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Carole Merle

Full name: Carole Hélène Merle (-Pellet)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: January 24, 1964 in Barcelonnette, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France
Affiliations: Le Sauze
Country: FRA France
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Through 2013 Carole Merle is the French female skiier with the most victories and podiums at the World Cup, winning 22 races (12 super-Gs and 10 giant slaloms) and standing atop the podium 44 times between 1987 and 1994. A four-time Olympian (1984, 1988, 1992, 1994), Merle won one Olympic medal, a silver in the 1992 super-G at Albertville. She came through for three medals at the World Championships, highlighted by a gold in giant slalom in 1993, with two silvers, giant slalom in 1989 at Vail, Colorado and super-G in 1991 at Saalbach, Austria. In the seasonal World Cup competition, Merle was a six-time champion, winning the super-G consecutively from 1989-92 and the giant slalom in 1992 and 1993. She was runner-up in the overall World Cup in the 1991-92 season. That was likely her best season, winning her Olympic medal and seven races on the World Cup circuit, three in super-G and four in giant slalom, although in 1990 she also won five World Cup races. After her career ended, Merle went into business, but suffered some financial difficulties which became public.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom France FRA 11
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom France FRA 16
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill France FRA 12
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing Women's Super G France FRA 12
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom France FRA 9
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing Women's Combined France FRA AC DNF
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill France FRA 13T
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Women's Super G France FRA 2 Silver
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom France FRA 6
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Women's Super G France FRA 19
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom France FRA 5

Women's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 12 1:27.53
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 13T 1:54.73

Women's Super G

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 12 1:21.01
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 2 1:22.63
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 19 1:23.72

Women's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 11 2:23.27
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing France Run 1 13 1:10.73
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing France Run 2 8 1:12.54
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 9 2:09.36
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing France Run 1 14 1:01.30
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing France Run 2 8 1:08.06
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 6 2:14.24
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing France Run 1 4 1:06.67
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Alpine Skiing France Run 2 9 1:07.57
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 5 2:33.44
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing France Run 1 6 1:21.56
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing France Run 2 4T 1:11.88

Women's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 16 1:44.30
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing France Run 1 20 51.68
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing France Run 2 16 52.62

Women's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PTS
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing France Final Standings AC DNF
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing France Downhill 1 1:16.46 0.00
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing France Slalom AC DQ
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Alpine Skiing France Slalom Run 1 AC DQ [50.56]
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