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Alberto Tomba

Still Going Strong

After a disappointing performance in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics—no golds, and only one silver—Tomba had another phenomenal season in 1994-95. For over a year, starting on January 16, 1994, he was undefeated in slalom events. As in his early years, some of his victories were so lopsided as to be almost comical. He won one slalom race, early in 1995, by nearly two full seconds. There was more distance between Tomba and the runner-up than there was between the runner-up and the thirteenth-place finisher. In another race, on December 22, 1994, Tomba slid to a halt midway down the course, realigned himself, finished the course, and still won. This season, for the first time in his career, Tomba won the overall World Cup title, as well as the slalom and giant slalom titles.

Awards and Accomplishments

Retired in 1998 with fifty World Cup wins (thirty-five in slalom and fifteen in giant slalom)
1988 Olympic gold medals in slalom and giant slalom
1988, 1992, 1994-95 World Cup champion, slalom 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995 World Cup champion, giant slalom
1992 Olympic gold medal in giant slalom
1995 World Cup champion, overall
1996 World Championships gold medals in slalom and giant slalom

Where Is He Now?

Although he is now retired, Tomba has not disappeared from the spotlight. In 2000 he fulfilled a long-time aspiration of becoming an actor, starring in an Italian made-for-TV action movie called Alex l'ariete ("Alex the Ram"). He participates in ski events to benefit various local youth skiing programs and is an active sponsor of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). In 1996, Tomba signed a multi-year deal to be the major promoter for the Vail ski area and built a home near Vail, in Avon, Colorado. Tomba is also involved in business ventures that include selling his own fragrance, Indecente, and promoting a fairy-tale book written by his younger sister, Alessia.

Some in the media noted a mellowing of Tomba, at least in his personal life, in the 1994-95 season. At the

Alberto Tomba

bottom of the hill in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, in January of 1995, instead of making an outrageous self-congratulatory remark of the type he was known for when he was twenty-one, Tomba instead dedicated his win in the giant slalom that day to the victims of the war going on in Bosnia, a few hundred miles to the southeast. Reportedly, he became less of a womanizer as well, and started looking more seriously for someone to settle down with. He was engaged to a former Miss Italy for a time, although they broke up after a semi-nude photograph of her was run in a magazine.

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