Francisco Fernández Ochoa

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Francisco Fernández Ochoa
— Alpine skier —
Disciplines Downhill, Giant Slalom,
Slalom, Combined
Club Club de Esquí Arroyomolinos, Madrid
Born (1950-02-25)February 25, 1950
Madrid, Spain
Died November 6, 2006(2006-11-06) (aged 56)
Cercedilla, Spain
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
World Cup debut January 26, 1969 - (age 18)
Retired April 1980
Teams 4 - 1968-80
Medals 1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams 7 - 1968-80
includes 4 Olympics
Medals 2 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 12 - (1969-80)
Wins 1 - (1 SL)
Podiums 4 - (2 SL, 2 K)
Overall titles 0 - (9th - 1975)
Discipline titles 0 - (7th - 1975, slalom)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Fernández and the second or maternal family name is Ochoa.

Francisco "Paquito" Fernández Ochoa (February 25, 1950 – November 6, 2006) was an alpine ski racer from Spain. Born in Madrid but raised north of the city in Cercedilla, he was the eldest of eight children whose father ran a ski school. Paquito raced in all of the alpine disciplines and specialized in the slalom.

At the age of 21 he won an Olympic gold medal in the slalom at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. He is known for being the first (& only) Spaniard to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

Thirty years later, German-born Johann Mühlegg won three gold medals in cross-country skiing for Spain in 2002, but was later stripped of his gold medals for doping offenses.

Fernández Ochoa made his international debut at age 17 at the 1968 Winter Olympics, where he finished 38th in the downhill and giant slalom, and 23rd in the slalom. His first top ten finish on the World Cup circuit was the following season, a sixth place finish in the slalom at Megève, France, on January 26, 1969.

He was one of five siblings that raced for the Spanish alpine ski team and competed at the Winter Olympics (brothers Luís and Juan Manuel and sisters Dolores and Blanca). Blanca was the only other Spanish skier to win a medal at the Winter Olympics; she won the bronze in the women's slalom at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

Statue of Fernández Ochoa
in Cercedilla, Spain

Fernández Ochoa competed in four Winter Olympics (1968-80).[1] He won only one World Cup race, a slalom in 1974 in Zakopane, Poland. Both of his career wins came over Gustav Thöni of Italy, the dominant technical ski racer of the early 1970s.

At the 1974 World Championships, Fernández Ochoa won a bronze medal in the slalom. His best season was 1975; he finished 9th in the overall standings and 7th in the slalom standings. He finished ninth in the slalom at the 1976 Winter Olympics.

Fernández Ochoa retired from international competition at age 30, following the 1980 World Cup season, and finished with four World Cup podiums (top 3) and 30 top ten finishes. He then raced for several seasons on the pro tour in North America.

Fernández Ochoa died of lymphatic cancer at age 56 in Cercedilla, Community of Madrid in November 2006. Less than two weeks before his death, a statue of him was erected in Cercedilla. He was survived by his wife María Jesús Vargas (m. 1973) and their three children: Bárbara, Paula, and Francisco.

World Cup podiums[edit]

Season Date Location Race Place
1974 March 6, 1974 Poland Zakopane, Poland Slalom 1st
March 10, 1974 Slovakia Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia Slalom 3rd
1975 January 19, 1975 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Combined 2nd
February 1, 1975 France Megève, France Combined 2nd


  1. ^ - results - Francisco Fernández Ochoa

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