Deborah Compagnoni in 2010
4 June 1970 |
|Height||165 cm (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lb)|
Compagnoni soon was noticed for her great talent. Her career was always marked by great successes, but also by great accidents. After her first great victory, the World Junior Title in Giant slalom, and her first podium in World Cup, she broke her right knee in the Val d'Isére downhill. After the surgery operation she decided to abandon the downhill races, where her talent could have permitted even greater successes than those she obtained in her yet victorious career.
Compagnoni won her first race in the World Cup in 1992. She also won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics of the same year, again in the Super-G: however, while racing the Giant Slalom, one day later, she destroyed her left knee.
In the following years she left the fast races (downhill and super-G), confirming herself as one of the best Giant Slalom specialists. Her fragile knees hindered Compagnoni's practice activity and limited the number of victories in the World Cup: however, she always presented in her best shapes for the great championships. In 1994, at the Lillehammer Olympics, she won gold medal in the Giant Slalom, a feat she repeated four years later in Nagano. In 1998 she won also a silver medal in the Slalom, finishing second by only 0.06 seconds.
Compagnoni won the World Champion in Giant Slalom in 1996: in the following year edition she confirmed the title, coupling it with the Slalom one, a deed never accomplished by any Italian female skier. She won a total of 16 races in the Alpine Skiing World Cup (13 Giant Slalom, 2 Super-G and 1 Slalom), plus a Giant Slalom World Cup in 1997.
Deborah Compagnoni is considered the best female skier ever of Italy, equal to famous male winners like Gustav Thöni and Alberto Tomba. The World Cup skiing track in her native Santa Caterina Valfurva has been named after her.
World Cup victories
These are her world cup victories.
|26 January 1992||Morzine||Super-G|
|7 March 1993||Morzine||Super-G|
|5 December 1993||Tignes||Giant Slalom|
|11 December 1993||Veysonnaz||Giant Slalom|
|5 January 1994||Morzine||Giant Slalom|
|8 January 1995||Haus im Ennstal||Giant Slalom|
|2 March 1996||Narvik||Giant Slalom|
|29 December 1996||Semmering||Slalom|
|17 January 1997||Zwiesel||Giant Slalom|
|18 January 1997||Zwiesel||Giant Slalom|
|26 January 1997||Cortina d'Ampezzo||Giant Slalom|
|15 March 1997||Vail||Giant Slalom|
|25 October 1997||Tignes||Giant Slalom|
|21 November 1997||Park City||Giant Slalom|
|19 December 1997||Val-d'Isère||Giant Slalom|
|6 January 1998||Bormio||Giant Slalom|
- List of multiple Winter Olympic medalists
- Italian sportswomen multiple medalists at Olympics and World Championships
- Media related to Deborah Compagnoni at Wikimedia Commons
- Deborah Compagnoni at the International Ski Federation
- Deborah Compagnoni at Sports Reference
- Ski-DB.com - Results - Deborah Compagnoni
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