- 26 Feb 2006
- Olympic News
Gold medal with a special flavour
Giorgio Di Centa will be cheered by thousands Italians tonight during the Closing Ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games in a packed Olympic Stadium in Turin when he receives the gold medal of the 50km cross-country race he won earlier in the day in Pragelato. IOC President Jacques Rogge will hand the medal to the 34-year-old Italian athlete. Di Centa had already won the gold medal for Italy at the Torino 2006 Games in the cross country 4 x 10km team event.
Giorgio and Manuela Di Centa
Giorgio Di Centa is not the first Di Centa to write Olympic history. In Lillehammer in 1994, his sister, Manuela Di Centa, won medals in each of the five cross-country skiing events: gold at 15km and 30km, silver in the 5km race and the pursuit, and a bronze in the 4x5km relay. She added one more relay bronze at the 1998 Olympic Games (4x5km relay).
From Mount Everest to the Olympic Museum
Manuela Di Centa was also elected as an IOC member in 2002 until 2010, and is also a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission. At the Torino 2006 Games she was also acting as the Mayor of the Olympic Village in Turin. Di Centa also hit the headlines recently when she climbed the peaks of all continents, including Mount Everest in order to promote the Olympic values. She has donated her equipment from the Everest climb to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.