Stefania Belmondo

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Stefania Belmondo
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CountryFlag of Italy.svg  Italy
Born (1969-01-13) 13 January 1969 (age 51)
Vinadio, Cuneo, Italy
Height158 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Ski club G.S. Forestale
World Cup career
Seasons 19892002
Individual wins23
Team wins4
Indiv. podiums66
Team podiums27
Indiv. starts162
Team starts47
Overall titles0 – (2nd in 1991, 1992, 1997 & 1999)
Discipline titles1 – (1 SP: 1997)

Stefania Belmondo (born 13 January 1969) is an Italian former cross-country skier, two time olympic champion and four time world champion in her career.

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Biography

Debut

Belmondo was born in Vinadio, in the province of Cuneo (Piedmont), the daughter of a housewife and an electric company employee. In her career she skied with the G.S. Forestale.

She started to ski at the age of three in the Piedmontese mountains of her native city. She made her debut at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 1987. The next season she joined the main national team of Italy, and then participated at the 1988 Winter Olympics, held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 1989, she won a World Cup event for her first time, in Salt Lake City, and ended that season second overall.

Early success, injury, return

At the 1991 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, she won a bronze medal in the 15 km trial, and a silver in the 4 × 5 km relay. The 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville brought the first gold medal for Belmondo, in the 30 km specialty. At the 1993 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, she won golds in the 5 km + 10 km combined pursuit and the 30 km, and a silver in the 4 × 5 km relay, before an injury to her right hallux required a surgery, and caused a 4-month absence from competition.

After a second operation, Belmondo participated to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, gaining just two bronze medals; after this disappointing performance she decided to continue skiing, against the advice of her physician. The 1996–97 season was one of her best since the surgeries, when she won three silver medals (5 km, 15 km, 30 km), all were behind Russian Yelena Välbe though she tied with Välbe in the 5 km + 10 km combined pursuit event. In the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, she won a third place with the 4 × 5 km relay, and an individual silver in the 30 km. The bronze medal in the relay was remarkable because the Italian team was ninth as Belmondo started the last leg. The 1999 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships saw Stefania Belmondo win two gold medals (5 km + 10 km combined pursuit, 15 km) and a silver (4 × 5 km relay).

In her final year of competition, 2002, she won a gold medal, as well as a silver and a bronze, in the Winter Olympics. She concluded that year's World Cup in third place.

Other career successes

1997 World Championships

At the 15 km (9 mi) pursuit event world championships in Trondheim 1997 the organizers had to resort to Photo finish to determine who between Stefania Belmondo and Yelena Välbe had won the race. Eventually the gold medal is awarded to the Russian and the Italian Silver for just 2 cm (0.8 in), [1] both athletes are still credited the same time. [2]

2006 Winter Olympics

At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, in her native region of Piedmont, she lit the Olympic Flame at the opening ceremony. During the 2006 Winter Olympics, Belmondo had a series of webpages on the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games website regarding her reaction and emotions during the games.

Cross-country skiing results

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS). [3]

Olympic Games

 Year  Age  5 km  10 km 15 km Pursuit  20 km 30 km Sprint 4 × 5 km 
 relay 
1988 19 19 N/AN/A 29 N/AN/A 10
1992 23 4 N/A 5 Silver N/A Gold N/A Bronze
1994 25 13 N/A 4 Bronze N/A N/A Bronze
1998 29 12 N/A 8 5 N/A Silver N/A Bronze
2002 33N/A Bronze Gold 11 N/A Silver 6

World Championships

 Year  Age  5 km 10 km
 classical 
 10 km
 freestyle 
 15 km Pursuit 30 km Sprint 4 × 5 km 
 relay 
1989 20N/A1110N/AN/A6
1991 2210N/A7BronzeN/A4N/ASilver
1993 245N/AN/A6GoldGoldN/ASilver
1995 268N/AN/A125N/A4
1997 28SilverN/AN/ASilverSilverSilverN/A4
1999 308N/AN/AGoldGold13N/ASilver
2001 32N/A4N/A48CNX [a] Bronze
a. 1 Cancelled due to extremely cold weather.

World Cup

Season titles

  • 1 title – (1 sprint)
Season
Discipline
1997

Sprint

Season standings

 Season  Age 
OverallLong DistanceMiddle DistanceSprint
1989 2013N/AN/AN/A
1990 218N/AN/AN/A
1991 22Silver medal icon.svgN/AN/AN/A
1992 23Silver medal icon.svgN/AN/AN/A
1993 24Bronze medal icon.svgN/AN/AN/A
1994 254N/AN/AN/A
1995 267N/AN/AN/A
1996 276N/AN/AN/A
1997 28Silver medal icon.svgSilver medal icon.svgN/AGold medal icon.svg
1998 29Bronze medal icon.svgBronze medal icon.svgN/ABronze medal icon.svg
1999 30Silver medal icon.svgSilver medal icon.svgN/A5
2000 3167Silver medal icon.svg37
2001 324N/AN/A7
2002 33Bronze medal icon.svgN/AN/ANC

Individual podiums

  • 23 victories
  • 66 podiums
No.SeasonDateLocationRaceLevelPlace
1 1989–90 10 December 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Soldier Hollow, United States15 km Individual FWorld Cup1st
2 1990–91 8 December 1990 Flag of Austria.svg Tauplitzalm, Austria10 km + 15 km Pursuit C/FWorld Cup1st
320 December 1990 Flag of France.svg Les Saisies, France5 km + 10 km Pursuit C/FWorld Cup2nd
48 February1991 Flag of Italy.svg Val di Fiemme, Italy15 km Individual CWorld Championships [1] 3rd
5  1991–92  7 December 1991 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Silver Star, Canada5 km Individual CWorld Cup2nd
68 December 1991 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Silver Star, Canada10 km Pursuit CWorld Cup1st
78 December 1991 Flag of Italy.svg Cogne, Italy30 km Individual FWorld Cup1st
815 February1992 Flag of France.svg Albertville, France10 km Pursuit FOlympic Games [1] 2nd
921 February1992 Flag of France.svg Albertville, France30 km Individual FOlympic Games [1] 1st
101 March 1992 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland30 km Individual CWorld Cup1st
1114 March 1992 Flag of Norway.svg Vang, Norway15 km Individual FWorld Cup3rd
12  1992–93  9 January 1993 Flag of Switzerland.svg Ulrichen, Switzerland10 km Individual CWorld Cup3rd
1316 January 1993 Flag of Italy.svg Cogne, Italy10 km Individual FWorld Cup1st
1423 February 1993 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden10 km Pursuit FWorld Championships [1] 1st
1527 February 1993 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden30 km Individual FWorld Championships [1] 1st
166 March 1993 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland5 km Individual FWorld Cup3rd
17  1993–94  11 December 1993 Flag of Italy.svg Santa Caterina, Italy5 km Individual CWorld Cup3rd
1818 December 1993 Flag of Switzerland.svg Davos, Switzerland10 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
1917 February 1994 Flag of Norway.svg Lillehammer, Norway10 km Pursuit FOlympic Games [1] 3rd
206 March 1994 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland30 km Individual FWorld Cup3rd
21  1994–95  7 January 1995 Flag of Sweden.svg Östersund, Sweden30 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
22 1995–96 29 November 1995 Flag of Sweden.svg Gällivare, Sweden10 km Individual FWorld Cup1st
239 January 1996 Flag of Slovakia.svg Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia30 km Individual FWorld Cup3rd
242 February 1996 Flag of Austria.svg Seefeld, Austria5 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
252 March 1996 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland10 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
26  1996–97  23 November 1996 Flag of Sweden.svg Kiruna, Sweden5 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
277 December 1996 Flag of Switzerland.svg Davos, Switzerland10 km Individual CWorld Cup1st
2814 December 1996 Flag of Italy.svg Brusson, Italy15 km Individual FWorld Cup1st
2911 January 1997 Flag of Japan.svg Hakuba, Japan5 km Individual CWorld Cup1st
3012 January 1997 Flag of Japan.svg Hakuba, Japan10 km Pursuit FWorld Cup1st
3118 January 1997 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland15 km Individual CWorld Cup3rd
3221 February 1997 Flag of Norway.svg Trondheim, Norway15 km Individual FWorld Championships [1] 2nd
3323 February 1997 Flag of Norway.svg Trondheim, Norway5 km Individual CWorld Championships [1] 2nd
3424 February 1997 Flag of Norway.svg Trondheim, Norway10 km Pursuit FWorld Championships [1] 2nd
351 March 1997 Flag of Norway.svg Trondheim, Norway30 km Individual CWorld Championships [1] 2nd
368 March 1997 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden5 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
3715 March 1997 Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway30 km Individual FWorld Cup1st
38  1997–98  16 December 1997 Flag of Italy.svg Val di Fiemme, Italy15 km Individual FWorld Cup3rd
394 January 1998 Flag of Russia.svg Kavgolovo, Russia10 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
4011 January 1998 Flag of Austria.svg Ramsau, Austria10 km Pursuit FWorld Cup1st
417 March 1998 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland15 km Individual FWorld Cup1st
4211 March 1998 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden5 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
43  1998–99  28 November 1998 Flag of Finland.svg Muonio, Finland5 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
4412 January 1999 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Nové Město, Czech Republic15 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
4514 February 1999 Flag of Austria.svg Seefeld, Austria5 km Individual FWorld Cup3rd
4619 February 1999 Flag of Austria.svg Ramsau, Austria15 km Individual FWorld Championships [1] 1st
4723 February 1999 Flag of Austria.svg Ramsau, Austria10 km Pursuit FWorld Championships [1] 1st
4820 March 1999 Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway30 km Individual CWorld Cup3rd
49 1999–00 2 February 2000 Flag of Norway.svg Trondheim, Norway5 km Individual FWorld Cup1st
5016 February 2000 Flag of Switzerland.svg Ulrichen, Switzerland5 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
5120 February 2000 Flag of France.svg Transjurassienne, France44 km Mass Start FWorld Cup1st
5226 February 2000 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden10 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
5318 March 2000 Flag of Italy.svg Bormio, Italy10 km Pursuit FWorld Cup2nd
54  2000–01  25 November 2000 Flag of Norway.svg Beitostølen, Norway10 km Individual CWorld Cup3rd
5529 November 2000 Flag of Norway.svg Beitostølen, Norway5 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
568 December 2000 Flag of Italy.svg Santa Caterina, Italy10 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
5729 December 2000 Flag of Switzerland.svg Engelberg, Switzerland1.0 km Sprint FWorld Cup3rd
5810 January 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Soldier Hollow, United States5 km + 5 km PursuitWorld Cup3rd
594 March 2001 Flag of Russia.svg Kavgolovo, Russia15 km Individual FWorld Cup3rd
60  2001–02  12 December 2001 Flag of Italy.svg Brusson, Italy10 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
6115 December 2001 Flag of Switzerland.svg Davos, Switzerland10 km Individual CWorld Cup3rd
6222 December 2001 Flag of Austria.svg Ramsau, Austria15 km Mass Start FWorld Cup2nd
6312 January 2002 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Nové Město, Czech Republic5 km Individual FWorld Cup3rd
642 March 2002 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland10 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
659 March 2002 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/FWorld Cup1st
6616 March 2002 Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway30 km Individual FWorld Cup1st

Team podiums

  • 4 victories – (22 RL, 5 TS)
  • 27 podiums – (24 RL, 4 TS)
No.SeasonDateLocationRaceLevelPlaceTeammate(s)
1  1990–91  15 February 1991 Flag of Italy.svg Val di Fiemme, Italy4 × 5 km Relay C/FWorld Championships [1] 2nd Vanzetta / Di Centa / Paruzzi
2  1991–92  18 February 1992 Flag of France.svg Albertville, France4 × 5 km Relay C/FOlympic Games [1] 3rd Vanzetta / Di Centa / Paruzzi
3  1992–93  26 February 1993 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden4 × 5 km Relay C/FWorld Championships [1] 2nd Vanzetta / Di Centa / Paruzzi
4  1993–94  22 February 1994 Flag of Norway.svg Lillehammer, Norway4 × 5 km Relay C/FOlympic Games [1] 3rd Vanzetta / Di Centa / Paruzzi
5  1994–95  7 February 1995 Flag of Norway.svg Hamar, Norway4 × 3 km Relay FWorld Cup3rd Valbusa / Dal Sasso / Paluselli
6  1995–96  17 December 1995 Flag of Italy.svg Santa Caterina, Italy4 × 5 km Relay CWorld Cup2nd Paluselli / Paruzzi / Di Centa
714 January 1996 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Nové Město, Czech Republic4 × 5 km Relay CWorld Cup3rd Paluselli / Paruzzi / Di Centa
83 February 1996 Flag of Austria.svg Seefeld, Austria6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint FWorld Cup1st Di Centa
910 March 1996 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden4 × 5 km Relay C/FWorld Cup3rd Giacomuzzi / Di Centa / Dal Sasso
10  1996–97  15 December 1996 Flag of Italy.svg Brusson, Italy4 × 5 km Relay FWorld Cup3rd Paruzzi / Valbusa / Dal Sasso
1119 January 1997 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland8 × 1.5 km Team Sprint FWorld Cup1st Valbusa
1216 March 1997 Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway4 × 5 km Relay FWorld Cup3rd Paruzzi / Peyrot / Valbusa
13  1997–98  23 November 1997 Flag of Norway.svg Beitostølen, Norway4 × 5 km Relay CWorld Cup3rd Moroder / Valbusa / Paruzzi
147 December 1997 Flag of Italy.svg Santa Caterina, Italy4 × 5 km Relay FWorld Cup3rd Paruzzi / Moroder / Valbusa
1514 December 1997 Flag of Italy.svg Val di Fiemme, Italy4 × 5 km Relay FWorld Cup2nd Paruzzi / Di Centa / Valbusa
16  1998–99  29 November 1998 Flag of Finland.svg Muonio, Finland4 × 5 km Relay FWorld Cup2nd Moroder / Paruzzi / Valbusa
1720 December 1998 Flag of Switzerland.svg Davos, Switzerland4 × 5 km Relay C/FWorld Cup2nd Paruzzi / Confortola / Valbusa
1810 January 1999 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Nové Město, Czech Republic4 × 5 km Relay C/FWorld Cup3rd Paruzzi / Confortola / Valbusa
1926 February 1999 Flag of Austria.svg Ramsau, Austria4 × 5 km Relay C/FWorld Championships [1] 2nd Valbusa / Paruzzi / Confortola
2014 March 1999 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden4 × 5 km Relay C/FWorld Cup3rd Valbusa / Paruzzi / Confortola
21  1999–00  8 December 1999 Flag of Italy.svg Asiago, ItalyTeam Sprint FWorld Cup2nd Moroder
2227 February 2000 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden4 × 5 km Relay FWorld Cup3rd Paruzzi / Valbusa / Confortola
23  2000–01  13 December 2000 Flag of Italy.svg Clusone, Italy6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint FWorld Cup2nd Valbusa
2413 January 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Soldier Hollow, United States4 × 5 km Relay C/FWorld Cup1st Valbusa / Paruzzi / Paluselli
25  2001–02  16 December 2001 Flag of Switzerland.svg Davos, Switzerland4 × 5 km Relay C/FWorld Cup3rd Paluselli / Paruzzi / Follis
262 March 2002 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland4 × 1.5 km Team Sprint FWorld Cup3rd Philippot
2710 March 2002 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden4 × 5 km Relay C/FWorld Cup1st Valbusa / Paruzzi / Paluselli

Note:1 Until the 1999 World Championships and the 1994 Olympics, World Championship and Olympic races were included in the World Cup scoring system.

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Awards
Preceded by
Giovanna Trillini
Deborah Compagnoni
Valentina Vezzali
Italian Sportswoman of the Year
1993
1999
2002
Succeeded by
Manuela Di Centa
Valentina Vezzali
Valentina Vezzali
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Nikolaos Kaklamanakis
Final Olympic torchbearer
Torino 2006
Succeeded by
Li Ning
Preceded by
1980 USA men's ice hockey team
Final Winter Olympic torchbearer
Torino 2006
Succeeded by
Catriona Le May Doan, Steve Nash,
Nancy Greene and Wayne Gretzky