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Henri Oreiller

Full name: Henri Oreiller
Gender: Male
Born: December 5, 1925 in Paris, Paris, France
Died: October 7, 1962 in Paris, Paris, France
Affiliations: CS de Val d'Isère
Country: FRA France
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Henri Oreiller was inspired to become a competitive skiier by following the exploits of James Couttet. During World War II, Oreiller joined the Section Eclairuers Skieurs, a specialist skiing section of the French Resistance. After the liberation of Paris he joined the regular Army and fought in an elite winter combat unit in the Alps during the last days of the war. After the war, he won the French slalom title in 1947 as a prelude to his starring role at the 1948 Winter Olympics. At St. Moritz Oreiller won three medals, including golds in the downhill and combined, along with a bronze in the slalom. He missed one of his medal ceremonies because he was playing accordion in a local bar, and only received that medal a week later. In Arlberg-Kandahar races Oreiller was second in the slalom in 1947 and 1950, both times at Mürren. He also won the Harriman Cup at Sun Valley, Idaho. Oreiller competed at the 1952 Winter Olympics, but with much less success and then retired from ski racing.

This enabled him to pursue his other passion, which was automobile racing. Over the next 10 years Oreiller raced cars all over Europe, winning the French touring category in 1959, the 1959 automobile Tour de France in an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Ralley Lyon-Charbonnières in 1961 (driving an Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ) and 1962 (in a Ferrari 250 GT), the 1962 Ralley de Lorraine in a Ferrari 250 GT, and the 1962 Ralley du Limousin, again in a Ferrari 250 GT. Tragically, in October 1962 Henri Oreiller died behind the wheel of his Ferrari during the Grand Prix de Paris, in a crash at the Linas-Montlhéry autodrome when his rear tire exploded and he crashed into a race marshall’s hut.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill France FRA 1 Gold
1948 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom France FRA 3 Bronze
1948 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing Men's Combined France FRA 1 Gold
1952 Winter 26 Oslo Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill France FRA 14T
1952 Winter 26 Oslo Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom France FRA 16

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 1 2:55.0
1952 Winter 26 Oslo Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 14T 2:41.5

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Winter 26 Oslo Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 16 2:35.3

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PT
1948 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 3 2:12.8
1948 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing France Run 1 4 1:08.0 0:00
1948 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing France Run 2 6 1:04.8 0:00

Men's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T PT
1948 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 1 3.27
1948 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing France Downhill 1 0.00 2:55.0
1948 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing France Slalom 5 3.27 2:22.3
1948 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing France Slalom Run 1 5 1:12.3 0:00
1948 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Alpine Skiing France Slalom Run 2 12T 1:10.0 0:00