FIS would like to express its deepest condolences to the friends and family of former Spanish Olympic Alpine racer Blanca Fernández Ochoa, 56, who passed away on a hiking expedition in her native Spain.
In 1992 at the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville (FRA) she won the bronze medal in slalom, writing history as the first, and still, the only Spanish woman to win an Olympic medal. Her brother Francisco won the only other Olympic skiing medal for the nation, taking the gold in slalom at the 1972 Games.
Blanca additionally won four FIS World Cup competitions during her career that also included 20 World Cup podium finishes.
The Fernández Ochoa skiing family also included Dolores and Luis both of whom competed for the Spanish Team at the Olympic level. After his reitrement from active skiing, Francisco later served as a member of the FIS Council from before he passed away 13 years ago as a result of cancer.
Blanca's death was reported after a 12-day search conducted by hundreds of people in the Sierra de Guardarrame, where she was reported missing by her family after going for a hike. Her body was found near the 1945 m high Le Penota summit according to local media sources.