Deborah COMPAGNONI

Italy ITA

Alpine Skiing

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Albertville 1992
  • Year of Birth
    1970
Olympic Results

Biography

Deborah COMPAGNONI

In the genes

Deborah Compagnoni was the daughter of a ski instructor, and it soon became apparent she had inherited her father’s genes. Aged 17, she claimed gold in the giant slalom at the 1987 World Junior Championships. A year later she suffered the first of many injuries that would plague her career.

Injury crisis

In 1988, Compagnoni broke her right knee in a downhill race. Just when she was ready to compete again, she had to undergo emergency surgery for a kidney infection. She went on to endure four operations on her knees and once, in 1990, almost died from an intestinal blockage.

Breakthrough season

Compagnoni’s long awaited senior breakthrough finally came in the 1991/92 season. She won her first World Cup race and became Olympic Super G champion in Albertville. However, as fate would have it, the very next day she fell in the giant slalom and damaged her cruciate ligaments.

Slalom joy

To preserve her fragile knees, Compagnoni concentrated on slalom and giant slalom events. Remaining injury free, she went on to win the giant slalom at both the 1994 and 1998 Olympic Games. This achievement made her the first Alpine skier to win gold medals at three different Olympic Games. She also earned a silver medal in the slalom, missing a fourth gold by only six-hundredths of a second.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Nagano 1998

G
Giant Slalom
Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing
S
Slalom
Slalom Alpine Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Lillehammer 1994

G
Giant Slalom
Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing
#10
Slalom
Slalom Alpine Skiing
#17
Super G
Super G Alpine Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Albertville 1992

#DNF
Giant Slalom
Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing
G
Super G
Super G Alpine Skiing