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Denis Feron

Full name: Denis Lucien Émile Feron
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: March 22, 1928 in Woluwé-Saint-Pierre, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
Country: BEL Belgium
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Brother of Michel Feron.

Biography

Denis Feron competed in the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games as an alpine skier, but made headlines in the United States much later in his life. He settled in the USA and eventually became the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Chemetco, a Midwest copper smelter, which in the 1990s produced about 50% of US copper output from non-mined sources. Chemetco was closely monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) but federal indictments against Feron allege that he ordered the construction of a secret pipe through which millions of gallons of water containing heavy metals (including cadmium, lead, and zinc) and hazardous waste were dumped into nearby lakes and wetlands. This was discovered in 1996 by US inspectors. In 1999, Feron and five of his employees were charged with violating the US Clean Water Act. Rather than face trial, possible prison time up to five years and up to $250,000 in fines, Feron fled the country. As of 2008, he was still considered a fugitive and it was felt that he had returned to his native Belgium.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Belgium BEL 63
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Belgium BEL 73
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Belgium BEL 65T r1/2
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Belgium BEL 38
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Belgium BEL 65
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Belgium BEL 46

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Alpine Skiing Belgium Final Standings 63 3:36.5
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Belgium Final Standings 38 4:16.6

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Alpine Skiing Belgium Final Standings 73 3:19.2
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Belgium Final Standings 65 4:01.8

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PT
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Alpine Skiing Belgium Final Standings 65T r1/2
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Alpine Skiing Belgium Run 1 65T 1:21.1 0:00
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Belgium Final Standings 46 4:49.5
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Belgium Run 1 49 2:12.5 0:00
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Belgium Run 2 47 2:37.0 0:00