SAILER Toni (1935) Austria / Alpine skiing
This living legend of Alpine skiing was, before Jean Claude Killy, the first to win three gold medals in the same games; he did this at the Cortina games in 1956. He managed his hat trick at the age of twenty-one. He was so much better than his rivals in downhill racing that he was only beaten twice between 1955 and 1958.He was even better at the slalom, and indeed was never beaten. In the Cortina games he finished this event six seconds ahead of the silver medallist.His amateur career ended there. He then turned professional and did not take part in the Squaw Valley games.