Ingemar Stenmark and Hanni Wenzel were the highlights in Alpine Skiing in the 1980 Winter Games. Stenmark won the giant slalom and the slalom. In both races, he was behind on the first run but came back sensationally on the second. Wenzel did the same in the women’s races, making her nation, Liechtenstein, the smallest country to produce an Olympic champion.
Ingemar Stenmark is widely regarded as the most successful Alpine skier of all time.
At the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games, Stenmark won a bronze medal in the giant slalom.
Two years later, Stenmark won 13 World Cup races during the 1978-1979 season, a feat no man has ever equaled.
But the high point of his career was his double gold win at the Lake Placid Games in 1980.
After a poor first run in the giant slalom, held over two days, Stenmark lay in third place behind Andreas Wenzel and Yugoslavia’s Bojan Krizaj.
The following day he pulled out all the stops in his second run and took gold by more than a second.
Three days later Stenmarkpulled out a lightning-fast and unbeatable second run in the Slalom to claim gold.
‘The Silent Swede’ is one of only four men to win both slalom events at a single Winter Games.
To guarantee that all events took place in the best possible conditions, a snowmaking system was used to produce artificial snow, the first time this had been done at the Olympic Games.