Jean-Claude Killy
French skier
Jean-Claude Killy
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.
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Snow Summit ski school at Big Bear turns out more confident skiers
LATimes - about 2 years
Back when I first went skiing in college, taking a lesson seemed unnecessary. Just channel Jean-Claude Killy, the Olympic champion who was on TV all the time when I was a kid. That worked out fine for the 20 times I've skied since — until last weekend, when I heard Ho Ming Lu, 48, of...
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Ashley Wagner, Figure Skater, Speaks Out On Russia's Anti-Gay Law
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PARK CITY, Utah — Bode Miller felt no need to measure his words when asked about Russia's anti-gay law. "`I think it's absolutely embarrassing that there's countries and there's people who are that intolerant and that ignorant," he said Monday, one of the few athletes willing to take a stand on the subject at the U.S. Olympic media summit featuring Sochi hopefuls. `But it's not the first time," Miller said. "We've been dealing with human-rights issues probably since there were humans." At 35 and with five Olympic medals to his credit, Miller is trying for his fifth Winter Games. He has, over the years, built a reputation as an unconventional firebrand, unafraid to state his opinion on sports, skiing or society in general. He said the Russian law puts athletes in an awkward position. "I think it's unfortunate when they get stuffed together because there are politics in sports and athletics," Miller said. "They always are intertwined, even though people try to keep them separate o ...
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Russia defends antigay law in letter to IOC
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
The IOC received a letter from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak giving reassurances the host country will comply fully with the Olympic Charter's provision against discrimination of any kind. The letter still leaves open the question of what would happen to Olympic athletes or fans if they make statements or gestures that could be considered propaganda. The letter was addressed to Jean Claude-Killy, the French IOC member who heads the coordination commission for the Sochi Games.
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Russian Critic: 'Corruption, Fraud, Sloppiness' Ahead Of Sochi Games
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MOSCOW -- Russian officials and businessmen have stolen billions of dollars during the years of preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, a prominent Russian opposition figure claimed Thursday. Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister-turned-Kremlin critic, and an associate said in a report released Thursday that up to $30 billion was stolen in the run-up to the games in the southern Russian city. Russia had originally announced in 2007 that the 2014 games would cost about $12 billion. Within six years, that estimate went up to $51 billion, making Sochi the most expensive Olympics in history, winter or summer. In contrast, the 2012 London Summer Olympics cost $14.3 billion. Nemtsov arrived at the figure of $30 billion by comparing the initial cost estimate of the games with the final $51-billion price tag and with typical cost overruns at previous Olympics. He also compared the per-seat cost of Sochi's Olympic stadium with stadiums at previo ...
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News: Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games taking shape
Breaking Travel News - over 4 years
The eighth visit of the International Olympic Committee coordination commission to Sochi has concluded with chairman Jean-Claude Killy praising the local organisers of for the notable progress they have made. During the three-day visit, the commission paid visits to a number of the future Olympic venues, including the sliding centre, ski jump facility, cross country/biathlon area and the coastal cluster.
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Monday Memo -- IOC Visits Sochi; Olympic Park Megamall Opens - Around the Rings (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Chernyshenko also reveals that several more sponsorships will be signed at this week's Sochi Investment Forum, which follows the three-day inspection visit led by French IOC member Jean-Claude Killy. For a complete preview of the Co-Comm visit running
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Rolex Oysters Navigate Swiss Franc Crisis With Help From Federer, Domingo - Bloomberg
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Although Rolex's first official Testimonies were 1960s sports superstars Arnold Palmer, Jackie Stewart and Jean-Claude Killy, Bioul says Wilsdorf started the program in 1927, when he asked Mercedes Gleitze to wear a Rolex during her swim of the English
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Russian Olympics Organizers Ready for IOC Inspectors - Around the Rings (subscription)
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Chernyshenko also reveals that several more sponsorships will be signed at next week's Sochi Investment Forum, which follows the three-day inspection visit led by French IOC member Jean-Claude Killy. Each tier three deal could be worth up to $30
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Winter Olympic Games Update - Sochi 2014, PyeongChang 2018 - GamesBids.com
Google News - over 5 years
Most of the venues are to host international events at the beginning of 2012, and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy was confident that the athletes would be impressed, following a recent visit to
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On this date - Lehighvalleylive.com
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Olympic gold medal skier Jean-Claude Killy is 68. Actress Peggy Lipton is 64. Comedian Lewis Black is 63. Actor Timothy Bottoms is 60. Actress Cameron Diaz is 39. Tennis player Andy Roddick is 29. The sun sets 7:37 pm today, rises 6:27 am Wednesday
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Sochi Drive - The Voice of Russia
Google News - over 5 years
The IOC Coordination Commission Chairman “Sochi-2014” Jean-Claude Killy, who visited the construction sites of a number of Olympic facilities some days ago, said that the team, which supervises the preparations for the Sochi Olympics, should be praised
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IOC commission praises Sochi's preparations for Olympics - The Voice of Russia
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The head of the International Olympic Committee's Coordination Commission Jean-Claude Killy has ended his inspection visit to the Russian resort city of Sochi, which, in 2014, will host the Winter Olympic Games. Mr. Killy is satisfied with what has
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Top men's champions in Alpine Ski World Cup competition - Yahoo! Sports
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Contributor Network Feb 2, 2:39 pm EST The first men's FIS (International Ski Federation) Alpine Ski World Cup champion was Jean-Claude Killy of France. In 1967, Killy won 12 of the 18 races on the schedule, which at the time included only Slalom,
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Champions de légende sur France inter, avec Jacques Vendroux. - Le Blog TV News (Blog)
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... Raymond Poulidor, Sébastien Loeb, Jean-Claude Bouttier, Marielle Goitschel, Zinedine Zidane, Eric Tabarly, Serge Blanco, Jean-François Lamour, Marie-José Perec, Laure Manaudou, Jean-Claude Killy, Jeannie Longo, David Douillet et Bernard Hinault
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Reise ins Gedächtnis der Spiele - donaukurier.de
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Pele, Jean-Claude Killy, Alberto Tomba, Eddy Merckx, Leroy Burrell, Mark Spitz, Alexander Popow, Michel Platini, Roger Federer, Steffi Graf waren bereits hier, und natürlich Katharina Witt, die Taufpatin des Museums. Von Gerd Treffer
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Tuesday Talk -- Russian Olympics Chief on 2014 Preparations, Medal Hopes - Around the Rings (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Jean-Claude Killy is the IOC's chief inspector for 2014. He's keeping an eye on Sochi alongside Olympic Games executive director Gilbert Felli. (Sochi 2014) ATR: As far as Sochi, what is the biggest problem or thing that you worry about most being
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jean-Claude Killy
    FIFTIES
  • 2000
    Age 56
    Killy became Grand Officer of the Légion d'honneur in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Intrawest credits Killy with the design of a ski trail, "Cupp Run," at their Snowshoe resort in West Virginia.
  • 1995
    Age 51
    From 1995 to 2014 he was a member of the International Olympic Committee and chaired the coordination committee for Turin 2006 and Sochi 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He has been an Honorary Member since then. The ski area of Val d'Isère and Tignes in the French Alps was given the name l'Espace Killy, in his honor.
  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 48
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 39
    Killy played himself in the 1983 movie Copper Mountain: A Club Med Experience, starring Jim Carrey and Alan Thicke, set at Copper Mountain, Colorado.
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  • 1977
    Age 33
    From 1977 to 1994, he was a member of the Executive board of the Alpine Skiing Committee of the FIS.
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  • 1974
    Age 30
    In 1974 Killy, as part of this sponsorship deal was paid to ski down the previously unskied eastern slope of Mt Ngauruhoe (Peter Jackson's "Mt Doom") in New Zealand.
    More Details Hide Details The average slope on this side of the active volcano is 35 degrees. Radar recorded his speed at over, and it took two takes, as cloud cover spoiled the first.
    He missed the next season, won by Hugo Nindl, due to a recurring stomach ailment, then returned in the fall of 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Injuries slowed him and he finished well out of the 1975 standings, won by Hank Kashiwa. In addition to trying his skill as a car racer, Killy made two television series. One, The Killy Style, was a thirteen-week series that showcased various ski resorts, and the other, The Killy Challenge, featured him racing against celebrities, who were all given handicaps. He was also sponsored by a champagne company, Moët & Chandon, which paid him to be seen with a bottle of their champagne on his table everywhere he went.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 29
    From 1973 to 1987, he was married to French actress Danielle Gaubert, until her death from cancer.
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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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  • 1972
    Age 28
    In November 1972, Killy came out of ski racing retirement at age 29 to compete on the pro circuit in the U.S. for two seasons.
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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.
    More Details Hide Details American children in the early 1970s knew Killy from a TV commercial where he introduces himself, his thick accent making his name into "Chocolate Kitty."
  • 1970
    Age 26
    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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  • 1968
    Age 24
    Gaubert and Trujillo were divorced in 1968 and later that year she met Killy.
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    After racing on Dynamic VR17 and Rossignol skis during the part of his career when he was dominant, Killy signed a deal with Head Skis in the fall 1968 to endorse a metal and fiberglass ski named for him, the Killy 800.
    More Details Hide Details Head, which was acquired by AMF the following year, manufactured a line of Killy skis for at least two years.
    In May 1968, Killy signed with International Management Group, the sports management firm headed by Mark McCormack.
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    He retired following the 1968 season, and moved to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1969. From 1948 through 1980, the Winter Olympics were also the World Championships for alpine skiing. At the World Championships from 1954 through 1980, the combined was a "paper race" using the results of the three events (DH, GS, SL).
    More Details Hide Details 1962: injured
    With the Olympic events included (for the only time) in the World Cup standings, Killy easily defended his title in 1968 as the overall champion, placing first in the giant slalom and second in the downhill and slalom season standings.
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    The following year, Killy won the Triple Crown of Alpine Skiing with a sweep of all three Olympic gold medals (downhill, giant slalom, and slalom) in controversial circumstances at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France.
    More Details Hide Details By finishing first in all races, he also captured the FIS world championship title in the combined event. Killy wasn't just faster than the other skiers, he was smarter. Electrical timing by Omega was accurate to one-hundredth of a second. The starting official counted aloud, "3-2-1-Go" and the skier's boot moved forward to push a pivoting rod aside and start the timer. Everyone knew that the closer they got to the bar, the less distance they would travel. Killy, however, relied on enormous upper-body strength and outwitted his opponents. Rather than crowd as close as possible to the bar, Killy knew that he was allowed a 6-second window to push it aside. When the official began counting, he could trip the lever any time he chose from the beginning of the "3-" call and up to 3 seconds after the "Go" signal. Therefore, he rose backward, raised his body completely off the ground with his arms and poles, pulled his feet backwards, and propelled himself forward. Instead of beginning from a standing start right at the bar, as everyone else did, he hit the bar while already moving forward, giving himself a slight edge. This spectacular start certainly helped him to beat his teammate Guy Perillat by a few hundredths in the Olympic downhill despite ruining the wax covering the base of his skis moving over a plate of icy snow an hour prior to his start.
    He was a triple Olympic champion, winning the three alpine events at the 1968 Winter Olympics, becoming the most successful athlete there.
    More Details Hide Details He also won the first two World Cup titles, in 1967 and 1968.
  • 1967
    Age 23
    In team with fellow Frenchman Bernard Cahier, Killy was 7th overall in the 1967 Targa-Florio in a Porsche 911 S and first in the GT classification.
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    Jean-Claude Killy also had a short career as a racing driver between 1967 and 1970, participating in several car races including at Monza.
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    Killy was the first World Cup champion in 1967, winning 12 of 17 races to easily take the overall title.
    More Details Hide Details He also won the season standings in each of the three "Classic" alpine disciplines; he won all five of the downhill races and four of the five giant slalom races.
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 22
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 20
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 18
    Unfortunately, Killy was plagued by recurrences of amoebic dysentery and hepatitis, ailments that he had contracted in 1962 during a summer of compulsory service with the French Army in Algeria.
    More Details Hide Details His form was definitely off, and he fell a few yards after the start of the downhill, lost a binding in the slalom, and finished fifth in the giant slalom, in which he had been the heavy favorite. Yet a few weeks later, he dominated a giant slalom race at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in Bavaria, counting for the prestigious Arlberg-Kandahar events, the oldest 'Classic' in the sport. A year later, he also triumphed at another major competition, the slalom of the Hahnenkamm races at Kitzbühel that he clinched three times in a row until 1967.
    Unfortunately, his other leg was broken, and he watched the 1962 World Championships on crutches.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details But Killy, unaware of his selection, was still attempting to qualify for the downhill event in northeastern Italy at Cortina d'Ampezzo. Only three weeks before the world championships, he skied in his typical reckless style. About two hundred yards (180 m) from the finish, Killy hit a stretch of ice in a compression and went down, rose immediately, then crossed the finish on just one ski—and the fastest time.
  • 1961
    Age 17
    In December 1961, at age 18, Killy won his first international race, a giant slalom.
    More Details Hide Details The event took place in his home village of Val-d'Isere. Killy had started 39th, a position that should have been a severe disadvantage.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Age 6
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Jean-Claude was sent to boarding school in Chambéry, down the valley, but he despised being shut up in a classroom. Killy turned his attention to skiing rather than school. His father allowed him to drop out at age 15, and he made the French national junior team a year later. As a young racer, Killy was fast, but did not usually complete his races, and the early 1960s were not entirely successful for him.
  • 1945
    Age 1
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His father, Robert, was a former Spitfire pilot for the Free French, and opened a ski shop in the Savoie village, and would later operate a hotel.
  • 1943
    Born
    Born on August 30, 1943.
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