Alpine skiing, Winter Olympics: all the gold of Italy. Alberto Tomba, Deborah Compagnoni and Gustavo Thoeni with three titles each

Alpine skiing is the discipline in which Italy has won more medals, and more gold, at the Winter Olympics. In history, Italy has won 32 medals, of which 15 gold, in particular between the end of the 70s and that of the 90s. Italy, in the all time medal table, is fifth behind Austria, Switzerland, France and the USA and ahead of Germany with a gold medal.

In the masculine, the pioneer was Zeno Colò, who in 1952 conquered the gold in descent, the only one in the fastest discipline ever conquered by a blue athlete. The giant, in the masculine, is the most prolific race: three are the medals of the most precious metal conquered in the history of Italy, with Alberto Tomba dictating the law. There are two golds won by the Emilian champion, who won in the editions of Calgary 1988 and Albertville 1992. In addition to him, the giant gave a joy to Italy in 1972, when Sapporo was Gustavo Thoeni to graduate Olympic champion.

The native of San Lazzaro di Savena has three Olympic titles on the bulletin board: the double in the Canadian Calgary event arrived with gold among the tight piles, a discipline in which Italy can also count the victories of Piero Gros in Innsbruck 1976 and Giuliano Razzoli in Vancouver 2010, the last metal medal of the most prestigious conquered by the Azzurri in a Winter Olympics. Then there are three men’s golds combined: Gustavo Thoeni won two between Sapporo 1972 and Innsbruck 1976, while Josef Polig graduated in 1992 in Albertville.

For women, Deborah Compagnoni is the blue athlete with more triumphs. Three are the golds collected in the career by the champion of Bormio, won in giant slalom at Lillehammer 1994 and Nagano 1998 and in super-G at Albertville 1992. In this last discipline came the last female triumph for Italy, with Daniela Ceccarelli in Salt Lake City 2002. Among the narrow piles, however, is only one success in the blue history: it is that of Paoletta Magoni in Sarajevo 1984.