Vreni Schneider Wins Double Alpine Skiing Gold - Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics by Olympic   6 years ago

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Alpine skiing highlights from the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympic Games as Swiss skier Vreni Schneider wins double Olympic gold in the slalom events.

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Vreni Schneider, the daughter of a village shoemaker in Switzerland, first competed in the Olympics in Calgary 1988. As she describes it, she was so nervous before the race that she woke up at five o'clock on the day of her first race, the giant slalom.

After her first run, Vreni Schneider was only in fifth place and need a fantastic second run to get an Olympic medal. And that she did. With an amazing run, she jumped to first place and won her first Olympic gold medal.

Two days later it was time for the slalom. Boosting with confidence from her first Olympic gold, Vreni Schneider went directly into first place already in the first run. As was characteristic in her career she took even higher risks during the second run and kept first place. She was now, double Olympic champion.

During the following season, 1988-1989, Schneider won fourteen World Cup races to set a single season record that still stands. She was injured during the Albertville 1992 Games, but came back for Lillehammer 1994, where she won gold, silver and bronze medals.

Find more about Vreni Schneider: http://www.olympic.org/vreni-schneider

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