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simone origone

Speed Skiing

“I am lucky enough to have done many things in my life,
so it is hard to say which was the most
amazing experience... The first time I saved someone's life
as a rescuer, the fantastic 2014 expedition up K2,
or my first world record in 2006”.

About me

I am a speed skier
I was born in Aosta in 1979
I live in Champoluc in the Aosta Valley

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My sport

Speed skiing is a branch of skiing that involves going down a slope with a steep gradient and attempting to reach the highest speed possible. The speed is measured at the bottom of the slope across a timed 100 m stretch. Speed skiing is the fastest non-motorised sport on Earth.

“When competing I am almost always in control of what I'm doing, and this is essential. When I lose control it is because I have made a mistake or because something has gone wrong. You would be mad to enjoy losing control when skiing at over 120 mph! When I am climbing mountains, meanwhile, I try to have everything under control and to be as alert as possible. Unfortunately you cannot control nature or the unexpected”.

My victories

I am the most successful athlete in the history of speed skiing; I have won more world cups in a single specialism than anyone else in the skiing world (nine times between 2004 and 2016), 5 gold medals and a silver medal at the World Championships, and three consecutive world records in 2006, 2014 and 2015. I was the unbeaten world record holder for 10 years, the second longest period in the history of our sport. My current speed is 252.987 km/h.

5

gold medals at the World Championships

10

years, unbeaten world record holder

My schedule

I am training for next year's World Cup and World Championships, and aim to set a new record.

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