Mirko Vuillermin

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Mirko Vuillermin
Medal record
Men's Short Track Speed Skating
Representing  Italy
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1994 Lillehammer 5000 m relay
Silver medal – second place 1994 Lillehammer 500 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1993 Beijing 500 m
Silver medal – second place 1995 Gjøvik 500 m
Silver medal – second place 1996 Den Haag 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Den Haag 3000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Nagano 1500 m
Gold medal – first place 1996 Den Haag 5000 relay
Silver medal – second place 1993 Beijing 5000 relay
Silver medal – second place 1995 Gjøvik 5000 relay
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Nagano 5000 relay
World Team Championships
Gold medal – first place 1993 Budapest Team
Silver medal – second place 1992 Minamimaki Team
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Cambridge Team
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Lake Placid Team
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Seoul Team
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1997 Malmö Overall

Mirko Vuillermin (born August 2, 1973 in Aosta) is a retired Italian short track speed skater who competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics and in the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Career[edit]

At the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, Vuillermin was a member of the Italian relay team that finished eighth in the 5000 metre relay.

On March 27, 1993, at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Beijing, Vuillermin broke Mark Lackie's 500 m world record, recording a time of 43.08, with the gold medal in the 500 metres, which was Italy's first individual world championship gold medal in short track speed skating.

At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Vuillermin won the gold medal in the 5000 metre relay along with Maurizio Carnino, Orazio Fagone and Hugo Herrnhof. He also claimed the silver medal in the 500 metres, and finished 21st In the 1000 metres.

On March 29, 1996, Vuillermin captured another 500 m world record, winning the 500-meter race in 42.68 seconds at the World Short Track Speed Skating Team Championships in Lake Placid.

In 1997, Vuillermin competed in newly established European Short Track Speed Skating Championships, where he won the 500 metres and 1500 metres, and took the runner-up spot behind Italian fellow Fabio Carta in the overall competition.

Retirement[edit]

Vuillermin's career suddenly ended on June 20, 1997. Just weeks after teammate Orazio Fagone had his right leg amputated in a motorcycle accident, Vuillermin nearly suffered the same fate. He crashed his motorcycle into a truck in Quart, Aosta Valley, suffering severe injuries. It took him a year and a half to recover, but he would never again ice skate competitively.

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