Giorgio Di Centa

Giorgio Di Centa (born October 7, 1972, in Tolmezzo, Province of Udine) is an Italian 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.

Giorgio Di Centa
Giorgio Di Centa at Tour de Ski.jpg
Di Centa at the 2007 Tour de Ski in Prague.
Country Italy
Born (1972-10-07) 7 October 1972 (age 47)
Tolmezzo, Province of Udine, Italy
Ski clubC.S. Carabinieri
World Cup career
Seasons19942017
Individual wins1
Team wins7
Indiv. podiums13
Team podiums23
Indiv. starts322
Team starts59
Overall titles0 – (5th in 2008)
Discipline titles0
Updated on 14 April 2019.

BiographyEdit

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 resultsEdit

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

World Cup standingsEdit

 Season   Age  Season standings Ski Tour standings
Overall Distance Long Distance Middle Distance Sprint Nordic
Opening
Tour de
Ski
World Cup
Final
Ski Tour
Canada
1994 22 NC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1995 23 81 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1996 24 22 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1997 25 16 N/A 27 N/A 11 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1998 26 45 N/A 35 N/A 63 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1999 27 25 N/A 34 N/A 35 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2000 28 46 N/A 61 38 39 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2001 29 16 N/A N/A N/A 12 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2002 30 26 N/A N/A N/A 31 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2003 31 11 N/A N/A N/A 55 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2004 32 23 16 N/A N/A NC N/A N/A N/A N/A
2005 33 8 5 N/A N/A NC N/A N/A N/A N/A
2006 34 16 8 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2007 35 36 29 N/A N/A 80 N/A 20 N/A N/A
2008 36 5 7 N/A N/A 38 N/A 3 3 N/A
2009 37 8 13 N/A N/A 26 N/A 4 15 N/A
2010 38 10 6 N/A N/A 102 N/A 10 10 N/A
2011 39 17 16 N/A N/A 85 31 13 4 N/A
2012 40 31 27 N/A N/A 77 31 15 15 N/A
2013 41 11 14 N/A N/A 87 28 8 7 N/A
2014 42 55 52 N/A N/A NC 26 17 N/A
2015 43 104 62 N/A N/A NC 75 33 N/A N/A
2016 44 NC NC N/A N/A N/A
2017 45 NC NC N/A N/A NC DNF N/A

Individual podiumsEdit

  • 1 victory – (1 WC)
  • 13 podiums – (10 WC, 3 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 1996–97 12 January 1997   Hakuba, Japan 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
2 2000–01 28 December 2000   Engelberg, Switzerland 1.0 km Sprint C World Cup 3rd
3 2003–04 25 January 2004   Val di Fiemme, Italy 70 km Mass Start C World Cup 2nd
4 2004–05 27 November 2004   Rukatunturi, Finland 15 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
5 12 February 2005   Reit im Winkl, Germany 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
6 2005–06 11 March 2006   Oslo, Norway 50 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
7 2006–07 7 January 2007   Val di Fiemme, Italy 11 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 3rd
8 2007–08 28 December 2007
– 6 January 2008
   Tour de Ski Overall Standings World Cup 3rd
9 22 January 2008   Canmore, Canada 15 km + 15 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 2nd
10 16 March 2008   Bormio, Italy 15 km Pursuit F World Cup 3rd
11 2008–09 4 January 2009   Val di Fiemme, Italy 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 3rd
12 2009–10 5 February 2010   Canmore, Canada 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
13 2010–11 19 March 2011   Falun, Sweden 10 km + 10 km Pursuit C/F Stage World Cup 2nd

Team podiumsEdit

  • 7 victories – (2 RL, 5 TS)
  • 23 podiums – (15 RL, 8 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1  1995–96  25 February 1996   Trondheim, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Albarello / Valbusa / Fauner
2 1996–97 19 January 1997   Lahti, Finland 12 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Pozzi
3 28 February 1997   Trondheim, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Championships[1] 3rd Fauner / Piller Cottrer / Valbusa
4  1998–99  26 February 1999   Ramsau, Austria 4 × 10 km Relay M World Championships[1] 3rd Valbusa / Maj / Fauner
5 8 March 1999   Vantaa, Finland Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Zorzi
6 21 March 1999   Oslo, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 3rd Fauner / Maj / Valbusa
7  1999–00  8 December 1999   Asiago, Italy Team Sprint F World Cup 3rd Zorzi
8  2000–01  13 December 2000   Clusone, Italy 10 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Zorzi
9  2001–02  13 January 2002   Nové Město, Czech Republic 6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Zorzi
10 3 March 2002   Lahti, Finland 6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Zorzi
11 2002–03 24 November 2002   Kiruna, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Valbusa / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
12 8 December 2002   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Schwienbacher / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
13 19 January 2003   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Valbusa / Zorzi / Schwienbacher
14 26 January 2003   Oberhof, Germany 10 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Zorzi
15 14 February 2003   Asiago, Italy 10 × 1.4 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Zorzi
16 23 March 2003   Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Valbusa / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
17  2004–05  21 November 2004   Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Valbusa / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
18 12 December 2004   Val di Fiemme, Italy 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Valbusa / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
19 20 March 2005   Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Clara / Checchi / Piller Cottrer
20 2005–06 15 January 2006   Val di Fiemme, Italy 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Checchi / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
21  2006–07  4 February 2007   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Checchi / Piller Cottrer / Santus
22  2007–08  9 December 2007   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Checchi / Piller Cottrer / Zorzi
23  2010–11  6 February 2011   Rybinsk, Russia 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.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "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.

External linksEdit

Winter Olympics
Preceded by
Carolina Kostner
  Flag bearer for Italy
2010 Vancouver
Succeeded by
Armin Zöggeler