UYNer through and through: the Italian team backs fashion and performance from their country. As an Italian brand for functional underwear, UYN knows what its athletes need. Elegance and performance belong together. The World Cup team consists of 17 women and 14 men. Including Olympic champions, world champion runner-ups and speed legends. We introduce the five hottest contenders for a podium position in the 2018/19 Alpine Skiing World Cup.
The strengths of the South Tyrolean Dominik Paris lie in the fast downhill and super-G disciplines as well as the super combined. The 29-year-old achieved his first successes at a young age, until he experienced a slump in performance as a teenager. At the age of 18 he moved to a mountain pasture in Switzerland where he worked as a shepherd for 100 days in the summer. He recharged his batteries there in order to tackle his skiing career properly. Paris joined the World Cup team in 2008. This was followed by qualification for the Vancouver Olympics. Paris experienced his breakthrough in 2012/2013: he had his first win at a World Cup in Bormio, claimed victory on the downhill run in Kitzbühel and picked up a silver medal at the World Championships in Schladming. He also ranked third in the overall World Cup standings in the downhill. Since his World Cup début in 2008, he has won a total of nine World Cup victories in the downhill and super-G.
South Tyrolean Christof Innerhofer’s special disciplines are downhill and super-G. The 33-year-old celebrated his greatest success so far at the 2011 World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where he won the gold medal in the super-G by a considerable time lead and also won the silver medal in the super combined and bronze medal in the downhill. Innerhofer celebrate his World Cup debut in 2006. Two years later, he won his first World Cup race – the downhill on the Pista Stelvio in Bormio. He has skied to six World Cup victories in the downhill, super-G and super combined to date. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, he won the silver medal in the downhill and the bronze medal in the super combined. With two Olympic medals in the bag, Innerhofer was named "Sportsman of the Year 2013" in South Tyrol on his return from Sochi. He was born prematurely and had his crucial growth spurt late in life.
South Tyrolean ski racer Peter Fill is mainly successful in the fast downhill and super-G disciplines and in the combined. In 2009 he was runner-up in the super-G and in 2011 he won bronze in the super combined at the World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The 2015/16 season was his most successful one so far: he won the downhill World Cup. He was able to repeat this success the following season. He is the first Italian ever to win the downhill World Cup. In addition, the 36-year-old claimed victory in the Combined World Cup in 2017/2018. In January 2016, he surprisingly won the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel. The race, which was overshadowed by several serious falls, was stopped after start number 30, but still counted in the rankings. Fill had a serious crash on this downhill run in January 2013 when he raced into the fence coming out of the steep slope at high speed and somersaulted backwards. Fill is the nephew of Norbert Rier, the singer in the Kastelruther Spatzen music group. The song “Wieder mal a super Zeit” (Another great time again) is dedicated to Fill. Peter Fill is married and has two sons.
Milan's Federica Brignone has won four World Cup races in her stronger discipline, the slalom. Federica Brignone is particularly successful in the giant slalom and super-G. The 28-year-old won a World Cup silver medal in giant slalom in 2011 and an Olympic bronze medal in the 2018 giant slalom in Pyeongchang. Since her World Cup début in 2007, she has also won a total of eight victories in the super-G, giant slalom and the combined. She was runner-up in the combined 2016/2017 World Cup. Together with Sofia Goggia and Nadia Fanchini, Federica Brignone provided the first Italian triple success in a downhill race in Bad Kleinkirchheim in 2018. The Italian skier is trying to raise the public’s awareness for marine pollution and highlight the value of water as a limited and not infinite resource with the "Traittorie Liquide" environmental project. Brignone was runner-up in the opening race of the 2018/2019 season in Sölden.
The Italian ski racer Sofia Goggia is successful in several disciplines. So far, the 26-year-old has achieved World Cup victories in downhill and super-G, in addition to podium positions in giant slalom and combined. Her greatest success is the gold medal in the downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. Making her the first Italian female Olympic champion in this discipline. She had to prematurely drop out of the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 season due to knee problems. She has five victories in the downhill and super-G under her belt since her World Cup début in 2011. In the 2017/2018 season, she came top in the downhill World Cup with a three point lead on Lindsey Vonn. Sofia Goggia was named Italy's Sportswoman of the Year 2017 by the La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper. She broke her ankle in a fall during training in autumn 2018 and missed the start of the Ski World Cup season in Sölden in October. A comeback is expected in January 2019.