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Madeleine Chamot-Berthod

Full name: Madeleine Chamot-Berthod
Gender: Female
Born: February 1, 1931 in Château d'Oex, Vaud, Switzerland
Affiliations: Chateau d'Oex
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Raised in a farming family, Madeleine Berthod’s breakthrough year in alpine skiing was 1952, when she won her first of six Swiss national championships and attended the Winter Olympics for the first time. At the Games she was sixth in the downhill and the slalom and also competed in the giant slalom. Her next major international stop was the 1954 World Championships, where she won silver medals in the giant slalom and the combined. With the retirement of her compatriot Ida Schöpfer, who had taken the downhill and combined titles at the 1954 World Championships, Berthod was touted as the favorite for the downhill crown at the 1956 Winter Olympics and did not disappoint, winning by a margin of nearly five seconds ahead of teammate and silver medalist Frieda Dänzer. Berthod was also fourth in the giant slalom (tied with American Andrea Mead-Lawrence) and 17th in the slalom, and her accomplishments earned her the title of Swiss Sports Personality of the Year. She attended one more edition of the Games in 1960, finishing 9th in the giant slalom and 28th in the slalom, and then retired from active competition.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Switzerland SUI 6
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Switzerland SUI AC DQ
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Switzerland SUI 6
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Switzerland SUI 1 Gold
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Switzerland SUI 4T
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Switzerland SUI 17
1960 Winter 29 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Switzerland SUI 9T
1960 Winter 29 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Switzerland SUI 28

Women's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 6 1:50.7
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 1 1:40.7

Women's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings AC DQ [2:29.0]
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 4T 1:58.3
1960 Winter 29 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 9T 1:41.9

Women's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PT
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 6 2:14.9
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 1 3 1:06.7 0:00
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 2 12 1:08.2 0:00
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 17 2:08.3
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 1 26 1:09.7 0:05
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 2 4 58.7 0:00
1960 Winter 29 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Switzerland Final Standings 28 2:15.4
1960 Winter 29 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 1 37 1:12.1
1960 Winter 29 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Switzerland Run 2 22 1:03.3
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