Francisco Fernández Ochoa
|— Alpine skier —|
|Disciplines||Downhill, Giant Slalom,
|Club||Club de Esquí Arroyomolinos, Madrid|
February 25, 1950|
|Died||November 6, 2006
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|World Cup debut||January 26, 1969 - (age 18)|
|Teams||4 - 1968-80|
|Medals||1 (1 gold)|
|Teams||7 - 1968-80
includes 4 Olympics
|Medals||2 (1 gold)|
|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)|
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.
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.
Fernández Ochoa competed in four Winter Olympics (1968-80). 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
|1974||March 6, 1974||Zakopane, Poland||Slalom||1st|
|March 10, 1974||Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia||Slalom||3rd|
|1975||January 19, 1975||Kitzbühel, Austria||Combined||2nd|
|February 1, 1975||Megève, France||Combined||2nd|
- Ski-db.com - results - Francisco Fernández Ochoa
- Francisco Fernández Ochoa at the International Ski Federation
- FIS-ski.com - top ten results - Francisco Fernández Ochoa
- FIS-ski.com - World Cup season standings - Francisco Fernández Ochoa - 1969-80
- Sports-Reference.com - profile - Francisco Fernández Ochoa
- Video on YouTube - 1972 Winter Olympics - Men's Slalom
- Gold medal second run - from Japanese television - 1972-02-13
- elmundo.es (Spanish) - obituary for Francisco Fernández Ochoa - 2006-11-06
- elmundo.es (Spanish) - coverage of funeral of Francisco Fernández Ochoa - 2006-11-07