Stefania BELMONDO

Italy ITA

Cross-Country Skiing

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
    3 S
    5 B
  • Games participations
    5
  • First Olympic Games
    Calgary 1988
  • Year of Birth
    1969
Olympic Results

Biography

Stefania BELMONDO

For the rugged sport of cross-country skiing, Belmondo was of relatively small stature, weighing 47kg. Despite this, she still became one of the most successful skiers ever.

Endurance

What made Stefania Belmondo stand out was not just her endurance on the course, but her consistently outstanding performance over a long period of time. She competed in five Olympic Games, winning two golds, three silver and five bronze medals

Local hero

Belmondo was a hero back in Italy. Half of her home village of Pontebernardo (population 160) travelled to France to support her in the 1992 Albertville Olympic Winter Games. She finished fifth, fourth, second then third. Then in the final women's cross-country event, the 30km, she struck gold.

Game over

She made a return from serious injury at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games. Two bronze medals were, by her standards, a disappointment, and since she was not expected to compete for major honours anymore, she was advised to retire. This caused Belmondo to take a three-year break from the sport.

Comeback kid

Typically for Belmondo, she refused to give up and stormed back to the top by winning two golds at the 1999 World Championships. Then, 10 years after winning her first gold, she said farewell at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games with gold in the 15km event.

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Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Salt Lake City 2002

B
10 kilometres, Classical
10 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
G
15 kilometres, Mass Start, Freestyle
15 kilometres, Mass Start, Freestyle Cross Country Skiing
S
30 kilometres, Classical
30 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
#6
4 × 5 kilometres Relay
4 × 5 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
#11
5/5 kilometres Pursuit
5/5 kilometres Pursuit Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Nagano 1998

#8
15 kilometres, Classical
15 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
S
30 kilometres Freestyle
30 kilometres Freestyle Cross Country Skiing
B
4 × 5 kilometres Relay
4 × 5 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
#12
5 kilometres, Classical
5 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
#5
5/10 kilometres Pursuit
5/10 kilometres Pursuit Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Lillehammer 1994

#4
15 kilometres, Freestyle
15 kilometres, Freestyle Cross Country Skiing
B
4 × 5 kilometres Relay
4 × 5 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
#13
5 kilometres, Classical
5 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
B
5/10 kilometres Pursuit
5/10 kilometres Pursuit Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Albertville 1992

#5
15 kilometres, Classical
15 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
G
30 kilometres Freestyle
30 kilometres Freestyle Cross Country Skiing
B
4 × 5 kilometres Relay
4 × 5 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
#4
5 kilometres, Classical
5 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
S
5/10 kilometres Pursuit
5/10 kilometres Pursuit Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Calgary 1988

#19
10 kilometres, Classical
10 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
#29
20 kilometres, Freestyle
20 kilometres, Freestyle Cross Country Skiing
#10
4 × 5 kilometres Relay
4 × 5 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing

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