With the winter Olypmics fast approaching the horizon, All Chalets set out to make a list of 10 of the most famous Olympic skiers to come out of the Olympic games, and just how much money was won.
The first is Lindsey Vonn, who captured both a gold medal, as well as a bronze in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Vonn was also the winner of the 2009 World Championships Super-G and downhill champion.
Julia Mancuso of Nevada is number two on the list. Mancuso won the gold in 2006, and followed up with two silver medals in the 2010 games in Vancouver. Mancuso also took gold in combined, giant slalom, and downhill in the 2002 Junior World Ski Championships. She was unable to nab gold in her bids for the World Championships, but one would assume the Olympic gold medal made up for that shortcoming.
One of the most memorable, Picabo Street, came in at number three of the AllChallets.com infographic. Street won the silver medal in 1994 in Lillehammer, and followed up the effort with a gold in Nagano.
The first man on the list is Tommy Moe, who won a gold medal and a silver. He also had a strong showing at Lillehammer in 1994, when he grabbed silver in the Super G and a gold in the downhill.
Italian Alberto Tomba comes in at number five with five medals in his storied career. Three of his five were gold. He took the giant slalom and slalom top-spot in 1988, while nabbing the giant slalom gold in 1992 as well. He also earned silver in 1992 and 1994 slalom.
Austria’s Herman Maier fell one short of Tomba, though no one would expect him to hand his head, unless due to the weight of two gold medals, a silver, and a bronze. Both of his gold metals were won in 1998. He won his bronze and silver in a valiant return to the games in the 2006 Turin games. And jumping ahead one spot, fellow Austrian Benjamin Raich was the only reason Maier came in second as he took gold twice in the 2006 Turin games.
Jean-Claude Killy may only have three medals, but with all three being gold, there is likely no regret in the Frenchman’s career. All three of his medals were won at the 1968 Grenoble games.
Finally, the infographic points to one of the most decorated Olympic champions in history: Bjorn Daehlie of Norway. The long-distance skier holds eight gold medals and four silvers in his Olympic career that spanned 1992 to 1998. In 1992 and 1998 he captured three cold medals apiece, while 1994 was his most medal-heavy games, with five total medals earned.
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