The 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Ambassador celebrates the 30th anniversary of his first World Cup victory on Olympia delle Tofane. A further opportunity to celebrate the great return of the men’s World Cup races to Cortina on the occasion of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals 2020.
Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), 31st January 2020 – 1990-2020: thirty years have already passed since Kristian Ghedina, the ebullient Cortina 2021 Ambassador, won his first World Cup race in his home town, Cortina d’Ampezzo, during the last edition of the men’s World Cup held on the slopes of Tofane.
It was February 3, 1990 and the visibility was poor at times. Kristian Ghedina, just 20 years old, excited the crowd by speeding down the course on Olympia delle Tofane and crossing the finish line with a time of 1:34.39. The Swiss Daniel Mahrer finished only 0.16 seconds behind him. After this victory, Ghedo’s career took off very quickly and in the following seasons he achieved great results. He was the winningest Italian downhill skier for years — only Dominik Paris was able to beat his record during the current season.
Ghedina is a true Italian ski legend who had an incredible sports career and thrilled ski enthusiasts from all over the world. Son of Adriana Dipol, the first female ski instructor in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Kristian claimed his first World Cup podium in 1989 by finishing third in the Val Gardena/Gröden Downhill on the Saslong, the same slope where he then won four times in his career. The following year, after winning in Cortina, he managed to claim another win in Åre, Sweden.
In the 1990s, Ghedo was the top downhiller of Italjet, the legendary Italian speed team. Season after season, “Kristian d’Ampezzo” earned many more podiums and medals, becoming the first Italian skier to win the Hahnenkamm race on the Streif slope in Kitzbühel in 1998 and the SuperG in Kvitfjell, Norway in 2000. Ghedo retired in 2006 as one of the greatest skiers of all time, with 33 podiums, 13 World Cup wins, 3 World Championship medals, and a record of 167 World Cup downhill races.
Kristian Ghedina is the perfect person to ‘support’ Cortina on the road to the next FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. He is the Cortina 2021 Ambassador, and since 2016 he has been committed to promote the World Championships dream worldwide, participating in many initiatives together with the organising committee and in a lot of communication projects and digital and live activities with the fans and the ski clubs.
Our Kristian is gearing up for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals, the spectacular sports event scheduled from 18th to 22nd March in the Queen of the Dolomites, which will welcome back the men’s World Cup after 30 years. Ghedo is the exceptional motivator of Fondazione Cortina 2021 and is ready to enjoy many ski experiences with fans and ski lovers.
Do you want to live the thrill of the World Cup Finals at the foot of Tofane and enjoy two races with the best male and female athletes in the world on the same day? Buy now the tickets for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals 2020 here.