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Josef Polig

Full name: Josef Polig
Nickname(s): Joe Speck
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: November 9, 1968 in Vipiteno, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
Affiliations: G.S. Fiamme Gialle, Roma (ITA)
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Josef Polig was a versatile skier who won a surprise gold medal in combined at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville. Sixth after the downhill, he had the fifth best time in slalom, but benefitted when defending champion Hubert Strolz was disqualified, after missing a gate near the finish of the second run. In the World Cup, in which Polig participated from 1988-95, his best placings were two fifth places in the combined and the downhill. In 1989 he was ranked ninth in the combined at the World Championships. At the Italian Championships he won two combined titles (1988, 1993) and one silver medal, in 1989 giant slalom.

Highly regarded by colleagues for his cheerful character, his nickname in the white circus was "Joe-Speck." According to the legend, he had established a prospering business trading South Tyrolean speck (a cured bacon product) while competing in the World Cup. After his active racing career, he trained as a ski instructor, but mostly became a distributor of typical local food products in Vipiteno. Polig was named the 1992 South Tyrolean Athlete-of-the-Year.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Italy ITA 5
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Italy ITA 9T
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Italy ITA 1 Gold

Men's Super G

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Alpine Skiing Italy Final Standings 5 1:13.88

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Alpine Skiing Italy Final Standings 9T 2:09.45
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Alpine Skiing Italy Run 1 11 1:06.17
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Alpine Skiing Italy Run 2 10 1:03.28

Men's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Alpine Skiing Italy Final Standings 1 14.58
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Alpine Skiing Italy Downhill 6 8.26 1:45.78
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Alpine Skiing Italy Slalom 5 6.32 1:42.16
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Alpine Skiing Italy Slalom Run 1 12 51.27
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Alpine Skiing Italy Slalom Run 2 2 50.89
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