2010 Italian squad announced
The FISI (The Italian Federation of Winter Sports) have named their squads for next season with some interesting changes to the 2008/09 season.
The most notable change regards Max Blardone, the 29-year-old giant slalom specialist, who will be training with his own private team next season in the hope of grabbing a medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in February.
Blardone will pay for his own trainer and coach for the entire winter although he may receive some help from the Fiamme Gialle team throughout the season.
The rest of the Men's team will be led by the usual Claudio Ravetto and the coaching staff will include the Frenchman Jacques Theolier, who was so successful with the young French team, as head coach of the slalom squad.
Some surprises also regarding the ladies team with the exclusion of Karen Putzer, Giulia Gianesini, Daniela Ceccarelli, Verena Stuffer, Lucia Recchia and Lucia Mazzotti from the first team. All except Gianesini, who is the Italian GS champion and will be inserted in the team during the summer training camp in South American in August or September, will have to combine their training with their military divisions in order to be ready come the start of the 2009/10 season in October.
Karen Putzer, winner of eight World Cup races and a bronze medal winner at the 2002 Salt Lake City games in superG, is the biggest omission although she will automatically called up for the opening race of the season in Soelden, Austria.
Much Maier still leads the coaching squad and will be regularly flanked by Stefano Costazza and Christian Thoma for the technical team and by Alberto Ghidoni for the speed team.
The leading squads for both men and ladies are as follows:
BLARDONE Massimiliano 1979 G.S FIAMME GIALLE
DEVILLE Cristian 1982 G.S FIAMME GIALLE
FILL Peter 1982 C.S. CARABINIERI
HEEL Werner 1982 G.S FIAMME GIALLE
INNERHOFER Christof 1984 G.S FIAMME GIALLE
MOELGG Manfred 1982 G.S FIAMME GIALLE
PLONER Alexander 1978 C.S. CARABINIERI
RAZZOLI Giuliano 1984 C.S. ESERCITO
ROCCA Giorgio 1975 C.S CARABINIERI
SIMONCELLI Davide 1979 G.S. FIAMME ORO
STAUDACHER Patrick 1980 C.S. CARABINIERI
THALER Patrick 1978 C.S. CARABINIERO
THANEI Stefan 1981 G.S. FORESTALE
ALFIERI Camilla 1985 C.S. ESERCITO
COSTAZZA Chiara 1984 G.S. FIAMME ORO
CURTONI Irene 1985 C.S. ESERCITO
GIUS Nicole 1980 C.S ESERCITO
KARBON Denise 1980 G.S. FIAMME GIALLE
MOELGG Manuela 1983 G.S. FIAMME GIALLE
FANCHINI Elena 1985 G.S. FIAMME GIALLE
FANCHINI Nadia 1986 G.S. FIAMME GIALLE
MERIGHETTI Daniela 1981 G.S. FIAMME GIALLE
SCHNARF Johanna 1984 G.S. FIAMME GIALLE
STORPAES Wendy 1985 G.S. FIAMME ORO