Tomba, Alberto


Tomba, Alberto
born Dec. 19, 1966, San Lazzaro di Savena, Italy

Italian Alpine skier.

Tomba was born near Bologna and learned to ski there. He won three Olympic gold medals (1988, slalom and giant slalom; 1992, giant slalom), one Alpine World Cup championship (1995), and two World Championship of Skiing gold medals (1996, slalom and giant slalom). He had no success at the 1998 Olympics but won a slalom event at the World Cup in March of that year and then retired from skiing. He achieved a level of fame unusual for an Alpine skier because of his flamboyance on and off the slopes.

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▪ Italian skier
byname  La Bomba 
born Dec. 19, 1966, San Lazzaro di Savena, Italy

      flamboyant Italian Alpine skier who earned five Olympic medals, including gold in both the slalom and the giant slalom at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and in the giant slalom at the 1992 Games in Albertville, France. In 1995 he won the World Cup slalom and giant slalom titles and became the first slalom specialist to win the World Cup overall title since Ingemar Stenmark (Stenmark, Ingemar) in 1978.

      Tomba, the son of a wealthy Bolognese textile merchant, finished 51st on the World Cup circuit in 1986, his first year on the circuit. Off the slopes, he cultivated a colourful playboy image, but on the slopes he combined stylish, almost balletic grace and a risky, all-or-nothing aggression. By 1988 he had risen to second on the circuit and had won two Olympic gold medals in Calgary. He captured the giant slalom by more than a second; two days later he defeated Stenmark and defending world champion Frank Wörndl in the slalom, with a winning margin of only 0.06 second.

      In 1992 Tomba arrived in Albertville as the favourite in both events, although during the four-year interval he had broken his collarbone and struggled with problems controlling both his weight and his concentration. He successfully defended his Olympic title in the giant slalom but lost the slalom by 0.28 second, despite a sensational second run.

      At the 1994 Games in Lillehammer, Norway, Tomba took the silver in the slalom, narrowly missing his fourth gold medal by a margin of 0.15 second. In 1995, after a decade on the World Cup circuit, Tomba captured the World Cup overall title with 11 race victories: 7 slaloms and 4 giant slaloms. The next year he took gold medals in the slalom and giant slalom at the Alpine world championships. At the 1998 Nagano (Japan) Olympics, however, he did not ski well and failed to win a medal in either slalom event.

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