Ingemar Stenmark is one of the greatest Alpine skiers ever. Between 1974 and 1989 he won a record 86 World Cup races, an amazing 36 more than the next best, Alberto Tomba. In addition, he holds the record for wins in a season, 13 in 1979, and won two gold medals in the 1980 Olympics. Stenmark was purely a technical skier, excelling in the slalom and giant slalom events but never won a downhill. Despite this, he was overall World Cup Champion three times (1976-1978).

Stenmark was born in Tärnaby, Sweden, 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle. He retired in 1989, and now lives in Monte Carlo.