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Medal record
Center
Stenmark in 1980.
Men’s alpine skiing
Olympic Games
Gold 1980 Lake Placid Giant slalom
Gold 1980 Lake Placid Slalom
Bronze 1976 Innsbruck Giant slalom
World Championships
Gold 1978 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Giant slalom
Gold 1978 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Slalom
Gold 1982 Schladming Slalom
Silver 1982 Schladming Giant slalom

Jan Ingemar Stenmark (born March 18, 1956 in Joesjö, Storuman Municipality) is a Swedish former skier, active during the 1970s and 1980s. He is regarded as one of the most prominent Swedish sportsmen, and as the greatest slalom and giant slalom specialist of all time. He competed for Fjällvinden Tärnaby.

Stenmark was born in the province of Lappland. His family moved to Tärnaby when he was four years old, where he became neighbours with Stig Strand, who would later win the World Cup Slalom title. He began skiing at the age of five and won his first national competition at the age of eight.

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Competitive record

Stenmark has won more alpine ski competitions than any other man with a total of 86 races (45 giant slaloms and 41 slaloms) in the Alpine Skiing World Cup, Hermann Maier being the second with 54 victories. He only won in two disciplines: slalom and giant slalom (the other events are downhill, super-G, which did not exist until 1982, and combined). Stenmark rarely competed in the other disciplines, as he was not comfortable with speeds in excess of 120 km/h (75 mph).

He won the Overall World Cup title three times in 1976–78. After the season 77/78, the rules for the Overall World Cup title changed (some claim that they were changed because of his domination). He also achieved four of the top ten most successful seasons ever in giant slalom competition. Stenmark won every giant slalom race during the 1977–78 (7 of 7) and 1978–79 seasons (10 of 10). In the 1979–80 season he won ten out of eleven giant slaloms. He has six of the top ten most successful seasons ever in slalom competition: he won all the slalom races during the 1975–76 season (7 of 7), and almost every slalom race in the 1976–77 (9 of 10), 1981–82 (8 of 9), 1979–80 (7 of 8), 1974–75 (7 of 8), and 1980–81 (8 of 10) seasons.

Including Alpine Skiing World Cup, FIS World Championships and Olympic competition, Stenmark finished as follows:

  • 1st place: 92 times;
  • 2nd place: 45 times;
  • 3rd place: 28 times;
  • 4th place: 10 times;
  • 5th place: 13 times;
  • 6th place: 10 times;
  • 7th place: 8 times;
  • 8th place: 7 times;
  • 9th place: 5 times;
  • 10th place: 4 times.

Stenmark was not allowed to participate in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo due to his status as a professional and therefore could not defend his gold medals from 1980. In the 1988 Games he was allowed back into the Olympic competition.

For his three straight World Alpine Skiing World Cup titles (1976–78), Stenmark earned the Holmenkollen medal in 1979 (Shared with Erik Håker and Raisa Smetanina). Stenmark also earned the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal twice as well (1975 & 1978). His 1978 medal was shared with tennis player Björn Borg, making them the only two men to ever win the honor twice (female alpine skier Anja Pärsson received the medal in 2006 and 2007).

Other

During the years from 1976 to 1978 Stenmark, along with tennis player Björn Borg, became a national icon in Sweden. This was not changed by the fact that he—for tax reasons—soon moved to Monaco. On December 26, 2004 he survived the Indian Ocean earthquake while on vacation in Thailand. Stenmark also won the 1996 Swedish Superstars championship.

World Cup victories

Overall

Season Discipline
1975 Giant Slalom
1975 Slalom
1976 Overall
1976 Giant Slalom
1976 Slalom
1977 Overall
1977 Giant Slalom
1977 Slalom
1978 Overall
1978 Giant Slalom
1978 Slalom
1979 Giant Slalom
1979 Slalom
1980 Giant Slalom
1980 Slalom
1981 Giant Slalom
1981 Slalom
1983 Slalom
1984 Giant Slalom

Individual victories

Date Location Race
17 December 1974 Italy Madonna di Campiglio Slalom
12 January 1975 Switzerland Wengen Slalom
23 February 1975 Japan Naeba Giant Slalom
2 March 1975 Canada Garibaldi Giant Slalom
13 March 1975 United States Sun Valley Giant Slalom
15 December 1975 Italy Sterzing / Vipiteno Slalom
11 January 1976 Switzerland Wengen Slalom
24 January 1976 Austria Kitzbühel Slalom
27 January 1976 Germany Zwiesel Giant Slalom
7 March 1976 United States Copper Mountain, U.S. Slalom
14 March 1976 United States Aspen Slalom
3 January 1977 Switzerland Laax Slalom
10 January 1977 Germany Berchtesgaden Slalom
16 January 1977 Austria Kitzbühel Slalom
23 January 1977 Switzerland Wengen Slalom
6 February 1977 Austria St. Anton Slalom
6 March 1977 United States Sun Valley Giant Slalom
18 March 1977 Norway Voss Slalom
20 March 1977 Sweden Åre Slalom
21 March 1977 Sweden Åre Giant Slalom
25 March 1977 Spain Sierra Nevada Giant Slalom
10 December 1977 France Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
13 December 1977 Italy Madonna di Campiglio Slalom
14 December 1977 Italy Madonna di Campiglio Giant Slalom
5 January 1978 Germany Oberstaufen Slalom
8 January 1978 Germany Zwiesel Giant Slalom
9 January 1978 Switzerland Zwiesel Slalom
18 March 1978 Switzerland Arosa Giant Slalom
9 December 1978 Austria Schladming Giant Slalom
21 December 1978 Yugoslavia Kranjska Gora Slalom
22 December 1978 Yugoslavia Kranjska Gora Giant Slalom
7 January 1979 France Courchevel Giant Slalom
16 January 1979 Switzerland Adelboden Giant Slalom
23 January 1979 Austria Steinach Giant Slalom
4 February 1979 Czechoslovakia Jasná Giant Slalom
10 February 1979 Sweden Åre Giant Slalom
11 February 1979 Sweden Åre Slalom
4 March 1979 United States Lake Placid Giant Slalom
12 March 1979 United States Heavenly Valley Giant Slalom
17 March 1979 Japan Furano Slalom
19 March 1979 Japan Furano Slalom
8 December 1979 France Val d'Isère Giant Slalom
11 December 1979 Italy Madonna di Campiglio Slalom
12 December 1979 Italy Madonna di Campiglio Giant Slalom
21 January 1980 Switzerland Adelboden Giant Slalom
27 January 1980 France Chamonix Slalom
27 February 1980 United States Waterville Valley Slalom
1 March 1980 Canada Mont-Sainte-Anne Giant Slalom
10 March 1980 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo Slalom
11 March 1980 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo Giant Slalom
13 March 1980 Austria Saalbach Giant Slalom
15 March 1980 Austria Saalbach Slalom
9 December 1980 Italy Madonna di Campiglio Slalom
10 December 1980 Italy Madonna di Campiglio Giant Slalom
6 January 1981 France Morzine Giant Slalom
18 January 1981 Austria Kitzbühel Slalom
26 January 1981 Switzerland Adelboden Giant Slalom
1 February 1981 Austria St Anton Slalom
2 February 1981 Austria Schladming Giant Slalom
8 February 1981 Norway Oslo Slalom
11 February 1981 Norway Voss Giant Slalom
14 February 1981 Sweden Åre Giant Slalom
9 January 1982 France Morzine Giant Slalom
12 January 1982 Germany Bad Wiessee Slalom
17 January 1982 Austria Kitzbühel Slalom
19 January 1982 Switzerland Adelboden Giant Slalom
9 February 1982 Austria Kirchberg Giant Slalom
14 December 1982 Italy Courmayeur Slalom
23 January 1983 Austria Kitzbühel Slalom
11 February 1983 France Markstein Slalom
13 February 1983 Germany Todtnau Giant Slalom
26 February 1983 Sweden Gällivare Giant Slalom
13 December 1983 Italy Courmayeur Slalom
20 December 1983 Italy Madonna di Campiglio Slalom
10 January 1984 Switzerland Adelboden Giant Slalom
17 January 1984 Switzerland Parpan Slalom
23 January 1984 Austria Kirchberg Giant Slalom
4 February 1984 Bulgaria Borovetz Giant Slalom
7 March 1984 United States Vail Giant Slalom
15 December 1985 Italy Alta Badia Giant Slalom
25 January 1986 Austria St Anton Slalom
27 February 1986 Norway Hemsedal Giant Slalom
March 18, 1986 United States Lake Placid Giant Slalom
November 29, 1986 Italy Sestrières Slalom
February 14, 1987 France Markstein Slalom
February 19, 1989 United States Aspen, Colorado Giant Slalom

References

Preceded by
Björn Borg
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1975
Succeeded by
Anders Gärderud & Bernt Johansson
Preceded by
Frank Andersson
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal with Björn Borg
1978
Succeeded by
Malmö FF







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