Cercedilla

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Cercedilla
Municipality
Church of St. Sebastian.
Church of St. Sebastian.
Flag of Cercedilla
Flag
Official seal of Cercedilla
Seal
Coordinates: 40°44′15″N 4°32′47″W / 40.73750°N 4.54639°W / 40.73750; -4.54639
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Community of Madrid
Province Madrid
Comarca Sierra Oeste
Government
 • Mayor Eugenio Romero Arribas
Area
 • Total 35.8 km2 (13.8 sq mi)
Elevation 1,214 m (3,983 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 7,023
 • Density 200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Demonym Parraos
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website Official website

Cercedilla is a municipality of the autonomous community of Madrid in central Spain. It is located in the Sierra de Guadarrama.

Statue in Cercedilla of
Francisco Fernández Ochoa

It was the hometown of Francisco Fernández Ochoa (1950-2006), an alpine ski racer known for being the first (& only) Spaniard to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. He won the slalom in 1972 in Japan. Less than two weeks before his death from cancer, a statue was erected in his honor in Cercedilla.[citation needed]

Many of his siblings were also on the national ski team; his sister Blanca won an Olympic bronze medal in 1992 in France.

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