Giorgio Di Centa

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Giorgio Di Centa
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Di Centa at the 2007 Tour de Ski in Prague.
CountryFlag of Italy.svg  Italy
Born (1972-10-07) 7 October 1972 (age 48)
Tolmezzo, Province of Udine, Italy
Ski club C.S. Carabinieri
World Cup career
Seasons 19942017
Individual wins1
Team wins7
Indiv. podiums13
Team podiums23
Indiv. starts322
Team starts59
Overall titles0 – (5th in 2008)
Discipline titles0
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.

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Biography

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. [1]

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. [1]

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. [1]

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. [1]

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.

World Cup results

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS). [2]

World Cup standings

 Season  Age Season standingsSki Tour standings
OverallDistanceLong DistanceMiddle DistanceSprintNordic
Opening
Tour de
Ski
World Cup
Final
Ski Tour
Canada
1994 22NCN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1995 2381N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1996 2422N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1997 2516N/A27N/A11N/AN/AN/AN/A
1998 2645N/A35N/A63N/AN/AN/AN/A
1999 2725N/A34N/A35N/AN/AN/AN/A
2000 2846N/A613839N/AN/AN/AN/A
2001 2916N/AN/AN/A12N/AN/AN/AN/A
2002 3026N/AN/AN/A31N/AN/AN/AN/A
2003 3111N/AN/AN/A55N/AN/AN/AN/A
2004 322316N/AN/ANCN/AN/AN/AN/A
2005 3385N/AN/ANCN/AN/AN/AN/A
2006 34168N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
2007 353629N/AN/A80N/A20N/AN/A
2008 3657N/AN/A38N/A33N/A
2009 37813N/AN/A26N/A415N/A
2010 38106N/AN/A102N/A1010N/A
2011 391716N/AN/A8531134N/A
2012 403127N/AN/A77311515N/A
2013 411114N/AN/A872887N/A
2014 425552N/AN/ANC2617N/A
2015 4310462N/AN/ANC7533N/AN/A
2016 44NCNCN/AN/AN/A
2017 45NCNCN/AN/ANCDNFN/A

Individual podiums

No.SeasonDateLocationRaceLevelPlace
1 1996–97 12 January 1997 Flag of Japan.svg Hakuba, Japan15 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
2 2000–01 28 December 2000 Flag of Switzerland.svg Engelberg, Switzerland1.0 km Sprint CWorld Cup3rd
3 2003–04 25 January 2004 Flag of Italy.svg Val di Fiemme, Italy70 km Mass Start CWorld Cup2nd
4 2004–05 27 November 2004 Flag of Finland.svg Rukatunturi, Finland15 km Individual FWorld Cup3rd
512 February 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Reit im Winkl, Germany15 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
6 2005–06 11 March 2006 Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway50 km Individual FWorld Cup2nd
7 2006–07 7 January 2007 Flag of Italy.svg Val di Fiemme, Italy11 km Pursuit FStage World Cup3rd
8 2007–08 28 December 2007
– 6 January 2008
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Flag of Italy.svg Tour de Ski Overall StandingsWorld Cup3rd
922 January 2008 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canmore, Canada15 km + 15 km Pursuit C/FWorld Cup2nd
1016 March 2008 Flag of Italy.svg Bormio, Italy15 km Pursuit FWorld Cup3rd
11 2008–09 4 January 2009 Flag of Italy.svg Val di Fiemme, Italy10 km Pursuit FStage World Cup3rd
12 2009–10 5 February 2010 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canmore, Canada15 km Individual FWorld Cup1st
13 2010–11 19 March 2011 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden10 km + 10 km Pursuit C/FStage World Cup2nd

Team podiums

No.SeasonDateLocationRaceLevelPlaceTeammate(s)
1  1995–96  25 February 1996 Flag of Norway.svg Trondheim, Norway4 × 10 km Relay C/FWorld Cup2nd Albarello / Valbusa / Fauner
2 1996–97 19 January 1997 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland12 × 1.5 km Team Sprint FWorld Cup1st Pozzi
328 February 1997 Flag of Norway.svg Trondheim, Norway4 × 10 km Relay C/FWorld Championships [1] 3rd Fauner / Piller Cottrer / Valbusa
4  1998–99  26 February 1999 Flag of Austria.svg Ramsau, Austria4 × 10 km Relay MWorld Championships [1] 3rd Valbusa / Maj / Fauner
58 March 1999 Flag of Finland.svg Vantaa, FinlandTeam Sprint FWorld Cup1st Zorzi
621 March 1999 Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway4 × 10 km Relay CWorld Cup3rd Fauner / Maj / Valbusa
7  1999–00  8 December 1999 Flag of Italy.svg Asiago, ItalyTeam Sprint FWorld Cup3rd Zorzi
8  2000–01  13 December 2000 Flag of Italy.svg Clusone, Italy10 × 1.5 km Team Sprint FWorld Cup2nd Zorzi
9  2001–02  13 January 2002 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Nové Město, Czech Republic6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint FWorld Cup2nd Zorzi
103 March 2002 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint FWorld Cup1st Zorzi
11 2002–03 24 November 2002 Flag of Sweden.svg Kiruna, Sweden4 × 10 km Relay C/FWorld Cup1st Valbusa / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
128 December 2002 Flag of Switzerland.svg Davos, Switzerland4 × 10 km Relay C/FWorld Cup2nd Schwienbacher / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
1319 January 2003 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Nové Město, Czech Republic4 × 10 km Relay C/FWorld Cup2nd Valbusa / Zorzi / Schwienbacher
1426 January 2003 Flag of Germany.svg Oberhof, Germany10 × 1.5 km Team Sprint FWorld Cup1st Zorzi
1514 February 2003 Flag of Italy.svg Asiago, Italy10 × 1.4 km Team Sprint FWorld Cup1st Zorzi
1623 March 2003 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden4 × 10 km Relay C/FWorld Cup2nd Valbusa / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
17  2004–05  21 November 2004 Flag of Sweden.svg Gällivare, Sweden4 × 10 km Relay C/FWorld Cup2nd Valbusa / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
1812 December 2004 Flag of Italy.svg Val di Fiemme, Italy4 × 10 km Relay C/FWorld Cup2nd Valbusa / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
1920 March 2005 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden4 × 10 km Relay C/FWorld Cup2nd Clara / Checchi / Piller Cottrer
20 2005–06 15 January 2006 Flag of Italy.svg Val di Fiemme, Italy4 × 10 km Relay C/FWorld Cup1st Checchi / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
21  2006–07  4 February 2007 Flag of Switzerland.svg Davos, Switzerland4 × 10 km Relay C/FWorld Cup2nd Checchi / Piller Cottrer / Santus
22  2007–08  9 December 2007 Flag of Switzerland.svg Davos, Switzerland4 × 10 km Relay C/FWorld Cup2nd Checchi / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
23  2010–11  6 February 2011 Flag of Russia.svg Rybinsk, Russia4 × 10 km Relay C/FWorld Cup2nd 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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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Giorgio Di Centa – Biografia" (in Italian). giorgiodicenta.it. Archived from the original on 4 February 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  2. "Athlete : DI CENTA Giorgio". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
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