Thursday, February 13, 2014

Olympic skier Daniela Merighetti from Brescia

Daniela Merighetti (Wikipedia)

Daniela Merighetti (born July 5, 1981) is a World Cup alpine ski racer from northern Italy. Born in Brescia, Lombardy, she has competed in the World Cup, the Winter Olympics in 2006 and 2010, and the World Championships in 2007, 2009, and 2011.

In the 2010 Winter Olympics Merighetti competed in the woman's downhill, combined and super-G, but failed to finish.

She won her first World Cup race in 2012 at age 30, in the downhill at Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy on January 14. It was her second World Cup podium, nearly nine years after her first in 2003.


I had meant to post this earlier. I saw Daniella Merghetti compete last evening in the Alpine downhill, where she ended up just missing a bronze at number four. Julia Mancuso also came up short, although she did manage to get a bronze earlier. In the skiing especially, a fraction of a second makes all the difference. Things must go perfectly. Shaun White is probably the most talented at the snowboarding halfpipe, but one mistake is too many. Bode Miller and Shani Davis as well. There will probably be another chance in these games for most of the athletes.

I'm just sort've watching here and there, as it is sort've overwhelming. It doesn't help that the website doesn't work half the time. They usually air a major event after 10 PM, like last evening woman's halfpipe; where American Kaitlyn Farrington won the gold, which sort've makes up for the other American disappointments. There's still another eleven days. One thing I found interesting, that I hadn't really noticed before is the prominent number of Italian athletes from the South Tyrol.


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