Karine Ruby

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Karine Ruby
Medal record
Women's snowboarding
Competitor for  France
Olympic Games
Gold 1998 Nagano Giant slalom
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City Parallel Giant Slalom
FIS Snowboarding World Championships
Gold 1996 Lienz Giant slalom
Gold 1997 Innichen Snowboard cross
Gold 2001 Madonna di Campiglio Snowboard cross
Gold 2001 Madonna di Campiglio Giant slalom
Gold 2001 Madonna di Campiglio Parallel slalom
Gold 2003 Kreischberg Snowboard cross
Silver 1997 Innichen Giant slalom
Silver 1997 Innichen Parallel slalom
Silver 2003 Kreischberg Parallel slalom
Silver 2005 Whistler Snowboard cross
Winter X Games
Bronze 2005 Aspen Snowboard cross

Karine Ruby (4 January 1978, Bonneville, Haute-Savoie – 29 May 2009) was a French snowboarder and Olympic champion. She won a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.[1] She received a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.[2]

Ruby had achieved significant success as a snowboarder, recognized as the world champion on six occasions and winning more than 65 Snowboarding World Cup events overall to accompany her two Olympic medals, earning her the description by The New York Times as "the most decorated female snowboarder in the world".[3]

Ruby won the giant slalom event in the snowboarding competition at the 1998 Winter Olympics held in Nagano, Japan, overcoming severe weather conditions to win the first Olympic gold medal awarded in the event to a woman.[4] She finished a combined 1.74 seconds behind Isabelle Blanc in the parallel giant slalom in snowboarding competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, an event that the two French snowboarders had dedicated to the memory of teammate Régine Cavagnoud, who had died in a 2001 training accident.[5]

Ruby came in third place to win a bronze medal in snowboardcross at the Winter X Games IX held in Aspen, Colorado in January 2005.[6] She competed in the snowboardcross event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and retired from the sport after being eliminated in the quarterfinals.[3]

Ruby was training to become a mountain guide, a process that can take as long as 15 years, and was killed at age 31 on 29 May 2009 after a climbing accident on Mont Blanc. While climbing down the Tour Ronde section of the mountain, Ruby fell into a 70-foot-wide crevasse (21 m) in the glacier, dragged in together with the two other members of the climbing party she had been leading who had all been roped to each other. Another man in the group was killed in the fall, while another person sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized after being evacuated from the site by helicopter.[7]


  1. ^ "1998 Winter Olympics – Nagano, Japan – Alpine Skiing"databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on 5 March 2008)
  2. ^ "2002 Winter Olympics – Salt Lake City, United States – Alpine Skiing"databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on 5 March 2008)
  3. ^ a b Robinson, Joshua. "Karine Ruby, French Snowboarding Star, Dies at 31 ", The New York Times, May 30, 2009. Accessed June 24, 2009.
  4. ^ Clarey, Christopher. "THE XVIII WINTER GAMES: SNOWBOARDING; It's Nearly A Wipeout For U.S. Women", The New York Times, February 10, 1998. Accessed June 24, 2009.
  5. ^ Wong, Edward. "OLYMPICS: SNOWBOARDING; Defying the Odds Again, Klug Grabs the Bronzez", The New York Times, February 16, 2002. Accessed June 24, 2009.
  6. ^ Murphy, Austin. "Soaring In The Slush", Sports Illustrated, January 31, 2005. Accessed June 24, 2009.
  7. ^ "Champion snowboarder falls to death". ESPN. 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 

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