Skiing, Alberto Tomba: twenty years ago the Cup and a party ever
18 March 1995 the skier blue wins in the finals in Bormio and bring the trophy in Italy twenty years later Thoeni: 40,000 danced into the night
That day there were 40,000 people in Bormio. The small parterre full, thousands of people on either side of the track climbing the snow, others in the bar behind the tribunes and in the country. Everyone expected him, the Cup raised to the sky, waiting for the last twenty years of triumph Gustavo Thoeni. Nobody like Alberto Tomba has been able to unleash the enthusiasm of the people, with that way of being unpredictable, genuine, funny, playful.
Yes, Alberto gave happiness. Finals of the World Cup in Valtellina, March 18, 1995. A fantastic season, a ride that began with a refusal. In December, with two wins already in his pocket in the slalom in Sestriere and Tignes, Val d’Isere giant in the Bolognese is eighth after the first run. But the track, the Oreiller Killy, he does not like, too flat, little selective. And then November 30 ’89 on that same track had broken his collarbone in one of the last super-G starts. Waiver of the second run, makes the suitcase and left for Lech, Austria. The staff remains baffled.
RIDE – Thoeni, the head coach asks him why: “Leave Gustavo, here sucks, there are three games in a week, I win the next three.” Having said that, in Lech dominates the two slalom, the second with incredible stunt that avoids leaving the track. The third day is the giant in Alta Badia. And ‘the beginning of an incredible ride, 10 wins including 9 consecutive. The tenth, in Adelboden giant, Robert Brunner gives him the “tables of the law,” in which two pieces of polystyrene are etched all the hits. But there is the World Cup to be won. “It was not easy – he says Tomb – because the rules Fis, as had happened with Stenmark, favored the multipurpose and combined. In short, for them I could not win, “But with so many victories, everything is possible. The conquest arithmetic should have taken place in Japan, Furano. An expedition carefully prepared, but ended up with zero points in the standings, with two outlets in slalom and giant slalom. “I had a pleasure to the Japanese who are always my fans.”
BORMIO – remained the finals. At home, in Bormio. “They were beautiful days, even if I had to live in the convent.” About half the mountain, at Ciuk, hotel Da Mario. “But there also felt the warmth of the people. Many knew that I was there, the restaurant in the evening was always full, I tried. ” Yes, it is true, even if Alberto and staff were obliged to dine in a room to have a little peace of mind. On 18 March 1995, the giant, sold out. Alberto row like a train, only a small uncertainty Feilet, the final wall, but first, the Cup is his. Twenty years later Thoeni, his last master. “For me, have always been the most important World Cup and Olympics and stage wins, but that victory made me feel really full.” People went crazy, until late at night through the streets of Bormio felt praise to Alberto.
GIFT – But the head of the tomb was already elsewhere: “I wanted to show people really knew how to ski.” Because what is admired in the races of the World Cup was only eighty percent of the potential of the sample. Skied with a safety margin monstrous (see recovery in the second slalom in Lech), only in training came to 100 or 110 percent. A few passages in which he was always chasing the limit. “Because that’s what you have to train,” he says. There was before the slalom, the specialty that an Incredible Hulk Tomb knew how to turn into a ballet. He tried, but put on the second door. Unbelievable. Emotion? Too much desire to do? “I do not know how it went.” But Albert did not forget its fans. He went back to the hotel, took off his suit, put on shorts, t-shirt and bandana, all yellow, and went down before the second race at the side of the track giving high five to thousands of fans.
CRYSTAL BALL – Season over, here are the awards. The Crystal Ball raised to heaven, even three, with the cups and giant slalom. A moment of fear when the thousands of people on to the track began to run toward the finish line not to lose the scene. A human avalanche. And what does Tomb? Lancia crystal ball (14 kg) to his staff. The fitness coach Giorgio D’Urbano grabs instinctively. Dad Franco Tomba, somewhat removed from the podium in danger of heart attack. “It took twenty years to conquer it and wants to send her to pieces. That’s crazy, “he whispers. But that’s Tomb.
The WORLD – One thing does not go down to the Bolognese, the cancellation of the World Sierra Nevada, in Andalusia, due to lack of snow. “I was in a remarkable condition and I turned the boxes,” he confesses. Yes, the world title, the only success that was missing the incredible palmares. But it was only a matter of time. One year after the Sierra Nevada is ready. But it is not an easy trip to the Tomb: to welcome him there are protests of the Spaniards after a newspaper in Italy had put in his mouth to Alberto: “Let’s go for the World Cup in Africa.” All hell broke loose. “I was misrepresented and manipulated.” But it took only a few corners to win back the Spaniards: gold in giant slalom and slalom. Alberto had conquered everything and March 15, 1998, after winning the slalom of the Cup finals in Crans Montana, in the parterre threw himself face in the snow and wept. “Goodbye world of skiing.” He left with a win. Why? “I was stressed out, a pressure terrible that I could not handle.” Regrets? “A year later, maybe I’d be back, I ran the slalom at the World Cup of 1999 in Vail and then back in the cup, a career that could have shut the World Championships in St. Moritz in 2003 after the Games of Salt Lake City. But the rules were against me, I would have started in slalom with the number 100. ”
The TODAY – One wonders what he could do this Tomba ski current. “In slalom I started with skiing long 2:05, then 2:03 and then 2:01. Now between the narrow doors you go with 1.65. Mah. For the set I had on skis I could do well. Look Razzoli: to Kraniska is the best ever and I think that with that position on the skis you face … the result. ” And ‘Giuliano his heir? “Hirscher is strong, but I found myself in front of three generations of opponents, by Stenmark, a Zurbriggen and Girardelli, until Kosir. Razzoli? We must believe and can beat him. “