|— Alpine skier —|
Roland Collombin c. 1973
17 February 1951 |
Versegères, Valais, Switzerland
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|World Cup debut||12 December 1971
(1st top 10) (age 20)
|Retired||December 1975 (age 24)|
|Teams||1 – (1972)|
|Medals||1 (0 gold)|
|Teams||2 – (1972, 1974)
|Medals||1 (0 gold)|
|Seasons||3 – (1972–74)|
|Wins||8 – (8 DH)|
|Podiums||11 – (11 DH)|
|Overall titles||0 – (3rd in 1973)|
|Discipline titles||2 – (DH, 1973, 1974)|
Born in Versegères in the canton of Valais, Collombin made his first World Cup top ten finish at age 20 in December 1971 with a seventh place in the downhill at Val-d'Isère, France. Two months later, he won the silver medal in the downhill at the 1972 Winter Olympics at Sapporo, Japan, finishing behind countryman Bernhard Russi.
In January 1974, Collombin won the month's four downhills in consecutive weeks, which included the two classics: the Lauberhorn at Wengen, Switzerland, and the Hahnenkamm at Kitzbühel, Austria. Collombin had finished second in the previous two downhills in December 1973 for six consecutive downhill podiums. The repeat win at Kitzbühel was in record time, besting Jean-Claude Killy's mark of 1967, but was Collombin's last finish in international competition. (Franz Klammer of Austria broke the record at Kitzbühel the following year.)
The World Championships were held in Switzerland in February 1974 at St. Moritz. The Swiss team won seven medals at the Olympics two years earlier in Japan, but managed just one at home, a bronze in the women's slalom (by Lise-Marie Morerod). Collombin could not continue his January success; he fell in the downhill and did not finish, but he was 0.45 seconds behind winner David Zwilling before he did fall, maybe a to big margin to take the win.
On December 8, 1974, Collombin fell in the season's first downhill at Val-d'Isère and bruised his spine, ending his 1975 season. In his absence, Franz Klammer of Austria won the first of his four straight downhill season titles. Collombin attempted a comeback on December 7, 1975 at Val-d'Isère, but fell in the first training at the same jump as the year before and broke two vertebrae, being paralyzed for two days and ending his racing career. That jump is called »Bosse à Collombin« since that time. Nearly paralyzed, Collombin did not walk again until mid-February, after the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. He finished his World Cup career with eight victories and three runner-up finishes, all in downhill.
- By now, Mr. Collombin is a vinicultarist, wine merchant and hotelier at Versegères.
Collombin and his wife Sarah operate a guest house in Versegères, and Collombin also has a product line of wines. In late 2014 Roland and Sarah opened a raclette bar named "La Streif"(in reference to the ski run in Kitzbuehel, Austria, where Collombin won several times), in the Swiss town of Martigny.
World Cup results
|1975||24||injured at first DH race, out for season|
Top Ten Finishes
- 8 wins – (8 DH)
- 11 podiums – (11 DH)
|1972||12 December 1971||Val-d'Isère, France||Downhill||7th|
|15 January 1972||Kitzbühel, Austria||Downhill||7th|
|1972 Winter Olympics|
|1973||10 December 1972||Val-d'Isère, France||Downhill||4th|
|15 December 1972||Val Gardena, Italy||Downhill||1st|
|6 January 1973||Garmisch, West Germany||Downhill||1st|
|7 January 1973||Downhill||1st|
|13 January 1973||Grindelwald, Switzerland||Downhill||2nd|
|27 January 1973||Kitzbühel, Austria||Downhill||1st|
|1974||18 December 1973||Zell am See, Austria||Downhill||2nd|
|22 December 1973||Schladming, Austria||Downhill||2nd|
|6 January 1974||Garmisch, West Germany||Downhill||1st|
|12 January 1974||Avoriaz, France||Downhill||1st|
|19 January 1974||Wengen, Switzerland||Downhill||1st|
|26 January 1974||Kitzbühel, Austria||Downhill||1st|
World championship results
Olympic results 
|1972||20||—||—||not run||2||not run|
- Roland Collombin. sports-reference.com
- "Swiss tops Killy's mark in downhill". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. 27 January 1974. p. 9.
- "Thoeni adds second skiing gold". Montreal Gazette. UPI. 11 February 1974. p. 17.
- "Proell-Moser wins". Ottawa Citizen. Associated Press. 9 December 1974. p. 18.
- "Swiss star injured – French skier killed". Ottawa Citizen. Reuters. 8 December 1975. p. 18.
- Reilly, Rick (23 November 1998). "Uphill battle for a downhill skier". Sports Illustrated: 174.
- "End of career". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. 11 December 1975. p. 50.
- "Sport shorts: Swiss skier Roland Collombin". Montreal Gazette. 20 February 1976. p. 25.
- Reviews of Rolland Collombin guest house in Versegères, Switzerland. tripadvisor.com
- Commandez vos vins préférés. rolandcollumbin.ch (in French) – wines – accessed 2 January 2011
- La «Colombe» remet la gomme, mais cette fois en famille! illustre.ch. 17 December 2014
- Roland Collombin at the International Ski Federation
- FIS-ski.com – World Cup season standings – Roland Collombin – 1972–74
- Ski-db.com – results – Roland Collombin
- "Roland Collombin". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
- Roland Collombin.ch – personal site – (in French) – photo gallery