Cindy Nelson

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Cindy Nelson
— Alpine skier —
Disciplines Downhill, Giant Slalom,
Slalom, Combined, Super G
Born (1955-08-19) August 19, 1955 (age 59)
Lutsen, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
World Cup debut December 1971 (age 16)[1]
Retired April 1985 (age 29)
Olympics
Teams 3 - (197684)
missed 1972 – hip injury
Medals 1 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams 5 - (197482)
includes 2 Olympics
Medals 3 (0 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 13 - (1972, '7485)
Wins 6 - (3 DH, 1 SG, 1 GS, 1 K)
Podiums 23
Overall titles 0 - (4th in 1979)
Discipline titles 0 - (2nd in DH, 1978)

Cynthia Lee "Cindy" Nelson (born August 19, 1955) is former World Cup alpine ski racer from the United States.

Racing career[edit]

Born and raised in Lutsen in northeastern Minnesota, Nelson's family ran the local ski area and she was on skis before the age of three. She raced in all five alpine disciplines, with a focus on downhill, and was on the World Cup squad of the U.S. Ski Team at age 16.[1] Nelson won the silver medal in the downhill at the 1982 World Championships[2] and was the bronze medalist in the downhill at the 1976 Winter Olympics.[3][4][5]

During her first World Cup season, she had two top-15 finishes in downhill as the 1972 Winter Olympics neared.[1] She was expected to make the U.S. Olympic team, but dislocated a hip in a downhill at Grindelwald on January 18, two weeks before the games began.[6] She missed those Winter Olympics[7] but competed in 1976, 1980, and 1984.[8] Two years after her hip injury she won her first World Cup race back at Grindelwald in 1974, the first-ever American to gain a World Cup victory in downhill. Nelson's only victory in a World Cup giant slalom was also her only win in North America, in the rain at Whistler, British Columbia.[9] She retired from international competition after the 1985 season with six World Cup wins, 26 podiums, and 123 top ten finishes.

World Cup results[edit]

Race victories[edit]

  • 6 wins - (3 DH, 1 SG, 1 GS, 1 K)
  • 23 podiums - (15 DH, 1 SG, 4 GS, 1 SL, 1 K)
Season Date Location Discipline
1974 13 Jan 1974 Switzerland Grindelwald, Switzerland Downhill
1975 21 Dec 1974 Austria Saalbach, Austria Downhill
1 Mar 1975 Canada Whistler, Canada[9] Giant Slalom
1976 9 Jan 1976 Switzerland Hasliberg, Switzerland Combined
1979 9 Feb 1979 West Germany Pfronten, West Germany Downhill
1983 10 Jan 1983 Switzerland Verbier, Switzerland Super G

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1974 18 15 14 not
run
not
awarded
1975 19 8 28 6 4
1976 20 8 12 6 7 3
1977 21 19 19 19 10 not
awarded
1978 22 5 13 8 2
1979 23 4 26 7 4
1980 24 10 43 31 4 3
1981 25 8 15 12 7 7
1982 26 5 25 7 7 3
1983 27 7 39 2 not
awarded
(w/ GS)
25 7
1984 28 41 15
1985 29 48 22 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Johnson, William O. (January 27, 1975). "Here Today, Gold Tomorrow". Sports Illustrated: 50. 
  2. ^ Dobbin, Winsor (February 5, 1982). "North Americans conquer downhill". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. p. 21. 
  3. ^ Johnson, William Oscar (February 16, 1976). "On came the heroes". Sports Illustrated: 13. 
  4. ^ Grimsley, Will (February 9, 1976). "Cindy Nelson beats mountain". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. p. 3B. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Robert (March 4, 1985). "Cindy Nelson's long skiing career is nearing its final downhill run". Sports Illustrated: 6. 
  6. ^ "Cindy Nelson's injury jolts U.S. ski hopes". Associated Press. January 19, 1972. p. 43. 
  7. ^ Minthorn, David (January 21, 1976). "Cindy Nelson U.S. ski hope". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. p. 31. 
  8. ^ Kupper, Mike (February 14, 1984). "All uphill, but Nelson comes back". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1-part 3. 
  9. ^ a b "Cindy Nelson beats slime in (giant) slalom". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. March 2, 1975. p. 8. 
  10. ^ "Cindy Nelson winner of new super slalom". Ottawa Citizen. Associated Press. March 24, 1982. p. 31. 

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