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Francisco Fernández Ochoa

Full name: Francisco Fernández Ochoa
Nickname(s): Paquito
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7" (171 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: February 25, 1950 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: November 6, 2006 in Cercedilla, Madrid, Spain
Affiliations: Club de Esquí Arroyomolinos, Madrid (ESP)
Country: ESP Spain
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Brother of Blanca Fernández Ochoa; Brother of Dolores Fernández Ochoa; Brother of Juan Manuel Fernández Ochoa; Brother of Luis Fernández Ochoa.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

When Francisco Fernández Ochoa won the 1972 Olympic slalom, he became the first Spanish champion at the Winter Olympics. He was in fact the first Spanish Olympic champion since 1928, and the third of all time. His victory came as a major upset, although he had placed in the top 10 at the 1970 World Championships. Fernández's career only saw one other international victory, winning a slalom World Cup in Zakopane (Poland) in 1974. That same year, the Spaniard also captured a bronze medal in the World Championships slalom, again the first ever won by his country. Born in a family of eight, four of Francisco's siblings were also successful alpine skiers and competed in the Olympics: Luis, Juan Manuel, Dolores and Blanca. In 1992, Blanca followed in her brother's footsteps, winning Spain's second Winter Olympic medal. Fernández, who retired in 1980, was the only Olympian ever to carry his country's flag twice in the same year; in both Sapporo and München, he marched into the stadium carrying the Spanish banner. "Paquito", as he was commonly known, died of lymphatic cancer at age 56, barely a week after the unveiling of a statue in his honour.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Winter 17 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Spain ESP 38
1968 Winter 17 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Spain ESP 38
1968 Winter 17 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Spain ESP 23
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Spain ESP AC DQ
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Spain ESP 1 Gold
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Spain ESP 35
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Spain ESP 24
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Spain ESP 9
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Spain ESP 27
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Spain ESP 22
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Spain ESP 22

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Winter 17 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Spain Final Standings 38 2:08.67
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Spain Final Standings 35 1:51.91
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Spain Final Standings 27 1:50.69

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Winter 17 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Spain Final Standings 38 3:45.97
1968 Winter 17 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Spain Run 1 44 1:52.57
1968 Winter 17 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Spain Run 2 38 1:53.40
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Spain Final Standings AC DQ
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Spain Run 1 AC DQ [1:34.04]
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Spain Final Standings 24 3:38.12
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Spain Run 1 24 1:48.65
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Spain Run 2 27 1:49.47
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Spain Final Standings 22 2:46.58
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Spain Run 1 29 1:23.11
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Spain Run 2 18 1:23.47

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Winter 17 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Spain Final Round 23 1:48.13
1968 Winter 17 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Spain Final Round Run 1 31 53.52
1968 Winter 17 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Spain Final Round Run 2 23 54.61
1968 Winter 17 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Spain Qualifying Round One Heat C 3 53.43
1968 Winter 17 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Spain Qualifying Round Two Heat C 1 Q 56.19
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Spain Final Round 1 1:49.27
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Spain Final Round Run 1 1 55.36
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Alpine Skiing Spain Final Round Run 2 2 53.91
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Spain Final Standings 9 2:08.35
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Spain Run 1 10T 1:02.35
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Spain Run 2 10 1:06.00
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Spain Final Standings 22 1:51.61
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Spain Run 1 26 57.31
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Spain Run 2 21 54.30