Manuela di Centa
Manuela Di Centa was born in Paluzza, in the province of Udine. Has always been closely linked to her land, Carnia, five or six mountain valleys in extreme North-Eastern Italy, a land rich in values, history and people to discover know. It was with her father, her first teacher, that at the age of four she first put on a pair of red wooden skis that her father had built and painted. Her father had a dream for her since she was a child, make her do something fantastic in sport. At nine years of age, Manuela started to compete with the enthusiasm and happiness that she would no longer abandon. It is at this age that she also won for the first time. Between 1984 and 1998, she participated in five editions of the Olympic Winter Games, winning a total of seven medals including five in Lillehammer (1994) and six World Championships winning seven medals. She was twice among the overall standings of the World Cup (1994 and 1996) and retired from racing after the Winter Games in Nagano (1998). Since 1999 she has been a member of the IOC on behalf of the athletes, and she became an honorary member in 2010. In 2003 she was the first Italian woman to climb to the top of Everest.