Olympic Competitor nr 6702
Figure Skating (2 silver)
In 1956 with Franz Ningel, in 1960 and 1964 with Hans-Jürgen Bäumler.
Olympic Competitor nr 4592
B. 1943-08-30, St Cloud, Alsace, France
Alpine Skiing (3 gold)
Killy emulated the feat of Toni Sailer from 1956,
but with far less conviction, winning the Slalom and Giant Slalom by less
than a tenth of a second. The slalom victory, furthermore, came after some
controversy. Austrian Karl Schranz was given a second chance after claiming
he was hindered by an official, and finished with a better time. hours later,
a jury ruled that his claim to a second race had been invalid, as he had
missed a gate before being hindered.
Killy introduced the style of using the skis wider apart in the downhill, which gave more stability.
After Grenoble, Killy turned professional and has appeared in films.
He was World Champion at Downhill and Comnbined in 1966, and World Cup winner in every discipline in 1967, and in Giant Slalom and Overall in 1968.
He derives his name from Irish mercenaries (Kelly) in the Napoleonic Wars.
Olympic Competitor nr 6799
Written 2001-01-25 - last modified 2011-08-14
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