(born June 21
) is a retired Italian cross-country skier
who competed from 1991
and formerly skied with the C.S. Forestale club. She skied in World Cup events, and won the Women's Overall World Cup
She was sponsored by Rossignol
, and skied with Rossignol X-IUM skis for both skate and classic disciplines. Her boots were also named Rossignol X-IUM's, and the bindings are Rottefella
R3's. Her boots and bindings are of the NNN
(New Nordic Norm) system.
At the 2002 Olympics
, she was in the women's 30 km classical event, when one of her poles broke. Luckily, her coach was nearby, and she took his pole, which was too long. She kept on racing and near the end the coach came back to give her the right size pole. She caught the pack of skiers and ended up winning gold by 4.5 seconds in that race.
- The ski stadium in Tarvisio is named in her honor.