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Karine Ruby

Full name: Karine Martine Ruby
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: January 4, 1978 in Bonneville, Haute-Savoie, France
Died: May 29, 2009 in Mont Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France
Affiliations: Club Sport Chamonix, Chamonix (FRA)
Country: FRA France
Sport: Snowboarding

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Karine Ruby was the first woman to win a gold medal in snowboarding at the Winter Olympics, winning the giant slalom in 1998. She became one of the great racing snowboarders ever, winning six World Championships – giant slalom in 1996 and 2001, parallel giant slalom in 2001, and boardercross in 1997, 2001, and 2003 – and dominated the sport for almost a decade. She won 67 races on the World Cup circuit, taking home 6 overall cups. In 2002, returned to the Winter Olympics to earn a silver medal in the parallel giant slalom. She switched exclusively to boardercross in 2004. In 2008 she began training to become a mountain guide. In late May 2009, near the end of her training, she was climbing on Mont Blanc, crossing a glacier on their descent, when she and a man she was tethered to fell into a crevasse and both were killed, despite rescue attempts.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1998 Winter 20 Nagano Snowboarding Women's Giant Slalom France FRA 1 Gold
2002 Winter 24 Salt Lake City Snowboarding Women's Parallel Giant Slalom France FRA 2 Silver
2006 Winter 28 Torino Snowboarding Women's Boardercross France FRA 16

Women's Parallel Giant Slalom

Games Age City Team NOC Phase Unit Rank R1 R2 T
2002 Winter 24 Salt Lake City France FRA Final Round Heat 1/2 2 +1.89
2002 Winter 24 Salt Lake City France FRA Semi-Finals Heat 2 1 Q +1.92
2002 Winter 24 Salt Lake City France FRA Quarter-Finals Heat 4 1 Q
2002 Winter 24 Salt Lake City France FRA Round One Heat 8 1 Q
2002 Winter 24 Salt Lake City France FRA Qualifying Round 2 Q 41.45

Women's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1998 Winter 20 Nagano France FRA Final Standings 1 2:17.34
1998 Winter 20 Nagano France FRA Run 1 1 1:09.33
1998 Winter 20 Nagano France FRA Run 2 6 1:08.01

Women's Boardercross

Games Age City Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
2006 Winter 28 Torino France FRA Qualifying Round 11 Q 1:31.03
2006 Winter 28 Torino France FRA Qualifying Round Run 1 20 1:42.51
2006 Winter 28 Torino France FRA Qualifying Round Run 2 9 1:31.03
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