From the archives: the best old-school racing pictures

From Tomba’s first taste of Olympic glory to Radici nailing wooden gates, Ross Green picks some of his favourite old-school racing images

1. Alberto Tomba

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Italy’s revered national icon and racing heartthrob, Tomba la Bomba, gets his first taste of Olympic glory in Calgary, 1988

2. Fausto Radici

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Fausto Radici of Italy has his game face on as he battles to win gold in the Europa Cup Slalom in 1973, back in the days of wooden gates…

3. Oswald Toetsch

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A headband-sporting Oswald Toetsch fights to stay on course, eventually bagging a career-best second place at the legendary Kitzbühel slalom in 1985

4. Tomba again

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Sir Tomba, eight years later, still winning… this time at the World Championships in Sierra Nevada!

5. Christian Gaidet

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Christian Gaidet of France looks cool and collected as he races in the Giant Slalom at the FIS World Championships in Crans Montana, 1987