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Top ski racer to train in Aspen

Aspen Times Staff Report

Italian ski racing star Deborah Compagnoni is coming to Aspen.

Compagnoni, the World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist, is coming to Aspen next week for training in preparation for the World Alpine Championships in Vail.

The Italian racing legend is scheduled to train at Aspen Mountain Feb. 2-8. She tentatively is set to arrive in Aspen on Feb. 1.

The World Alpine Championships run from Feb. 1-14 at Vail and Beaver Creek.

According to Beatrice Maresi of Aspen, who coordinated the training visit for Compagnoni with the Aspen Skiing Co., the Italian racer and her entourage will use Aspen Mountain as a training site.

Tino Pietrogiovanna, her personal coach, will be on hand to lead her preparations for the Alpine Championships.

Her visit will include a special training venue on Spring Pitch down to Lift 1-A on Aspen Mountain, according to Maresi. The training hill will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon on her training days.

However, arrangements are under way for a viewing area for spectators to watch the Italian great train.

According to Maresi, Compagnoni and her staff selected Aspen as a training site because it is known as a place where celebrity athletes can enjoy their privacy. Aspen also has a rich tradition of international ski racing, dating to the 1950 FIS Championships, she added.

In addition, Maresi said, Compagnoni has a fondness for the area because years ago, when she was just starting her racing career, she won a NorAm event at Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs.

Compagnoni’s coach also has ties to the Aspen Valley Ski Club after working with the club coaches in Italy.


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