Didier Défago

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Didier Défago
— Alpine skier —
Didier Defago.jpg
Défago in December 2006
Disciplines Downhill, Super G
Giant slalom, Combined
Born (1977-10-02) 2 October 1977 (age 36)
Morgins, Valais, Switzerland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
World Cup debut 7 March 1996 (age 18)
Website Didier Defago.ch
Olympics
Teams 3 – (2002, 2006, 2010)
Medals 1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams 6 – (200109, 2013)
Medals 0
World Cup
Wins 5 – (3 DH, 2 SG)
Podiums 15
Overall titles 0 – (6th in 2005, 2009)
Discipline titles 0 – (3rd in DH, SG; 2009)

Didier Défago (born 2 October 1977) is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Switzerland.

Born in Morgins, Valais, Défago made his World Cup debut at age 18 in March 1996, and was Swiss national champion in downhill (2003) and Giant slalom (2004). At the 2010 Winter Olympics, he won the downhill at Whistler to become the Olympic champion.[1]

Didier Défago winning gold
at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Défago finished the 2005 World Cup season as sixth overall and fourth in the Super-G, his most successful season so far. In 2009 he won two downhill races in a row, the classics at Wengen and Kitzbühel.[2] He was the first to win these in consecutive weeks since Stephan Eberharter in 2002, and the first Swiss racer since Franz Heinzer in 1992.

While training on a glacier above Zermatt in mid-September 2010, Defago fell and injured ligaments in his left knee, ending his 2011 season.[3]

Victories[edit]

  • 1000 Olympic gold medal (DH)
  • 5 World Cup races
Date Event Location Discipline
20 Dec 2002 2003 World Cup Val Gardena, Italy Super-G
17 Jan 2009   2009 World Cup      Wengen, Switzerland   Downhill
24 Jan 2009 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill
15 Feb 2010 2010 Olympics Whistler, Canada Downhill
29 Dec 2011 2012 World Cup Bormio, Italy Downhill
26 Jan 2014 2014 World Cup Kitzbühel, Austria Super-G

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Didier Defago lands downhill gold to end Swiss misery". Daily Mail. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Defago wins World Cup downhill on Streif". USA Today. Associated Press. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Ski Racing.com – 15 September 2010

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