|Giorgio Di Centa|
Di Centa at the 2007 Tour de Ski in Prague.
|Born||7 October 1972|
Tolmezzo, Province of Udine, Italy
|Ski club||C.S. Carabinieri|
|World Cup career|
|Overall titles||0 – (5th in 2008)|
|Updated on 14 April 2019.|
Giorgio Di Centa (born October 7, 1972, in Tolmezzo, Province of Udine) is an Italian former cross-country skier who won two gold medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics, including the individual 50 km freestyle race. He is the younger brother of Olympic gold medalist, cross-country skier Manuela Di Centa.
Di Centa began cross county skiing very early in a family in which his elder brother Andrea was also a professional skier. At the age of 16 he became a member of Italy's junior team while also skiing for the Carabinieri sport team. He became a member of Italy's senior team in 1995. He finished 8th in the 30 km event at the 1998 Winter Olympics.
After a silver medal at the 2005 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in the double pursuit and a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in the 4 x 10 km. Di Centa, who had never won an individual race in the cross country skiing World Cup, arrived in great shape for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He would finish a disappointing fourth in the 30 km double pursuit, losing a medal at the finish to fellow Italian Pietro Piller Cottrer. The two were also key players in the strongest Italian relay team ever, winning gold in the 4 x 10 km race.
Di Centa's greatest victory was in the 50 km race where he defeated Russian Eugeni Dementiev by 0.8 seconds, the closest 50 km event in Olympic history, eclipsing Thomas Wassberg's 4.9 second victory over Gunde Svan (both Sweden) at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. The medals ceremony for the 50 km occurred during the Closing Ceremony where Di Centa's sister, Olympic medalist Manuela Di Centa, presented him with the gold medal. He won a bronze medal in the 15 km + 15 km double pursuit at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec.
For the 2010 Winter Olympics, a picture of Di Centa in competition during the 50 km event at the previous Olympics was used as a pictogram for the cross-country skiing events. In September 2009, it was announced that Di Centa was named flagbearer for the opening ceremony for the 2010 Games.
He retired on March 1, 2015 at the age of 42 after the end of the 50 km at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2015.
In December 20, 2015, he returned to the World Cup race in the 15 km classic in Toblach, Italy.
All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).
|Season||Age||Season standings||Ski Tour standings|
|Overall||Distance||Long Distance||Middle Distance||Sprint||Nordic|
|1||1996–97||12 January 1997||15 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|2||2000–01||28 December 2000||1.0 km Sprint C||World Cup||3rd|
|3||2003–04||25 January 2004||70 km Mass Start C||World Cup||2nd|
|4||2004–05||27 November 2004||15 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|5||12 February 2005||15 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|6||2005–06||11 March 2006||50 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|7||2006–07||7 January 2007||11 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|8||2007–08||28 December 2007|
– 6 January 2008
|Overall Standings||World Cup||3rd|
|9||22 January 2008||15 km + 15 km Pursuit C/F||World Cup||2nd|
|10||16 March 2008||15 km Pursuit F||World Cup||3rd|
|11||2008–09||4 January 2009||10 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|12||2009–10||5 February 2010||15 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|13||2010–11||19 March 2011||10 km + 10 km Pursuit C/F||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|1||1995–96||25 February 1996||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Albarello / Valbusa / Fauner|
|2||1996–97||19 January 1997||12 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F||World Cup||1st||Pozzi|
|3||28 February 1997||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Championships ||3rd||Fauner / Piller Cottrer / Valbusa|
|4||1998–99||26 February 1999||4 × 10 km Relay M||World Championships ||3rd||Valbusa / Maj / Fauner|
|5||8 March 1999||Team Sprint F||World Cup||1st||Zorzi|
|6||21 March 1999||4 × 10 km Relay C||World Cup||3rd||Fauner / Maj / Valbusa|
|7||1999–00||8 December 1999||Team Sprint F||World Cup||3rd||Zorzi|
|8||2000–01||13 December 2000||10 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F||World Cup||2nd||Zorzi|
|9||2001–02||13 January 2002||6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F||World Cup||2nd||Zorzi|
|10||3 March 2002||6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F||World Cup||1st||Zorzi|
|11||2002–03||24 November 2002||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Valbusa / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi|
|12||8 December 2002||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Schwienbacher / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi|
|13||19 January 2003||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Valbusa / Zorzi / Schwienbacher|
|14||26 January 2003||10 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F||World Cup||1st||Zorzi|
|15||14 February 2003||10 × 1.4 km Team Sprint F||World Cup||1st||Zorzi|
|16||23 March 2003||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Valbusa / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi|
|17||2004–05||21 November 2004||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Valbusa / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi|
|18||12 December 2004||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Valbusa / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi|
|19||20 March 2005||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Clara / Checchi / Piller Cottrer|
|20||2005–06||15 January 2006||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Checchi / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi|
|21||2006–07||4 February 2007||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Checchi / Piller Cottrer / Santus|
|22||2007–08||9 December 2007||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Checchi / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi|
|23||2010–11||6 February 2011||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Checchi / Clara / Piller Cottrer|
Note:1 Until the 1999 World Championships, World Championship races were included in the World Cup scoring system.
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