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Phil Mahre

Full name: Phillip Ferdinand "Phil" Mahre
Nickname(s): Nightmare, Flipper
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: May 10, 1957 in Yakima, Washington, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Twin brother (fraternal) of Steve Mahre.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Phil Mahre is the best technical ski racer the United States has ever produced. Mahre first made the U.S. team in 1974, just after graduating from high school. He went on to compete in the 1976 Olympics, finishing fifth in the giant slalom, the best performance that year by a U.S. alpine ski racer. In the next two years, Phil and his twin brother, Steve, had very successful seasons, but Phil had by far the better of it. He won several World Cup races and was a challenger to Ingemar Stenmark for world domination of the technical races. But at the pre-Olympic races at Lake Placid in 1979, Mahre fell, so severely fracturing his ankle that he required surgery and seven screws and a metal plate to hold the bones together. His Olympic chances looked slim with the Games less than a year away. But Mahre made an amazing recovery. Understandably he had a so-so early season in 1979-80 but recovered to win a silver medal, behind Stenmark, in the slalom at Lake Placid. Phil Mahre then replaced Stenmark as the best technical alpine skiier in the world. He won the men’s all-round World Cup title three years in succession, 1981-1983, something done before only by Stenmark and Gustavo Thoeni).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom United States USA 5
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom United States USA 18
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill United States USA 14
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom United States USA 10
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom United States USA 2 Silver
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom United States USA 8
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 14 1:48.88

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 5 3:28.20
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 4 1:45.58
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Run 2 5 1:42.62
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 10 2:44.33
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 14 1:21.74
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Run 2 10 1:22.59
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 8 2:43.25
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 10 1:22.09
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing United States Run 2 7 1:21.16

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 18 2:11.77
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 22 1:04.80
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Run 2 17 1:06.97
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 2 1:44.76
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 1 53.31
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Run 2 8 51.45
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 1 1:39.41
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 3 51.55
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing United States Run 2 2 47.86