Jean-Claude Killy

Born Aug 30, 1943

Jean-Claude Killy is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from France. Born in Saint-Cloud, Hauts-de-Seine, he dominated the sport in the late 1960s. He was a triple Olympic champion, winning the three alpine events at the 1968 Winter Olympics, becoming the most successful athlete there. He also won the first two World Cup titles, in 1967 and 1968.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born on August 30, 1943.
1945 1 Year Old Killy was born in Saint-Cloud, a suburb of Paris, during the German occupation of World War II, but was brought up in Val-d'Isère in the Alps, where his family had relocated in 1945 following the war. … Read More
1950 6 Years Old In 1950, his mother Madeline abandoned the family for another man, leaving Robert to raise Jean-Claude, age 7, his older sister (France), and their infant brother (Mic). … Read More


1961 17 Years Old In December 1961, at age 18, Killy won his first international race, a giant slalom. … Read More
The French coach picked Killy for the giant slalom in the 1962 World Championships in Chamonix, France, 50 miles (80 km) away in the shadow of Mont Blanc. … Read More


1964 20 Years Old Two years later, at age 20, Killy was entered in all three of the men's events at the 1964 Olympics, because his coach wanted to prepare him for 1968.
1966 22 Years Old Although the first half of the decade was a relative disappointment, Killy began to strongly improve his results afterwards to become one of the best technical ski racers. In August 1966, the Frenchman, nicknamed 'Toutoune' by some of his colleagues and friends, scored his first win in a downhill race against an international field at the 1966 World Championships in Portillo, Chile, and also took gold in the combined.
Killy was peaking as the first World Cup season was launched in January 1967, with the 1968 Winter Olympics in France only a year away. ^ Results from the 1968 Winter Olympics (and 1970 World Championships) were included in the World Cup standings.
…  He was a triple Olympic champion, winning the three alpine events at the 1968 Winter Olympics, becoming the most successful athlete there. … Read More
1970 26 Years Old In television advertisements, Killy promoted the American Express card. He also became a spokesman for Schwinn bicycles, United Airlines, and Chevrolet automobiles; the latter, a role detailed by journalist Hunter S. Thompson in his 1970 article "The Temptations of Jean-Claude Killy" for Scanlan's Monthly.
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Killy starred as a ski instructor in the 1972 crime movie Snow Job, released in the UK as The Ski Raiders, and US TV as The Great Ski Caper. … Read More
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After a spirited challenge from two-time defending champion Spider Sabich, Killy won the 1973 season title, taking $28,625 in race winnings and a $40,000 bonus for the championship.


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He missed the next season, won by Hugo Nindl, due to a recurring stomach ailment, then returned in the fall of 1974. … Read More
1977 33 Years Old From 1977 to 1994, he was a member of the Executive board of the Alpine Skiing Committee of the FIS.
1983 39 Years Old Killy played himself in the 1983 movie Copper Mountain: A Club Med Experience, starring Jim Carrey and Alan Thicke, set at Copper Mountain, Colorado.


1992 48 Years Old Killy served as co-president of the 1992 Winter Olympics, held in Albertville, France, and as the President of the Société du Tour de France cycling race between 1992 and 2001.


1995 51 Years Old From 1995 to 2014 he was a member of the International Olympic Committee and chaired the coordination committee for Turin 2006 and Sochi 2014. … Read More
2000 56 Years Old Killy became Grand Officer of the Légion d'honneur in 2000. … Read More
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