Gustavo THÖNI

Italy ITA

Alpine Skiing

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    2 S
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Sapporo 1972
  • Year of Birth
    1951
Olympic Results

Biography

Gustavo THÖNI

In the 1970s, Italy’s Gustavo Thöni was regarded as the greatest skier in the world. An Olympic giant slalom champion in 1972 and slalom silver medallist in 1972 and 1976, he is also remembered for an unforgettable downhill duel with Franz Klammer in Kitzbühel in 1975.

Natural talent

Gustavo Thöni was born in Trafoi in South Tyrol, in the shadow of the northern side of the Stelvio Pass. Like the majority of children in his village, he learned to ski shortly after taking his first steps, but he quickly stood out from his peers, triumphing in the giant slalom at the prestigious Topolino youth event at the age of 15.

Three years later, on 11 December 1969, the up-and-coming skier earned his first FIS World Cup victory in Val d’Isère. Shy and discreet in public, he tended to do his talking on the piste, seemingly calculating his manoeuvres between the gates to the nearest millimetre.

He would eventually capitalise on his considerable talent to become one of the most successful skiers in history, building an impressive CV that featured 69 podium berths, 24 victories in slalom, giant slalom and combined, four overall World Cup titles (in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1975) and one second-place finish (in 1974), seven FIS World Championships medals (including five golds) and three Olympic medals.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Lake Placid 1980

#8
Slalom
Slalom Alpine Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Innsbruck 1976

#26
Downhill
Downhill Alpine Skiing
#4
Giant Slalom
Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing
S
Slalom
Slalom Alpine Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sapporo 1972

#13
Downhill
Downhill Alpine Skiing
G
Giant Slalom
Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing
S
Slalom
Slalom Alpine Skiing