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Alberto Tomba : biography

19 December 1966 -

Alberto Tomba (born 19 December 1966) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Italy. He was the dominant technical skier (slalom and giant slalom) in the late 1980s and 1990s. Tomba won three Olympic gold medals, two World Championships, and nine World Cup season titles; four in slalom, four in giant slalom, and one overall title. He was popularly called Tomba la Bomba ("Tomba the Bomb").

Early years

Alberto Tomba was born in Bologna and raised in Castel de Britti, a village in the municipality of San Lazzaro di Savena, — an area without strong alpine traditions, but not far from the appenninic piste of Monte Cimone and Corno alle Scale. As a child, he participated in sports like tennis, soccer, and dirt biking, but he found that his greatest passion was for skiing.

In 1984 he took part in the Junior World Championships, where a fourth-place finish won him a position on the national B team. That year, in a parallel slalom exhibition in San Siro, Milan, he surprised everyone by beating every member of the A team. After three wins on the Europa Cup circuit, Tomba made his World Cup debut in December 1985 at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, three days before his nineteenth birthday. Two months later, in Åre, Sweden, he surprised the skiing world by finishing sixth from the 62nd starting position. His first podium came the following season in Alta Badia, Italy in December 1986, and later that winter he won bronze in the giant slalom at the 1987 World Championships in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

World Cup results

Season standings

Season Age Overall Slalom GiantSlalom Super G Downhill Combined
1986 19 51 39 23 19
1987 20 15 24 9 18
1988 21 2 1 1 8
1989 22 3 2 7 7
1990 23 9 2 14
1991 24 2 6 1
1992 25 2 1 1 43
1993 26 5 2 2
1994 27 3 1 11
1995 28 1 1 1
1996 29 5 2 8
1997 30 25 5
1998 31 14 7 13

Season titles

  • 9 titles – (1 overall, 4 giant slalom, 4 slalom)
Season Discipline
1988 Giant Slalom
Slalom
1991 Giant Slalom
1992 Giant Slalom
Slalom
1994 Slalom
1995 Overall
Giant Slalom
Slalom

Race victories

  • 50 wins – (15 GS, 35 SL)
  • 88 podiums – (31 GS, 57 SL)
Season Date Location Race
1988 27 November 1987 Sestriere, Italy Slalom
29 November 1987 Giant Slalom
13 December 1987 ITA}} Alta Badia, Italy Giant Slalom
16 December 1987 ITA}} Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Slalom
20 December 1987 YUG}} Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Slalom
17 January 1988 AUT}} Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria Slalom
19 January 1988 SUI}} Saas Fee, Switzerland Giant Slalom
19 March 1988 SWE}} Åre, Sweden Slalom
22 March 1988 NOR}} Oppdal, Norway Slalom
1989 11 December 1988 ITA}} Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Slalom
1990 29 November 1989 USA}} Waterville Valley, USA Slalom
8 March 1990 NOR}} Geilo, Norway Slalom
12 March 1990 SWE}} Sälen, Sweden Slalom
1991 11 December 1990 ITA}} Sestriere, Italy Slalom
16 December 1990 ITA}} Alta Badia, Italy Giant Slalom
21 December 1990 YUG}} Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Giant Slalom
1 March 1991 NOR}} Lillehammer, Norway Giant Slalom
9 March 1991 USA}} Aspen, USA Giant Slalom
21 March 1991 USA}} Waterville Valley, USA Giant Slalom
1992 23 November 1991 Park City, USA Giant Slalom
24 November 1991 Slalom
10 December 1991 ITA}} Sestriere, Italy Slalom
15 December 1991 ITA}} Alta Badia, Italy Giant Slalom
5 January 1992 SLO}} Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Slalom
19 January 1992 AUT}} Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom
26 January 1992 SUI}} Wengen, Switzerland Slalom
20 March 1992 Crans-Montana, Switzerland Giant Slalom
22 March 1992 Slalom
1993 9 January 1993 GER}} Garmisch, Germany Slalom
1994 5 December 1993 CAN}} Stoneham, Canada Slalom
14 December 1993 ITA}} Sestriere, Italy Slalom
30 January 1994 FRA}} Chamonix, France Slalom
6 February 1994 GER}} Garmisch, Germany Slalom
1995 4 December 1994 FRA}} Tignes, France Slalom
12 December 1994 ITA}} Sestriere, Italy Slalom
20 December 1994 Lech am Arlberg, Austria Slalom
21 December 1994 Slalom
22 December 1994 ITA}} Alta Badia, Italy Giant Slalom
6 January 1995 SLO}} Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Giant Slalom
8 January 1995 GER}} Garmisch, Germany Slalom
15 January 1995 AUT}} Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom
22 January 1995 SUI}} Wengen, Switzerland Slalom
4 February 1995 SUI}} Adelboden, Switzerland Giant Slalom
18 March 1995 ITA}} Bormio, Italy Giant Slalom
1996 19 December 1995 ITA}} Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Slalom
22 December 1995 SLO}} Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Slalom
7 January 1996 AUT}} Flachau, Austria Slalom
1997 30 January 1997 AUT}} Schladming, Austria Slalom
1998 8 January 1998 AUT}} Schladming, Austria Slalom
15 March 1998 SUI}} Crans-Montana, Switzerland Slalom
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