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Stefania Belmondo

Full name: Stefania Belmondo
Gender: Female
Height: 5'2" (158 cm)
Weight: 99 lbs (45 kg)
Born: January 13, 1969 in Vinadio, Cuneo, Italy
Affiliations: G.S. Forestale, Roma (ITA)
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 5 Bronze (10 Total)

Biography

With 10 Olympic medals, the Italian cross-country skier Stefania Belmondo is equal with Raisa Smetanina for the most Winter Olympic medals among female athletes. Belmondo first competed at the Winter Olympics in 1988. In 1992, she won three medals, including a gold medal in the 30 km. race. She failed to medal at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, but won four medals at Nagano in 1998, and in 2002 won two medals, including her second gold in the 15 km. race, after which she retired. The 15 km. gold medal was particularly dramatic as Belmondo broke a pole with 4.5 km. remaining and skied in with only one pole. Belmondo won the World Cup for cross-country skiing in 1999, and finished 2nd in that competition three times (1991, 1992, 1997) and 3rd three times (1993, 1998, 2002). She also won the Sprint World Cup in 1997, and was a four-time World Champion. Nicknamed "The Tiny Tornado" for her relatively small size of 5-3 (160 cm.) and 100 lbs. (45 kg.), Belmondo was renowned for her huge training regimen, covering over 10,000 km. per year on skis.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Winter 19 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Italy ITA 19
1988 Winter 19 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Women's 20 kilometres Italy ITA 29
1988 Winter 19 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Italy ITA 10
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Italy ITA 4
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 kilometres Italy ITA 5
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 30 kilometres Italy ITA 1 Gold
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit Italy ITA 2 Silver
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Italy ITA 3 Bronze
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Italy ITA 13
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 kilometres Italy ITA 4
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit Italy ITA 3 Bronze
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Italy ITA 3 Bronze
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Italy ITA 12
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 kilometres Italy ITA 8
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 30 kilometres Italy ITA 2 Silver
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit Italy ITA 5
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Italy ITA 3 Bronze
2002 Winter 33 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Italy ITA 3 Bronze
2002 Winter 33 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 kilometres Italy ITA 1 Gold
2002 Winter 33 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's 30 kilometres Italy ITA 2 Silver
2002 Winter 33 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's 5/5 kilometres Pursuit Italy ITA 11
2002 Winter 33 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Italy ITA 6

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 4 14:26.2 5:49.7 3
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 13 15:04.0 6:11.4 17
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 12 18:19.8 6:27.8 16

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1988 Winter 19 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 19 31:47.2 15:46.4 19 23:36.9 19
2002 Winter 33 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 3 28:45.8 6:24.7 13 17:59.6 3 25:18.2 3

Women's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 5 44:02.4 5:49.0 6 23:18.4 3
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 4 41:33.6 5:04.8 6 22:55.7 4
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 8 48:57.7 6:09.8 22 28:04.7 9
2002 Winter 33 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 1 39:54.4 5:42.3 3 20:10.9 2 31:17.0 9

Women's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1988 Winter 19 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 29 1-01:36.9 16:58.9 23 30:07.2 29 48:36.8 29

Women's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 1 1-22:30.1 5:04.2 1 18:38.9 1 31:46.7 1 50:01.7 1 1-05:43.7 1
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 2 1-22:11.7 5:10.9 3 30:19.6 1 1-01:55.4 1
2002 Winter 33 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 2 1-31:01.6 23:15.4 2 45:09.7 2 1-02:49.9 2

Women's 5/5 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
2002 Winter 33 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy 5 kilometres, Classical 17 Q 13:50.4
2002 Winter 33 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy 5 kilometres, Freestyle 11 12:37.1 +0:51 11:45.3 4

Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 2 26:17.8 +0:12 26:05.8 2
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 3 28:13.1 +0:56 27:17.1 1
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 5 28:42.6 +0:42 28:00.6 2

Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1988 Winter 19 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Standings 10 15:03.1 1-04:23.6 10
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Standings 3 14:08.8 1-00:25.9 3
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Standings 3 13:36.8 58:42.6 3
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Standings 3 13:00.1 56:53.3 3
2002 Winter 33 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Standings 6 11:29.9 50:38.6 6