10 Famous Olympic Skiers

The 10 most famous Olympic skiers all made a name for themselves on the slopes but gained a good chunk of publicity for their moves away from the snow.

  1. Lindsey Vonn. The face of America at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, Vonn fought off a nasty shin injury to win gold in the downhill and bronze in the super-G. Vonn quickly became America's golden girl after she posed for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue before the Games. Her blonde locks and toned body makes her one of the most famous Olympic skiers on and off the course.
  2. Julia Mancuso. Vonn's chief rival since childhood, Mancuso stole a bit of the spotlight from her teammate in Vancouver after taking silver in the downhill and combined. She also took gold in the giant slalom in Torino in 2006. Mancuso became one of the most famous Olympic skiers, though, for her rapport off the slopes. She flat out claimed her and Vonn tolerate each other but are far from friends and didn't shy away from Internet photos of her groping friends in their bikinis.
  3. Picabo Street. This American alpine racer dominated on the World Cup circuit and also won a silver and gold at the 1994 and '98 Games, respectively. She was one of the first American skiers to ink a major sponsorship deal when she signed with Chap Stick in the mid-90s.
  4. Tommy Moe. This crowd-pleaser became the first American male skier to win two medals in a single Games when he won gold in the downhill an silver in the super-G at the 1994 Games. Moe's boisterous celebrations and in-your-face interactions with crowds at the bottom of the hill makes him one of the most famous Olympic skiers.
  5. Alberto Tomba. This Italian alpine skier dominated the sport for nearly a decade, winning two golds (slalom, giant slalom) in 1988 in Calgary and another gold (giant slalom) in '92 in Albertville. Although his technical merit certainly makes him one of the most famous Olympic skiers ever, so does his courage. Toma once asked out German hottie Katarina Witt.
  6. Hermann Maier. The Hermanator won four Olympic medals, including two gold during his career. The Austrians breed fine alpine skiers but Maier may have been the most physically gifted. He missed the 2002 Games after a nasty leg injury that almost called for amputation, but bounced back in '06 taking silver and bronze in the super-G and giant slalom, respectively.
  7. Jean-Claude Killy. This Frenchman won all three alpine gold medals at the 1968 games, as well as the first two World Cup titles. Killy was virtually unbeatable in the late '60s. When it comes to pure skill, Kill is considered one of the most famous skiers ever.
  8. Benjamin Raich. Mr. Consistency, Raich is the latest in a long line of Austrian alpine greats. He improved on two bronze medals at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake city by striking gold twice in '06 (slalom, giant slalom).
  9. Jonny Moseley. The first Puerto Rican to suit up for the U.S. ski team, Moseley won gold in the moguls at the 1998 Games in Nagano. Moseley's boyish charm and model looks led to a stint as host of MTV's reality show "Real World/Road Rules Challenge." His easy transition from skier to broadcaster has made him one of the most famous Olympic skiers.
  10. Bjørn Dæhlie. This Norwegian cross-country skier holds the record for most Olympic gold medals with eight. Dæhlie won gold medals at three different Olympic Games from 1992-98.  After retirement, he went on to become a TV host in his home country and a model businessman.

 

 

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