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Olympic skier Jean-Claude Killy

L. Hartill of Boston asks, 'Whatever happened to...?'

By Jean-Marc Mojon / November 4, 1999



After Jean-Claude Killy won all three Alpine skiing events in the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble, France, he rivaled Gen. Charles de Gaulle as France's biggest hero.

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The triple-gold feat (downhill, slalom, giant slalom) has never been repeated. Mr, Killy is regarded as one of the greatest skiers and French sportsmen of all time. By 1975, he had retired from ski competition.

He then became a very successful businessman, marketing his own line of skiwear, and a major figure in the world of international sports. He served on the board of the International Skiing Federation and was chairman of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

He joined the International Olympic Committee in 1995. He is also president of the Tour de France bicycle race and another sports-event organization.

The widower and father of three now lives in Switzerland. He has been in the media lately after a doping scandal in the 1998 Tour de France and allegations of corruption in the IOC. Killy is leading an IOC group addressing reforms.

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