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Alberto Tomba

Tomba, Alberto (älbĕrˈtō tômˈbä) [key], 1966–, Italian skier. The winner of five Olympic medals, including golds for giant slalom (1988, 1992) and slalom (1988), and silvers for slalom (1992, 1994), Tomba became the first champion of the new World Cup circuit in 1995. Before retiring in 1998 to pursue an acting career, "La Bomba" (for his flamboyance on and off the slopes) won 50 World Cup events, and was seldom out of the news.

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