 1991, 1992, 1997 & 1999)
Discipline titles1 – (1 SP: 1997)

BiographyEdit

DebutEdit

Belmondo was born in Vinadio, in the province of Cuneo (Piedmont), the daughter of a housewife and an electric company employee. In her career she skied with the G.S. Forestale.

She started to ski at the age of three in the Piedmontese mountains of her native city. She made her debut at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 1987. The next season she joined the main national team of Italy, and then participated at the 1988 Winter Olympics, held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 1989, she won a World Cup event for her first time, in Salt Lake City, and ended that season second overall.

Early success, injury, returnEdit

At the 1991 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, she won a bronze medal in the 15 km trial, and a silver in the 4 × 5 km relay. The 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville brought the first gold medal for Belmondo, in the 30 km specialty. At the 1993 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, she won golds in the 5 km + 10 km combined pursuit and the 30 km, and a silver in the 4 × 5 km relay, before an injury to her right hallux required a surgery, and caused a 4-month absence from competition.

After a second operation, Belmondo participated to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, gaining just two bronze medals; after this disappointing performance she decided to continue skiing, against the advice of her physician. The 1996–97 season was one of her best since the surgeries, when she won three silver medals (5 km, 15 km, 30 km), all were behind Russian Yelena Välbe though she tied with Välbe in the 5 km + 10 km combined pursuit event. In the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, she won a third place with the 4 × 5 km relay, and an individual silver in the 30 km. The bronze medal in the relay was remarkable because the Italian team was ninth as Belmondo started the last leg. The 1999 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships saw Stefania Belmondo win two gold medals (5 km + 10 km combined pursuit, 15 km) and a silver (4 × 5 km relay).

In her final year of competition, 2002, she won a gold medal, as well as a silver and a bronze, in the Winter Olympics. She concluded that year's World Cup in third place.

Other career successesEdit

1997 World ChampionshipsEdit

At the 15 km (9 mi) pursuit event world championships in Trondheim 1997 the organizers had to resort to Photo finish to determine who between Stefania Belmondo and Yelena Välbe had won the race. Eventually the gold medal is awarded to the Russian and the Italian Silver for just 2 cm (0.8 in), [1] both athletes are still credited the same time.[2]

2006 Winter OlympicsEdit

At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, in her native region of Piedmont, she lit the Olympic Flame at the opening ceremony. During the 2006 Winter Olympics, Belmondo had a series of webpages on the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games website regarding her reaction and emotions during the games.

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[3]

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 10 medals – (2 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze)
 Year   Age   5 km   10 km  15 km  Pursuit   20 km  30 km  Sprint  4 × 5 km 
 relay 
1988 19 19 N/A N/A 29 N/A N/A 10
1992 23 4 N/A 5 Silver N/A Gold N/A Bronze
1994 25 13 N/A 4 Bronze N/A N/A Bronze
1998 29 12 N/A 8 5 N/A Silver N/A Bronze
2002 33 N/A Bronze Gold 11 N/A Silver 6

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 13 medals – (4 gold, 7 silver, 2 bronze)
 Year   Age   5 km  10 km
 classical 
 10 km
 freestyle 
 15 km  Pursuit  30 km  Sprint  4 × 5 km 
 relay 
1989 20 N/A 11 10 N/A N/A 6
1991 22 10 N/A 7 Bronze N/A 4 N/A Silver
1993 24 5 N/A N/A 6 Gold Gold N/A Silver
1995 26 8 N/A N/A 12 5 N/A 4
1997 28 Silver N/A N/A Silver Silver Silver N/A 4
1999 30 8 N/A N/A Gold Gold 13 N/A Silver
2001 32 N/A 4 N/A 4 8 CNX[a] Bronze
a. 1 Cancelled due to extremely cold weather.

World CupEdit

Season titlesEdit

  • 1 title – (1 sprint)
Season
Discipline
1997

Sprint

Season standingsEdit

 Season   Age 
Overall Long Distance Middle Distance Sprint
1989 20 13 N/A N/A N/A
1990 21 8 N/A N/A N/A
1991 22   N/A N/A N/A
1992 23   N/A N/A N/A
1993 24   N/A N/A N/A
1994 25 4 N/A N/A N/A
1995 26 7 N/A N/A N/A
1996 27 6 N/A N/A N/A
1997 28     N/A  
1998 29     N/A  
1999 30     N/A 5
2000 31 6 7   37
2001 32 4 N/A N/A 7
2002 33   N/A N/A NC

Individual podiumsEdit

  • 23 victories
  • 66 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 1989–90 10 December 1989   Soldier Hollow, United States 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
2 1990–91 8 December 1990   Tauplitzalm, Austria 10 km + 15 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 1st
3 20 December 1990   Les Saisies, France 5 km + 10 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 2nd
4 8 February1991   Val di Fiemme, Italy 15 km Individual C World Championships[1] 3rd
5  1991–92  7 December 1991   Silver Star, Canada 5 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
6 8 December 1991   Silver Star, Canada 10 km Pursuit C World Cup 1st
7 8 December 1991   Cogne, Italy 30 km Individual F World Cup 1st
8 15 February1992   Albertville, France 10 km Pursuit F Olympic Games[1] 2nd
9 21 February1992   Albertville, France 30 km Individual F Olympic Games[1] 1st
10 1 March 1992   Lahti, Finland 30 km Individual C World Cup 1st
11 14 March 1992   Vang, Norway 15 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
12  1992–93  9 January 1993   Ulrichen, Switzerland 10 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
13 16 January 1993   Cogne, Italy 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
14 23 February 1993   Falun, Sweden 10 km Pursuit F World Championships[1] 1st
15 27 February 1993   Falun, Sweden 30 km Individual F World Championships[1] 1st
16 6 March 1993   Lahti, Finland 5 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
17  1993–94  11 December 1993   Santa Caterina, Italy 5 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
18 18 December 1993   Davos, Switzerland 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
19 17 February 1994   Lillehammer, Norway 10 km Pursuit F Olympic Games[1] 3rd
20 6 March 1994   Lahti, Finland 30 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
21  1994–95  7 January 1995   Östersund, Sweden 30 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
22 1995–96 29 November 1995   Gällivare, Sweden 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
23 9 January 1996   Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia 30 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
24 2 February 1996   Seefeld, Austria 5 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
25 2 March 1996   Lahti, Finland 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
26  1996–97  23 November 1996   Kiruna, Sweden 5 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
27 7 December 1996   Davos, Switzerland 10 km Individual C World Cup 1st
28 14 December 1996   Brusson, Italy 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
29 11 January 1997   Hakuba, Japan 5 km Individual C World Cup 1st
30 12 January 1997   Hakuba, Japan 10 km Pursuit F World Cup 1st
31 18 January 1997   Lahti, Finland 15 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
32 21 February 1997   Trondheim, Norway 15 km Individual F World Championships[1] 2nd
33 23 February 1997   Trondheim, Norway 5 km Individual C World Championships[1] 2nd
34 24 February 1997   Trondheim, Norway 10 km Pursuit F World Championships[1] 2nd
35 1 March 1997   Trondheim, Norway 30 km Individual C World Championships[1] 2nd
36 8 March 1997   Falun, Sweden 5 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
37 15 March 1997   Oslo, Norway 30 km Individual F World Cup 1st
38  1997–98  16 December 1997   Val di Fiemme, Italy 15 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
39 4 January 1998   Kavgolovo, Russia 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
40 11 January 1998   Ramsau, Austria 10 km Pursuit F World Cup 1st
41 7 March 1998   Lahti, Finland 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
42 11 March 1998   Falun, Sweden 5 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
43  1998–99  28 November 1998   Muonio, Finland 5 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
44 12 January 1999   Nové Město, Czech Republic 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
45 14 February 1999   Seefeld, Austria 5 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
46 19 February 1999   Ramsau, Austria 15 km Individual F World Championships[1] 1st
47 23 February 1999   Ramsau, Austria 10 km Pursuit F World Championships[1] 1st
48 20 March 1999   Oslo, Norway 30 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
49 1999–00 2 February 2000   Trondheim, Norway 5 km Individual F World Cup 1st
50 16 February 2000   Ulrichen, Switzerland 5 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
51 20 February 2000   Transjurassienne, France 44 km Mass Start F World Cup 1st
52 26 February 2000   Falun, Sweden 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
53 18 March 2000   Bormio, Italy 10 km Pursuit F World Cup 2nd
54  2000–01  25 November 2000   Beitostølen, Norway 10 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
55 29 November 2000   Beitostølen, Norway 5 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
56 8 December 2000   Santa Caterina, Italy 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
57 29 December 2000   Engelberg, Switzerland 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
58 10 January 2001   Soldier Hollow, United States 5 km + 5 km Pursuit World Cup 3rd
59 4 March 2001   Kavgolovo, Russia 15 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
60  2001–02  12 December 2001   Brusson, Italy 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
61 15 December 2001   Davos, Switzerland 10 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
62 22 December 2001   Ramsau, Austria 15 km Mass Start F World Cup 2nd
63 12 January 2002   Nové Město, Czech Republic 5 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
64 2 March 2002   Lahti, Finland 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
65 9 March 2002   Falun, Sweden 5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 1st
66 16 March 2002   Oslo, Norway 30 km Individual F World Cup 1st

Team podiumsEdit

  • 4 victories – (22 RL, 5 TS)
  • 27 podiums – (24 RL, 4 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1  1990–91  15 February 1991   Val di Fiemme, Italy 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Championships[1] 2nd Vanzetta / Di Centa / Paruzzi
2  1991–92  18 February 1992   Albertville, France 4 × 5 km Relay C/F Olympic Games[1] 3rd Vanzetta / Di Centa / Paruzzi
3  1992–93  26 February 1993   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Championships[1] 2nd Vanzetta / Di Centa / Paruzzi
4  1993–94  22 February 1994   Lillehammer, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C/F Olympic Games[1] 3rd Vanzetta / Di Centa / Paruzzi
5  1994–95  7 February 1995   Hamar, Norway 4 × 3 km Relay F World Cup 3rd Valbusa / Dal Sasso / Paluselli
6  1995–96  17 December 1995   Santa Caterina, Italy 4 × 5 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Paluselli / Paruzzi / Di Centa
7 14 January 1996   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 5 km Relay C World Cup 3rd Paluselli / Paruzzi / Di Centa
8 3 February 1996   Seefeld, Austria 6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Di Centa
9 10 March 1996   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Giacomuzzi / Di Centa / Dal Sasso
10  1996–97  15 December 1996   Brusson, Italy 4 × 5 km Relay F World Cup 3rd Paruzzi / Valbusa / Dal Sasso
11 19 January 1997   Lahti, Finland 8 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Valbusa
12 16 March 1997   Oslo, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay F World Cup 3rd Paruzzi / Peyrot / Valbusa
13  1997–98  23 November 1997   Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C World Cup 3rd Moroder / Valbusa / Paruzzi
14 7 December 1997   Santa Caterina, Italy 4 × 5 km Relay F World Cup 3rd Paruzzi / Moroder / Valbusa
15 14 December 1997   Val di Fiemme, Italy 4 × 5 km Relay F World Cup 2nd Paruzzi / Di Centa / Valbusa
16  1998–99  29 November 1998   Muonio, Finland 4 × 5 km Relay F World Cup 2nd Moroder / Paruzzi / Valbusa
17 20 December 1998   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Paruzzi / Confortola / Valbusa
18 10 January 1999   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Paruzzi / Confortola / Valbusa
19 26 February 1999   Ramsau, Austria 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Championships[1] 2nd Valbusa / Paruzzi / Confortola
20 14 March 1999   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Valbusa / Paruzzi / Confortola
21  1999–00  8 December 1999   Asiago, Italy Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Moroder
22 27 February 2000   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay F World Cup 3rd Paruzzi / Valbusa / Confortola
23  2000–01  13 December 2000   Clusone, Italy 6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Valbusa
24 13 January 2001   Soldier Hollow, United States 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Valbusa / Paruzzi / Paluselli
25  2001–02  16 December 2001   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Paluselli / Paruzzi / Follis
26 2 March 2002   Lahti, Finland 4 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 3rd Philippot
27 10 March 2002   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Valbusa / Paruzzi / Paluselli

Note: 1 Until the 1999 World Championships and the 1994 Olympics, World Championship and Olympic races were included in the World Cup scoring system.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Trondheim (NOR) 1997 World Ski Championships - Podium". fis-ski.com. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Trondheim (NOR) 1997 World Ski Championships - Results". fis-ski.com. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  3. ^ "BELMONDO Stefania". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 21 December 2019.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Giovanna Trillini
Deborah Compagnoni
Valentina Vezzali
Italian Sportswoman of the Year
1993
1999
2002
Succeeded by
Manuela Di Centa
Valentina Vezzali
Valentina Vezzali
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Nikolaos Kaklamanakis
Final Olympic torchbearer
Torino 2006
Succeeded by
Li Ning
Preceded by
1980 USA men's ice hockey team
Final Winter Olympic torchbearer
Torino 2006
Succeeded by
Catriona Le May Doan, Steve Nash,
Nancy Greene and Wayne Gretzky