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Toni Sailer

Full name: Anton Engelbert "Toni" Sailer
Nickname(s): "Der Blitz von Kitz", Tonai
Gender: Male
Born: November 17, 1935 in Kitzbühel, Tirol, Austria
Died: August 24, 2009 in Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria
Affiliations: Kitzbüheler Ski Club, Kitzbühel (AUT)
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Brother of Rosi Sailer.

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Austria's Anton "Toni" Sailer, known as "The Blitz from Kitz", because of his hometown, was the greatest Alpine skier in Olympic history. Although his feat of winning all three Alpine events at the 1956 Winter Games was matched by Jean-Claude Killy 12 years later, Sailer's overall performance was far more impressive. He won the downhill by 3.5 seconds, the slalom by 4.0 seconds and the giant slalom by a remarkable 6.2 seconds, whereas Killy's margins of victory were much narrower. Sailer was also World Champion at Alpine combination (1956, 1958) and the downhill and slalom (1958). His career at the international level lasted only four seasons before he retired to become a hotelier and an occasional film actor and singer. A national hero, he was appointed technical director of the national Alpine team in 1972. Through 2010, he remains the only Austrian to have won three Olympic gold medals, when Felix Gottwald and Thomas Morgenstern also won their third Olympic title.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Austria AUT 1 Gold
1956 Winter 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Austria AUT 1 Gold
1956 Winter 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Austria AUT 1 Gold

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Winter 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 1 2:52.2

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Winter 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 1 3:00.1

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PT
1956 Winter 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Austria Final Standings 1 3:14.7
1956 Winter 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Austria Run 1 1 1:27.3 0:00
1956 Winter 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Austria Run 2 1 1:47.4 0:00