Stefania Belmondo

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Stefania Belmondo
Stefania Belmondo.jpg
Personal information
Born (1969-01-13) 13 January 1969 (age 45)
Vinadio, Cuneo, Italy
Height 158 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Professional information
Club G.S. Forestale
Skis Fischer
World Cup
Seasons 1988–2002
Wins 23
Additional podiums 43
Total podiums 66

Stefania Belmondo (born 13 January 1969) is an Italian former cross-country skier, two time olympic champion and four time world champion in her career.

Biography[edit]

Debut[edit]

Belmondo was born in Vinadio, in the province of Cuneo (Piedmont), the daughter of a housewife and an electric company employee. In her career she skied with the G.S. Forestale.

She started to ski at the age of three in the Piedmontese mountains of her native city. She made her debut at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 1987. The next season she joined the main national team of Italy, and then participated at the 1988 Winter Olympics, held in Calgary, Canada. In 1989, she won a World Cup event for her first time, in Salt Lake City, and ended that season second overall.

Early success, injury, return[edit]

At the 1991 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, she won a bronze medal in the 15 km trial, and a silver in the 4 × 5 km. The 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville brought the first gold medal for Belmondo, in the 30 km specialty. At the 1993 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, she won golds in the 5 km + 10 km combined pursuit and the 30 km, and a silver in the 4 × 5 km before an injury to her right hallux required a surgery, and caused a 4 month absence from competition.

After a second operation, Belmondo participated to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, gaining just two bronze medals; after this disappointing performance she decided to continue skiing, against the advice of her physician. The 1996–97 season was one of her best since the surgeries, when she won three silver medals (5 km, 15 km, 30 km), all were behind Russian Yelena Välbe though she tied with Välbe in the 5 km + 10 km combined pursuit event. In the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, she won a third place with the 4 × 5 km, and an individual silver in the 30 km. The bronze medal in the relay was remarkable because the Italian team was 9th as Belmondo started her anchor leg. The 1999 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships saw Stefania Belmondo win two gold medals (5 km + 10 km combined pursuit, 15 km) and a silver (4 × 5 km).

In her final year of competition, 2002, she won a gold medal, as well as a silver and a bronze, in the Winter Olympics. She concluded that year's World Cup in third place.

Other career successes[edit]

1997 World Champiomships[edit]

At the world championships in Trondheim 1997 has to ricors the photoFinish to determine who between Stefania Belmondo and Elena Vaelbe has won the race. Eventually the gold medal is awarded to the Russian and the Italian Silver for just 2cm, [1] both athletes are still credited the same time.[2]

2006 Winter Olympics[edit]

At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, in her native region of Piedmont, she lit the Olympic Flame at the opening ceremony. During the 2006 Winter Olympics, Belmondo had a series of webpages on the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games website regarding her reaction and emotions during the games.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trondheim (NOR) 1997 World Ski Championships - Podium". fis-ski.com. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Trondheim (NOR) 1997 World Ski Championships - Results". fis-ski.com. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
1980 USA men's ice hockey team
Final Winter Olympic Torchbearer
Torino 2006
Succeeded by
Catriona LeMay Doan, Steve Nash,
Nancy Greene and Wayne Gretzky