Leonhard Stock

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Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Austria
Men’s alpine skiing
Gold 1980 Lake Placid Downhill

Leonhard Stock (born March 14, 1958) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from Austria.

Born in Finkenberg, Tyrol, Stock earned his first World Cup points at age 18 in January 1977. At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, Stock was originally an alternate for the downhill, but his fast training times on the course at Whiteface Mountain earned him a spot on the four-man Austrian team. On race day, he was the ninth racer on the course and posted the fastest time to win the gold medal.

Stock could not repeat his surprise win at the Lake Placid Olympics on the World Cup tour until almost a decade later, winning downhill races in 1989, 1990, and 1992. At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, he just missed a second Olympic medal, finishing fourth in the |downhill and eighth in the Super-G at Nakiska. He now runs a hotel [1] in his birthplace in the Zillertal.

In his many years on the circuit, it is fair to say, he never was a star - but maybe one of the best to start from a low place on the starting list - and reach top 10 on many occasions. A feat that he would repeat again and again, leading to a saying "Before Stock is down, we cannot give the crown".

World Cup victories[edit]

  • 3 wins (3 DH), 27 podiums
Season Date Location Discipline
1989 6 Jan 1989  Switzerland  Laax, Switzerland Downhill
1991 8 Dec 1990 France Val d'Isère, France Downhill
1993 12 Dec 1992 Italy Val Gardena, Italy Downhill

World championship results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1978 19 27 not
1980 21 18 26 1 3
1982 23 15
1985 26
1987 28 4 8 8
1989 30 9 22
1991 32 4

From 1948 through 1980, the Winter Olympics were also the World Championships for alpine skiing.

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

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1980 21 18 26 not run 1 not run
1984 25
1988 29 8 4
1992 33 DNF

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