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Jean-Claude Killy


1943 Born August 30, in St-Cloud, France
1945 Moves to Val d'Isere with his family
1946 Learns to ski at age three
1950 Killy's mother, Madeleine, leaves the family
1957 Killy's father remarries
1958 Drops out of high school
1960 Chosen for French national ski team
1960-61 Wins slalom, giant slalom, downhill, and combined gold medals at French junior championships
1961 Wins first international race, a giant slalom, at Val d'Isere
1962 Misses world championships because of a broken leg
1962 Serves in Algeria with French Army
1962 Competes, but earns no medals in Olympics
1966 Wins downhill and combined at world championships
1966-67 Wins 23 of 30 races, including the World Cup overall title
1967-68 Experiences a slump, winning only one of six World Cup races
1968 Wins gold medals in downhill, giant slalom, and slalom at the Grenoble Olympics
1968-77 Travels widely, promoting products; races cars; stars in a film, and launches other ventures
1972 Meets Daniele Gaubert
1973 Marries Gaubert
1977 Founds Veleda, a ski apparel company
1981 Becomes involved with COJO
1986 Albertville, France wins bid for 1992 Winter Olympics
1987 Becomes co-president of COJO but resigns shortly afterward
1987 Gaubert dies of cancer
1988 Returns to COJO as co-president
1992 Helps oversee 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville
1995-present Member of the International Olympic Committee

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