Darío Villalba

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Darío Villalba
Personal information
Full name Darío Villalba Flores
Country represented Spain
Born (1939-02-22) February 22, 1939 (age 78)
San Sebastián
Coach Thea Frenssen
Former training locations Chamonix
Began skating c. 1950

Darío Villalba Flores (born February 22, 1939 in San Sebastián) is a Spanish painter, photographer, and former competitive figure skater. He represented Spain at the 1956 Winter Olympics where he placed 14th.

Life and career[edit]

Darío Villalba Flores was born on February 22, 1939 in San Sebastián.[1] He began skating at age 11 in Philadelphia, where his father was serving as the Spanish consul.[2] He returned to Spain when he was 14 years old.[3] As the only rink in Spain was small and of poor quality, his parents sent him to Chamonix, France, where he was taught by a German coach, Thea Frenssen.[2]

At the age of 16, he represented Spain at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. He placed 14th of 16 competitors in the men's singles event. He then finished 15th at the 1956 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

In 2002, Villalba became a member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.[2]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 1956
Winter Olympics 14th
World Championships 15th


  • Luis Gonzales-Robles, Darío Villalba Flores, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, 1970
  • Giancarlo Politi, Darío Villalba, Galeria Vandres, Madrid, 1974


  1. ^ a b "Dario Villalba". Sports Reference. 
  2. ^ a b c "Dario Villalba: "En los Juegos mi obsesión era no quedar último"" [Dario Villalba: "At the Olympics, my obsession was not finishing last"]. Hielo Español (in Spanish). 24 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Morenilla, Juan (11 February 2014). ""Yo era un bicho raro"". El Pais. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015.