Alberto Tomba

Tomba La Bomba

Charismatic Alberto Tomba made his first Olympic appearance in 1988, winning both the giant slalom and the slalom. Four years later at the Albertville Games, he finished first again in the giant slalom to become the first Alpine skier in Olympic history to win the same event twice.

He also gained the silver medal in the slalom. In 1994, Tomba missed a gate in the giant slalom. Four days later, in the slalom, he found himself in only twelfth place after the first run. Throwing caution to the wind, he completed a tremendous second run that earned him another silver medal. Tomba was the first Alpine skier to win medals in three different Olympics and he is the first male Alpine skier to earn five career Olympic medals. In April 2000 Alberto Tomba received the Olympic Order.