Arguably the greatest ski racer of World Cup history turns 55 years old today. Swedish star Ingemar Stenmark dominated the technical events of Giant Slalom and Slalom from the mid-Seventies to mid-Eighties. The winiest skier in World Cup history. First in wins, first in Giant Slalom wins and first in Slalom wins. Won medals in consecutive Olympics, however he wasn’t allowed to compete in the 1984 games due to his professional status.
I remember Stenmark was a quiet and reserve type on the World Cup. The skier was so dominating. That somewhat comes through in the linked interview below.
Interview from Homeboyski: Ingemar Stenmark Interview – The Best Slalom Skier Ever Lived
Here is a presentation of the Sport Award at Sweden’s Idrottsgalan 2011.
Film presentation (in Swedish):
Prize presentation by Phil and Steve Mahre:
For those who can’t get enough, here is a longer video: 9 minutes summary of Ingemar Stenmark’s career (in Japanese).
Födelsedagen Ingemar. Thank you for inspiring a generation of skiers.
Stenmark was Overall World Cup Champion in 3 consecutive years (1975-76 to 1977-78).
15 times Slalom or Giant Slalom World Cup champions between 1974-75 to 1983-84.
86 victories (46 in GS, 40 in Slalom and 2 in Parallel*).
155 podiums (101 GS, 99 Slalom, 7 Parallel* and 1 combine).
* Parallel are no counted in the official career numbers.
2 times Olympic Gold (GS and Slalom) at Lake Placid (1980) and Bronze in GS at Innsbruck (1976)
5 times World Championship Gold in GS and Slalom (1978, 80* and 82), and a silver and bronze in GS (1976* and 82).
* Olympic medals also counted as World Championship