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Honore Bonnet, legendary French coach

Passing Date: 
Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Honore Bonnet lived to be 85

Legendary coach trained the great French teams of the '60s..

PRA-LOUP, France -- Honore Bonnet, the fireplug tough guy who led the French team from 1959 to 1968,  retired after Jean-Claude Killy's triple victory at the Grenoble Olympics.

In addition to Killy, Bonnet's champions included Jean Vuarnet, Charles Bozon, Emile Viollat, Guy Perillat, Leo Lacroix, Francois Bonlieu, Georges Maudit, Louis Jaufret, Marielle and Christine Goitschel, Annie Famose, Florence Steurer and Isabelle Mir. There were 17 Olympic medals and 21 World Championship medals during his reign -- 16 gold medals in all.

In addition, his racers won seven discipline World Cups and two overall World Cups in the first two years of the Cup circuit. --SM 

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