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COLOGNA Dario
COLOGNA Dario

Dario COLOGNA

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A three-time Olympic gold medallist and FIS World Cup winner, Dario Cologna is regarded as Switzerland’s greatest ever cross-country skier.

Bold beginnings

Brought up in Santa Maria Val Müstair, situated in eastern Graubünden (SUI), Dario Cologna showed an aptitude for sport early on, but settled on cross-country skiing when he was in his early teens.

By 20, he had won a bronze medal in the 10km classical at the 2006 FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Kranj (SLO) and made his FIS World Cup debut later that same year. After two seasons finding his bearings on the international stage, in the 2008-2009 season the young skier made Swiss sporting history by doing the FIS Tour de Ski and FIS World Cup ‘double’.

Victorious in Vancouver

In the autumn of 2009, while preparing for a new season, Cologna suffered a muscle tear in his right thigh that sidelined him for six weeks and forced him to concentrate exclusively on the Vancouver Games. On 15 February 2010, he triumphed in the 15km freestyle at Whistler Olympic Park, finishing ahead of Pietro Piller Cottrer (ITA) and Lukas Bauer (CZE) to become Switzerland’s first ever Olympic cross-country skiing champion.

On top of the world

Cologna subsequently topped the overall World Cup standings at the end of the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons, amassing a record points total of 2,216 during the latter campaign. Having scaled the heights of the global rankings and claimed two further Tour de Ski wins, he was named ‘Swiss Athlete of the Year’ in 2012. The following year, on 23 February 2013 in Val Di Fiemme (ITA), the cross-country specialist bagged his first FIS Nordic World Ski Championship title in the 30km skiathlon.

Overcoming the odds

Just like in 2009, Cologna was dealt a huge blow in November 2013 when he hurt his right ankle while out on his daily run. Again forced to miss the start of the World Cup season, he arrived at the Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Centre with very little competitive action under his belt. Despite this, a late burst of pace saw the talented Swiss collect gold in the skiathlon, ahead of Marcus Hellner (SWE) and Johnsrud Sundby (NOR). Five days later, he picked up a second gold medal in the 15km classical, leaving Johan Olsson (SWE) trailing in his wake.

New challenges await

After undergoing ankle surgery at the end of the 2013-2014 campaign, Cologna has his sights set on the 2015 World Championships in Falun (SWE) and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang (KOR).

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Cross-Country Skiing - Men's 15km Classic - Dario Cologna Wins Gold

In December 2017, Alexander BESSMERTNYKH of Russian Federation, competing in the Luge Men's 15km and 4x10km Relay events, in which he ranked 7th and 2nd, and for which he was awarded one silver medal, has been disqualified from the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, in 2014 by the IOC Disciplinary Commission chaired by Mr Oswald. Please note that such decision is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS).

Highlights from the Men's 15km Classic Cross-Country Skiing event as Dario Cologna wins his second gold at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

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Johan Olsson of Sweden (Silver Medalist) , Dario Cologna of Switzerland (Gold Medalist) and Daniel Richardsson of Sweden (Bronze Medalist) on the podium during the flower ceremony for the Cross Country Men's 15km Classic
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Dario Cologna of Switzerland competes in the Men's 15 km Classic
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Dario Cologna of Switzerland (Gold Medallist) and Johan Olsson (L) of Sweden (Silver Medallist) compete in the Men's 15 km Classic
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Johan Olsson (L) of Sweden (Silver Medallist) and Dario Cologna of Switzerland (Gold Medallist) compete in the Men's 15 km Classic
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Cross-Country Skiing - 15km men - Dario Cologna - Switzerland - Gold Medallist

Dario Cologna of Switzerland reacts after competing in the Men's 15 km Classic
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 1:08:15.4
    Skiing
    Skiathlon (15km + 15km) men
    G 38:29.7
    Skiing
    15km men
  • G 33:36.3
    Skiing
    15km men

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