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Cindy Nelson

Full name: Cynthia Lee "Cindy" Nelson
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: August 19, 1955 in Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Cindy Nelson was the first great downhill racer the U.S. produced – male or female. In addition, for most of the late 70’s, she was the top U.S. woman at all the alpine events. Her career is remarkable not only for her success in the downhill but for its longevity She first made the U.S. ski team in 1971 and competed through the 1984 Winter Olympics. Nelson was forced to miss the 1972 Olympics with a dislocated hip, but before the 1976 Olympics, she won two World Cup downhills, a World Cup giant slalom, and was ranked in the top ten in the World overall. After her bronze medal in 1976 she continued to race, winning another World Cup downhill in 1979, and ranking fourth overall in that year. A medal hopeful at Lake Placid in 1980, she was unable to come through with a podium finish. She competed on the World Cup Circuit thru 1984, competing at the Sarajevo Olympics, and won her sixth and final World Cup Victory in a Super-G at Verbier in January 1983.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill United States USA 3 Bronze
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom United States USA 21
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom United States USA 13
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill United States USA 7T
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom United States USA 13
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom United States USA 11
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom United States USA 18

Women's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 3 1:47.50
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 7T 1:39.69

Women's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 21 1:32.02
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 13 2:47.32
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 13 1:17.42
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Run 2 14 1:29.90
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 18 2:24.88
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 20 1:11.44
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Alpine Skiing United States Run 2 18 1:13.44

Women's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 13 1:37.33
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 16 49.52
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing United States Run 2 13 47.81
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Final Standings 11 1:30.85
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Run 1 12 44.96
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Alpine Skiing United States Run 2 13 45.89