Young & Wild: Samuel Costa (ITA)
Samuel Costa is another of the multitalented athletes who tested out a lot of other sports before finding their way to Nordic Combined: "Before starting with ski jumping, I did alpine skiing and also freestyle! When I was bored with just ski jumping, I started with cross-country."
As his biggest influence to become a professional athlete, Samuel names mentor Romed Moroder who believed in the young Italian when nobody else did and with six solid World Cup results in the winter of 2012/13, the 20-year-old proved that we is slowly growing into a reliable athlete for his team.
"My biggest role model is Petter Northug because he is always able to go way beyond his limits in a competition!" Pretty big shoes to fill for the resident of Selva di Val Gardena who also names Bruce Lee as one of his idols due to his impressive body control. But with his teammate Alessandro Pittin, Samuel does have a young team leader at his side who knows how to develop confidence and build his skills. Surely not the worst place to grow as a young athlete!
6 questions with Samuel Costa
Favourite competition/venue and why?
My favourite competition is in Kuusamo, because of the big windy hill, the cold conditions and the fact that all Nordic disciplines are on the same week-end!
Something you've always wanted to say in an interview (...but were never allowed to)?
Right now I want to say thank you to our new team, because I enjoy every single day of training!
I couldn't live without ... (and NC does NOT count as an answer here!)
Nitrogen, Oxygen, carbon dioxide and fresh fruits
The mean question: ski jumping or cross-country skiing?
I started my career as a ski jumper, continued as a Nordic Combiner and maybe I will finish as a cross country skier. (laughs) So right now I can’t choose one of them!
When I am not training for Nordic Combined, I like to ...
I like to play the guitar and go for some adventures with my friends into the wilderness
If you had to go to a deserted island, who would you take with you and why?
I think I would take Megan Fox with me, because like in the film "Transformers" she seems to be a very adventurous girl! (laughs)
Samuel Costa Timeline
2002 National debut
2006 First FIS competition
2008 First Alpencup start
2009 First Junior World Championship start
2010 First Continental Cup start
2011 First World Championship start
2012 First World Cup start
The story so far…
6 World Cup starts
6 Junior World Championship individual starts
2 Junior World Championship team start
2 World Championship start individual starts