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After being elected as an IOC member, she had at Turin in 2006 the immense pleasure of presenting the 50km gold medal to her younger brother, Giorgio Di Centa. A moment when emotion spoke louder than words! In 2003, Manuela celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first successful climb of Mount Everest by becoming the first Italian woman to stand on the roof of the world. And in 2006, she was elected to parliament, where she worked to create sports programmes for Italian schools.