|Born||13 January 1969|
Vinadio, Cuneo, Italy
|Height||158 cm (5 ft 2 in)|
|Ski club||G.S. Forestale|
|World Cup career|
|Overall titles||0 – (2nd in 1991, 1992, 1997 & 1999)|
|Discipline titles||1 – (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.
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.
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.
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), both athletes are still credited the same time.
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.
All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).
|Year||Age||5 km||10 km||15 km||Pursuit||20 km||30 km||Sprint|| 4 × 5 km |
|Year||Age||5 km|| 10 km|
| 10 km|
|15 km||Pursuit||30 km||Sprint|| 4 × 5 km |
|Overall||Long Distance||Middle Distance||Sprint|
|1||1989–90||10 December 1989||15 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|2||1990–91||8 December 1990||10 km + 15 km Pursuit C/F||World Cup||1st|
|3||20 December 1990||5 km + 10 km Pursuit C/F||World Cup||2nd|
|4||8 February1991||15 km Individual C||World Championships ||3rd|
|5||1991–92||7 December 1991||5 km Individual C||World Cup||2nd|
|6||8 December 1991||10 km Pursuit C||World Cup||1st|
|7||8 December 1991||30 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|8||15 February1992||10 km Pursuit F||Olympic Games ||2nd|
|9||21 February1992||30 km Individual F||Olympic Games ||1st|
|10||1 March 1992||30 km Individual C||World Cup||1st|
|11||14 March 1992||15 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|12||1992–93||9 January 1993||10 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|13||16 January 1993||10 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|14||23 February 1993||10 km Pursuit F||World Championships ||1st|
|15||27 February 1993||30 km Individual F||World Championships ||1st|
|16||6 March 1993||5 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|17||1993–94||11 December 1993||5 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|18||18 December 1993||10 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|19||17 February 1994||10 km Pursuit F||Olympic Games ||3rd|
|20||6 March 1994||30 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|21||1994–95||7 January 1995||30 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|22||1995–96||29 November 1995||10 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|23||9 January 1996||30 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|24||2 February 1996||5 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|25||2 March 1996||10 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|26||1996–97||23 November 1996||5 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|27||7 December 1996||10 km Individual C||World Cup||1st|
|28||14 December 1996||15 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|29||11 January 1997||5 km Individual C||World Cup||1st|
|30||12 January 1997||10 km Pursuit F||World Cup||1st|
|31||18 January 1997||15 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|32||21 February 1997||15 km Individual F||World Championships ||2nd|
|33||23 February 1997||5 km Individual C||World Championships ||2nd|
|34||24 February 1997||10 km Pursuit F||World Championships ||2nd|
|35||1 March 1997||30 km Individual C||World Championships ||2nd|
|36||8 March 1997||5 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|37||15 March 1997||30 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|38||1997–98||16 December 1997||15 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|39||4 January 1998||10 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|40||11 January 1998||10 km Pursuit F||World Cup||1st|
|41||7 March 1998||15 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|42||11 March 1998||5 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|43||1998–99||28 November 1998||5 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|44||12 January 1999||15 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|45||14 February 1999||5 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|46||19 February 1999||15 km Individual F||World Championships ||1st|
|47||23 February 1999||10 km Pursuit F||World Championships ||1st|
|48||20 March 1999||30 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|49||1999–00||2 February 2000||5 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|50||16 February 2000||5 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|51||20 February 2000||44 km Mass Start F||World Cup||1st|
|52||26 February 2000||10 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|53||18 March 2000||10 km Pursuit F||World Cup||2nd|
|54||2000–01||25 November 2000||10 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|55||29 November 2000||5 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|56||8 December 2000||10 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|57||29 December 2000||1.0 km Sprint F||World Cup||3rd|
|58||10 January 2001||5 km + 5 km Pursuit||World Cup||3rd|
|59||4 March 2001||15 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|60||2001–02||12 December 2001||10 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|61||15 December 2001||10 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|62||22 December 2001||15 km Mass Start F||World Cup||2nd|
|63||12 January 2002||5 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|64||2 March 2002||10 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|65||9 March 2002||5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/F||World Cup||1st|
|66||16 March 2002||30 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|1||1990–91||15 February 1991||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Championships ||2nd||Vanzetta / Di Centa / Paruzzi|
|2||1991–92||18 February 1992||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||Olympic Games ||3rd||Vanzetta / Di Centa / Paruzzi|
|3||1992–93||26 February 1993||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Championships ||2nd||Vanzetta / Di Centa / Paruzzi|
|4||1993–94||22 February 1994||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||Olympic Games ||3rd||Vanzetta / Di Centa / Paruzzi|
|5||1994–95||7 February 1995||4 × 3 km Relay F||World Cup||3rd||Valbusa / Dal Sasso / Paluselli|
|6||1995–96||17 December 1995||4 × 5 km Relay C||World Cup||2nd||Paluselli / Paruzzi / Di Centa|
|7||14 January 1996||4 × 5 km Relay C||World Cup||3rd||Paluselli / Paruzzi / Di Centa|
|8||3 February 1996||6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F||World Cup||1st||Di Centa|
|9||10 March 1996||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||3rd||Giacomuzzi / Di Centa / Dal Sasso|
|10||1996–97||15 December 1996||4 × 5 km Relay F||World Cup||3rd||Paruzzi / Valbusa / Dal Sasso|
|11||19 January 1997||8 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F||World Cup||1st||Valbusa|
|12||16 March 1997||4 × 5 km Relay F||World Cup||3rd||Paruzzi / Peyrot / Valbusa|
|13||1997–98||23 November 1997||4 × 5 km Relay C||World Cup||3rd||Moroder / Valbusa / Paruzzi|
|14||7 December 1997||4 × 5 km Relay F||World Cup||3rd||Paruzzi / Moroder / Valbusa|
|15||14 December 1997||4 × 5 km Relay F||World Cup||2nd||Paruzzi / Di Centa / Valbusa|
|16||1998–99||29 November 1998||4 × 5 km Relay F||World Cup||2nd||Moroder / Paruzzi / Valbusa|
|17||20 December 1998||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Paruzzi / Confortola / Valbusa|
|18||10 January 1999||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||3rd||Paruzzi / Confortola / Valbusa|
|19||26 February 1999||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Championships ||2nd||Valbusa / Paruzzi / Confortola|
|20||14 March 1999||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||3rd||Valbusa / Paruzzi / Confortola|
|21||1999–00||8 December 1999||Team Sprint F||World Cup||2nd||Moroder|
|22||27 February 2000||4 × 5 km Relay F||World Cup||3rd||Paruzzi / Valbusa / Confortola|
|23||2000–01||13 December 2000||6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F||World Cup||2nd||Valbusa|
|24||13 January 2001||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Valbusa / Paruzzi / Paluselli|
|25||2001–02||16 December 2001||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||3rd||Paluselli / Paruzzi / Follis|
|26||2 March 2002||4 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F||World Cup||3rd||Philippot|
|27||10 March 2002||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Valbusa / Paruzzi / Paluselli|
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