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 37)
Morgins, Valais, Switzerland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
World Cup debut 7 March 1996 (age 18)
Website didierdefago.ch
Olympics
Teams 4 – (20022014)
Medals 1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams 7 – (200109, '1315)
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]

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
1996 18 126 38
1997 19 injured
1998 20 138 54
1999 21 93 29
2000 22 27 15 16 39
2001 23 24 23 13 17
2002 24 14 13 7 34 7
2003 25 11 53 11 7 18 7
2004 26 32 31 26 21 13
2005 27 6 14 4 15 3
2006 28 15 52 21 22 9 9
2007 29 14 61 9 14 21 15
2008 30 9 18 4 9 21
2009 31 6 20 3 3 20
2010 32 12 28 12 8 8
2011 33 injured
2012 34 18 17 19 13 23
2013 35 30 19 26 29
2014 36 19 36 6 16

Race podiums[edit]

  • 5 wins – (3 DH, 2 SG)
  • 15 podiums – (4 DH, 7 SG, 3 SC, 1 GS)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
2002 03 Mar 2002 Kvitfjell, Norway Super-G 2nd
2003 20 Dec 2002 Val Gardena, Italy Super-G 1st
26 Jan 2003 Kitzbühel, Austria Combined 3rd
2005 14 Jan 2005 Wengen, Switzerland Combined 3rd
20 Feb 2005 Garmisch, Germany Super-G 2nd
06 Mar 2005 Kvitfjell, Norway Super-G 2nd
2007 17 Dec 2006 Alta Badia, Italy Giant Slalom 3rd
2008 13 Mar 2008 Bormio, Italy Super-G 2nd
2009 19 Dec 2008 Val Gardena, Italy Super-G 2nd
17 Jan 2009 Wengen, Switzerland Downhill 1st
24 Jan 2009 Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill 1st
2010 04 Dec 2009 Beaver Creek, USA Super Combined 2nd
29 Dec 2009 Bormio, Italy Downhill 2nd
2012 29 Dec 2011 Bormio, Italy Downhill 1st
2014 26 Jan 2014 Kitzbühel, Austria Super-G 1st

World Championship results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2001 23 11
2003 25 22 21 7
2005 27 12 7 6 14
2007 29 13 17 10 4
2009 31 20 8 DNF
2011 33 injured
2013 35 DNF2 26 8
2015 37 7 11

Olympic results Olympic rings with white rims.svg[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2002 24 14 6 21 DNF2
2006 28 14 16 26 DNF2
2010 32 15 1 DNF2
2014 36 DNF1 DNF 14

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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