Ingemar Stenmark

Ingemar Stenmark

[sten-mahrk]
Stenmark, Ingemar, 1956-, Swedish skier. The "Silent Swede" learned to ski at an early age and in 16 years of competition won 86 World Cup races, including two gold medals at the 1980 Olympics. He was overall World Cup champion three times (1976-78).

(born March 18, 1956, Josesjö, Lapland, Swed.) Swedish Alpine skier. Stenmark trained with Sweden's junior national team from age 13 and won his first World Cup race in 1974. In 1976, 1977, and 1978 he was the overall victor in the World Cup (slalom, giant slalom, and downhill). In the 1980 Olympic Games he won gold medals in slalom and giant slalom. He turned professional later that year, and he retired in 1989. His lifetime total of 86 World Cup victories still stands as a record, and he is perhaps the greatest slalom and giant slalom skier of all time.

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Jan Ingemar Stenmark (born March 18, 1956 in Joesjö, Storumans municipality) is a former Swedish skier, active during the '70s and '80s. He is regarded as one of the most prominent Swedish sportsmen, and as the greatest slalom and giant slalom specialist of all time. He competed for Fjällvinden Tärnaby.

Stenmark was born in the province of Lappland. His family moved to Tärnaby when he was four years old, where he became neighbours with Stig Strand, who would later win the World Cup Slalom title. He began skiing at the age of five and won his first national competition at the age of eight.

Competitive record

Stenmark has won more alpine ski competitions than any other man with a total of 86 races in the Alpine Skiing World Cup, Hermann Maier being the second with 53 victories. He only won in two disciplines: slalom and giant slalom (the other events are downhill, super-G, which did not exist until 1982, and combined). Stenmark rarely competed in the other disciplines, as he was not comfortable with speeds in excess of 120 km/h (75 mph).

He won the Overall World Cup title three times in 1976-78. He also achieved four of the top ten most successful seasons ever in giant slalom competition. Stenmark won every giant slalom race during the 1977-78 (7 of 7) and 1978-79 seasons (10 of 10). In the 1979-80 season he won ten out of eleven giant slaloms. He has six of the top ten most successful seasons ever in slalom competition: he won all the slalom races during the 1975-76 season (7 of 7), and almost every slalom race in the 1976-77 (9 of 10), 1981-82 (8 of 9), 1979-80 (7 of 8), 1974-75 (7 of 8), and 1980-81 (8 of 10) seasons.

Including Alpine Skiing World Cup, FIS World Championships and Olympic competition, Stenmark finished as follows:

  • 1st place: 92 times;
  • 2nd place: 45 times;
  • 3rd place: 28 times;
  • 4th place: 10 times;
  • 5th place: 13 times;
  • 6th place: 10 times;
  • 7th place: 8 times;
  • 8th place: 7 times;
  • 9th place: 5 times;
  • 10th place: 4 times.

Stenmark was not allowed to participate in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo due to his status as a professional and therefore could not defend his gold medals from 1980. In the 1988 Games he was allowed back into the Olympic competition.

For his three straight World Alpine Skiing World Cup titles (1976-78), Stenmark earned the Holmenkollen medal in 1979 (Shared with Erik Håker and Raisa Smetanina). Stenmark also earned the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal twice as well (1975 & 1978). His 1978 medal was shared with tennis player Björn Borg, making them the only two men to ever win the honor twice (female alpine skier Anja Pärsson received the medal in 2006 and 2007).

Other

During the years from 1976-78 Stenmark, along with tennis player Björn Borg, became a national icon in Sweden. This was not changed by the fact that he - for tax reasons - soon moved to Monaco. On December 26, 2004 he survived the Indian Ocean earthquake while on vacation in Thailand. Stenmark also won the 1996 Swedish Superstars championship.

World Cup victories

Overall

Season Discipline
1975 Giant Slalom
1975 Slalom
1976 Overall
1976 Giant Slalom
1976 Slalom
1977 Overall
1977 Giant Slalom
1977 Slalom
1978 Overall
1978 Giant Slalom
1978 Slalom
1979 Giant Slalom
1979 Slalom
1980 Giant Slalom
1980 Slalom
1981 Giant Slalom
1981 Slalom
1983 Slalom
1984 Giant Slalom

Individual victories

Date Location Race
17 december 1974 Madonna di Campiglio Slalom
12 january 1975 Wengen Slalom
23 february 1975 Naeba Giant Slalom
2 march 1975 Garibaldi Giant Slalom
13 march 1975 Sun Valley Giant Slalom
15 december 1975 Sterzing / Vipiteno Slalom
11 january 1976 Wengen Slalom
24 january 1976 Kitzbühel Slalom
27 january 1976 Zwiesel Giant Slalom
7 march 1976 Copper Mountain, U.S. Slalom
14 march 1976 Aspen Slalom
3 januari 1977 Laax Slalom
10 january 1977 Berchtesgaden Slalom
16 january 1977 Kitzbühel Slalom
23 january 1977 Wengen Slalom
6 february 1977 St. Anton Slalom
6 march 1977 Sun Valley Giant Slalom
18 march 1977 Voss Slalom
20 march 1977 Åre Slalom
21 march 1977 Åre Giant Slalom
25 march 1977 Sierra Nevada Giant Slalom
10 december 1977 Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
13 december 1977 Madonna di Campiglio Slalom
14 december 1977 Madonna di Campiglio Giant Slalom
5 january 1978 Oberstaufen Slalom
8 january 1978 Zwiesel Giant Slalom
9 january 1978 Zwiesel Slalom
18 march 1978 Arosa Giant Slalom
9 december 1978 Schladming Giant Slalom
21 december 1978 Kranjska Gora Slalom
22 december 1978 Kranjska Gora Giant Slalom
7 january 1979 Courchevel Giant Slalom
16 january 1979 Adelboden Giant Slalom
23 january 1979 Steinach Giant Slalom
4 february 1979 Jasná Giant Slalom
10 february 1979 Åre Giant Slalom
11 february 1979 Åre Slalom
4 march 1979 Lake Placid Giant Slalom
12 march 1979 Heavenly Valley Giant Slalom
17 march 1979 Furano Slalom
19 march 1979 Furano Slalom
8 december 1979 Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
11 december 1979 Madonna di Campiglio Slalom
12 december 1979 Madonna di Campiglio Giant Slalom
21 january 1980 Adelboden Giant Slalom
27 january 1980 Chamonix Slalom
27 february 1980 Waterville Valley Slalom
1 march 1980 Mont-Sainte-Anne Giant Slalom
10 march 1980 Cortina d'Ampezzo Slalom
11 march 1980 Cortina d'Ampezzo Giant Slalom
13 march 1980 Saalbach Giant Slalom
15 march 1980 Saalbach Slalom
9 december 1980 Madonna di Campiglio Slalom
10 december 1980 Madonna di Campiglio Giant Slalom
6 january 1981 Morzine Giant Slalom
18 january 1981 Kitzbühel Slalom
26 january 1981 Adelboden Giant Slalom
1 february 1981 St Anton Slalom
2 february 1981 Schladming Giant Slalom
8 february 1981 Oslo Slalom
11 february 1981 Voss Giant Slalom
14 february 1981 Åre Giant Slalom
9 january 1982 Morzine Giant Slalom
12 january 1982 Bad Wiessee Slalom
17 january 1982 Kitzbühel Slalom
19 january 1982 Adelboden Giant Slalom
9 february 1982 Kirchberg Giant Slalom
14 december 1982 Courmayeur Slalom
23 january 1983 Kitzbühel Slalom
11 february 1983 Markstein Slalom
13 february 1983 Todtnau Giant Slalom
26 february 1983 Gällivare Giant Slalom
13 december 1983 Courmayeur Slalom
20 december 1983 Madonna di Campiglio Slalom
10 january 1984 Adelboden Giant Slalom
17 january 1984 Parpan Slalom
23 january 1984 Kirchberg Giant Slalom
4 february 1984 Borovetz Giant Slalom
7 march 1984 Vail Giant Slalom
15 december 1985 Alta Badia Giant Slalom
25 january 1986 St Anton Slalom
27 february 1986 Hemsedal Giant Slalom
18 march 1986 Lake Placid Giant Slalom
29 november 1986 Sestrières Slalom
14 february 1987 Markstein Slalom
19 february 1989 Aspen, Colorado Giant Slalom

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