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Jean Vuarnet

Full name: Jean Raoul Célina André Vuarnet
Gender: Male
Born: January 18, 1938 in Bardo, Tunis, Tunisia
Died: January 2, 2017 in Sallanches, Haute-Savoie, France
Affiliations: Skiclub de Morzine
Country: FRA France
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Husband of Edith Bonlieu; Brother-in-law of François Bonlieu.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Jean Vuarnet first featured internationally when he won a bronze medal in the downhill at the 1958 World Championships. He was a pioneer downhiller, as he was really the first to use a deep tucked position, emphasizing its aerodynamic advantages. In 1960, he used the position to win the gold medal in the downhill at Squaw Valley. Vuarnet also skied that year on Rossignol metal skis, and was the first skier to win a major championship using metal skis. After the Olympics, Vuarnet endorsed a brand of sunglasses that took his name, and today Vuarnet Sunglasses are among the world’s most popular brands. He also spent time as a sports administrator with the French Skiing Association from 1962-71.

In 1958, Vuarnet had married [Edith Bonlieu], who was a three-time French ski champion and competed at the 1956 Olympics. Edith Bonlieu-Vuarnet and their youngest son, Patrick, eventually joined the Order of the Solar Temple cult. In 1994-95, the cult carried out mass suicides in several Swiss villages and Edith and Patrick were among those who took their own lives.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Winter 22 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill France FRA 1 Gold

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Winter 22 Squaw Valley Alpine Skiing France Final Standings 1 2:06.0
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