Manfred Moelgg (born June 3, 1982 in Brunico, Italy) is an Italian alpine skier. Moelgg competes in both technical disciplines and has been a regular member of the Italian National Team since 2000-2001 season. He debuted in the Alpine Skiing circus in January 2003 at Bormio and earned his first WC points in the same season, finishing 5th in the Slalom event at Madonna di Campiglio. Also known as 'Manni' on the tour, Moelgg stepped on the podium for the first time in January 2004, finishing runner-up on the treacherous 'Planai' track in Schladming, his favourite resort. Since 2006-2007 season he came out as a first class competitor in GS and SL. In the World Championships held in Are, Sweden, in 2007 he won the silver medal in slalom, beaten only by Austria's Mario Matt.
He dominated the second-half of the 2007-2008 season, collecting three podiums. Moelgg finally broke his duck in the SL on the Slovenian course of Kranjska Gora having previously never won a race. He was 25 and it had been a long time coming.
He then stormed on to win the World Cup in the Slalom speciality by a mere 19 points overtaking French talent Jean-Baptiste Grange right at the death. 'Manni' celebrated a triumphant day in Bormio at the finals, pulling off an incredible feat on the last race of the season where his sixth place was enough to guarantee him the globe in what was surely one of the most nerve racking finales seen in recent years.
It was also a particularly special day for the Italian team as Denise Karbon was also crowned World Cup winner in the GS.
The switch to Rossignol the following season, though, proved to less successful than he had hoped. He wasn't able to defend his slalom crown as expected and only managed the one victory in Garmisch. He finished sixth overall in the slalom standing come March and also failed to finish the slalom race in the World Championships in Val d'Isère on what was a truely demanding slope.
Moelgg is a nature-lover who loves cycling and was the pacesetter of the mountain time trial of 2008 Giro d'Italia staged in Plan de Corones. His sister Manuela also competes in the World Cup with excellent results in the GS discipline.
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