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Paul Accola

Full name: Paul Accola
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (176 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: February 20, 1967 in Davos, Graubünden, Switzerland
Affiliations: SC Davos, Davos (SUI)
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Brother of Martina Accola.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Paul Accola joined the Swiss national alpine skiing team in 1985 and came in third in the slalom at that year’s Junior World Championships. He made his debut as a senior in 1988 and won a bronze medal in the combined at that year’s Winter Olympics, while failing to complete the slalom. He earned his first two World Cup podium finishes in 1989, as well as a silver medal in the combined at that year’s World Championships, where he was also fourth in the slalom. He returned to the Olympics in 1992, competing in all five disciplines, but did not win a medal; he came closest in the Super G, where he was fourth. Success was sporadic for Accola for the remainder of his career, including a best finish of sixth in the combined at the 1994 Winter Olympics and seventh in the giant slalom at the 1998 edition, but he won bronze medals in the combined at the 1999 and 2001 World Championships, the latter of which was his last major international podium finish.

After a fifth and final Olympic appearance in 2002, where he was sixth in the combined and tenth in the Super G, Accola eased into a retirement that he announced on his 38th birthday. Over the course of his career, he earned 26 World Cup podium finishes between 1988 and 2000, seven of which were victories (thrice in the combined, twice in the Super G, and once each in the slalom and giant slalom). During his athletic career he worked on his family’s farm, but he later became involved in various entrepreneurial adventures. Tragedy struck in 2012 when he accidentally killed a child with a riding mower, but a Swiss court found him not liable because he had told the children several times not to play in the area while he was mowing. His sister Martina was also an international alpine skier who competed in the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Switzerland SUI AC DQ
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Switzerland SUI 3 Bronze
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Switzerland SUI AC DNF
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Switzerland SUI 10
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Switzerland SUI 4
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Switzerland SUI 6
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Switzerland SUI 21
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Switzerland SUI 14
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Switzerland SUI 19
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Switzerland SUI 17
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Switzerland SUI 6
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Switzerland SUI 18
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Switzerland SUI 7
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Switzerland SUI 18
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Switzerland SUI AC DNF
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Switzerland SUI 10
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Switzerland SUI 6

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings AC DNF

Men's Super G

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 10 1:14.60
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 14 1:34.37
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 18 1:36.87
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 10 1:23.33

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 4 2:08.02
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 1 4 1:04.88
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 2 8 1:03.14
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 19 2:54.96
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 1 19T 1:30.21
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 2 16 1:24.75
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 7 2:40.57
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 1 7 1:21.31
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 2 11 1:19.26

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings AC DQ
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 1 AC DQ
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 6 1:45.62
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 1 4 52.64
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 2 7 52.98
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 17 2:07.56
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 1 24 1:04.45
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 2 17 1:03.11
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 18 1:54.91
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 1 23 57.56
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 2 19 57.35

Men's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 3 48.24
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Alpine Skiing Switzerland Downhill 24 48.24 1:51.27
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom 1 0.00 1:24.93
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom Run 1 1 42.58
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom Run 2 2 42.35
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 21 90.96
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Switzerland Downhill 5 7.75 1:45.73
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom 26 83.21 1:55.79
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom Run 1 28 56.08
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom Run 2 28 59.71
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 6 3:19.44
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Switzerland Downhill 24 1:39.41
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom 3 1:40.03
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom Run 1 3 50.75
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom Run 2 5 49.28
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings AC DNF
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom AC DNF
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom Run 1 7 49.39
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom Run 2 AC DNF
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 6 3:22.26
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Switzerland Downhill 4 1:39.62
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom Run 1 11 48.73
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom Run 2 10 53.91
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Switzerland Slalom 10 1:42.64