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Paquito Ochoa, 56
1972 Olympic slalom champ died Nov. 6
Francisco Fernandez “Paquito” Ochoa, 1972 Olympic
slalom champion at Sapporo, died Nov. 6 after a long battle with cancer.
He was 56.
Ochoa, the only Spanish winter gold medalist, remained active in the Spanish
Olympic movement, and his funeral, at his home town of Cercedilla, near
Madrid, was attended by dozens of top Spanish athletes and sports officials.
sister Blanca Fernandez Ochoa won the slalom bronze in 1992, at Albertville.
Ochoa was able to make a final public appearance in late October, when
the Princesses Cristina and Elena unveiled a statue of him. Ochoa had
coached King Juan Carlos in skiing.
His sister Blanca was the second when she took bronze in the slalom at
the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France.
Before beating Gustavo Thoeni at Sapporo, Ochoa’s previous top finish
had been a sixth place in a World Cup race. Third place in that race was
Gustav’s cousin Rolando Thoeni. Ochoa went on to win a slalom bronze
in the 1974 World Championships, behind Thoeni and David Zwilling, and
finished that season with a World Cup victory at Zakopane – edging
Thoeni for the last time.
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