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Alberto Tomba

Born in San Lazzaro di Savena (Bologna) on 19 December 1966, Alberto Tomba – nicknamed “Tomba la Bomba” – is one of the greatest skiers of all time. He first burst onto the scene on 23 December 1984, when he won a Christmas Parallel Slalom event on Monte Stella in Milan, prompting La Gazzetta dello Sport to report: “A B-team Italian beats the big names.” Tomba secured his first World Cup podium finish with a silver medal in the Giant Slalom at Alta Badia on 14 December 1986, with his first win following in the Slalom at Sestriere on 27 December 1987. Tomba became a household name thanks to his exploits at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, where – having already won the gold in the Giant Slalom, RAI interrupted the Sanremo Festival to show his win in the Slalom. He won the gold in the Giant Slalom and the silver in the Slalom at Albertville 1992, following this up with the silver in the Slalom at Lillehammer 1994. Tomba won the World Championship gold in the Slalom and the Giant Slalom at Sierra Nevada 1996, as well as bronzes in the Giant Slalom at Crans Montana 1997 and the Slalom at Sestriere 1997. He won 50 World Cup races (15 Giant Slaloms and 35 Slaloms), though Tomba counts his tally at 51, including the Parallel Slalom at Saalbach 1988, which didn’t count towards the ranking. Tomba won the overall World Cup in the 1994/95 season, plus eight speciality titles (four in Slalom, four in Giant Slalom). He retired in 1998 and now lives in Castel de’ Britti.

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