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Mirko Vuillermin

Full name: Mirko Vuillermin
Gender: Male
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: August 2, 1973 in Aosta, Aosta, Italy
Affiliations: Frecce Rossonere Aosta
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

A strong 500 m skater, Vuillermin was known for his tactic to take off at high speed, hoping he would not get caught before the finish line. This helped him break the 500 m world record at the 1993 World Championships, but failed to earn him the title. At the 1994 Olympics, he seemed to be headed for the gold, but was pipped at the line by Chae Ji-Hun. But Vuillermin would still return home from the Games with a gold, which he won in the relay along with Maurizio Carnino, Orazio Fagone and Hugo Herrnhof. Vuillermin would go on to collect the relay world title in 1996 (adding to four silver and three bronze medals won at the Worlds), having already won the 1993 World Team Championships (with 4 additional medals won between 1992 and 1997). His other successes came at the then newly established European Championships in 1997, where he won the 500 m and 1,500 m, and placed 3rd overall. Sadly, his career ended on 20 June 1997. Just weeks after his team mate Orazio Fagone lost a leg in a motorcycle accident, Vuillermin nearly suffered the same fate. He crashed his motorcycle into a truck, suffering severe injuries. It took him a year and a half to recover, but he would never again ice skate competitively.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay Italy ITA 8
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Italy ITA 2 Silver
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Italy ITA 21
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay Italy ITA 1 Gold

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PTS
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 2
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy Final Round A Final 2 43.47
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy Semi-Finals Heat One 1 Q/OR 43.58 5
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 Q 43.85 3
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy Round One Heat Six 1 Q/OR 44.29 5

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT T
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 21 2 1:33.51
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy Round One Heat One 3 2 1:33.51

Men's 5,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Final Standings 8
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Semi-Finals Heat Two 4
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Round One Heat Two 2
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Final Round B Final 4
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Final Standings 1
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Final Round A Final 1
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Semi-Finals Heat One 1