On December 17, 1974, in the Italian village of Madonna di Campiglio, Ingemar Stenmark won his first World Cup and began a career which would see him achieve legendary status amongst Swedish sporting heroes.
His contribution to Hemavan Tärnaby cannot be underestimated. For Swedes his name is synonymous with the area and every year, visitors return to ski on the same slopes as he once did all those years ago.
Ingemar was born in Joesjö on March 18, 1956. When he was four, the family moved to Tärnaby where he began to compete at the local sports club with another boy of the same age – Stig Strand.
Possessing a winner’s instinct, it took him to the top where he remained for many years, clinching a total of 86 World Cup wins. He united the nation and, when he competed, the whole country stopped. People gathered around TV sets, wherever they were, in schools or at work, just to see him race.
Ingemar Stenmark became an icon and achieved a status that has not faded over time. His achievements speak for themselves.
- Two Olympic golds, one Olympic bronze
- Five World Championship golds, one World Championship silver, one World Championship bronze.
- 86 World Cup victories.
- Three times World Cup champion, 1976, 1977 and 1978.
He is one of only four to have won a prestigious national sports achievement award twice, the others being Anja Pärson, Björn Borg and Jan-Olov Waldner.