The purpose of the project is promoting local excellence and celebrating talent in all its forms. In 2016-2018, DiaSorin asked the Italian Federation of Paralympic Winter Sports to select talented athletes to represent Italy at the 12th Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang -South Korea- from March 9 to March 18, 2018, in the same venue of the 12th Winter Olympic Games. Italian athletes achieved important results: the Italian national team won giant slalom and slalom (2 gold), snowboard cross and super G (2 silver) and downhill (1 bronze). It was a great success if compared with the previous editions of 2014 Sochi Winter Games, where Italian athletes won no medals. For this reason, DiaSorin decided to support again this project in the 2019-2022 four-year period, along with the talented athletes that the Italian Federation of Paralympic Winter Sports has selected and trained to represent Italy in the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. In 2020, despite the pandemic, FISIP continued training in compliance with the rules applied to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic without being able to participate in national or international competitions.
Italian Federation of Paralympic Winter Sports initiative
The last Winter Paralympics (Pyeongchang 2018) saw young athletes Giacomo Bertagnolli and his guide Fabrizio Casal win four medals, of which two golds. Snowboarding gave Italy a silver in the Cross event, with Manuel Pozzerle from Verona, while Tuscan Jacopo Luchini narrowly missed the podium in two events (two 4th places). Nordic skiing is growing bit by bit thanks to the dedication of the technical staff and the hard work of all the athletes involved.
The Italian Federation of Paralympic Winter Sports is also looking ahead, and to a new sport in particular, parabob. The Italian Federation of Paralympic Winter Sports was one of the first in the world to join this new project and is hoping to be able to see Italian athletes already on the slopes at Beijing 2022, when the sport should be officially included in the paralympic program.
The strength of the Italian Federation of Paralympic Winter Sports lies in its athletes and the sports clubs that strive to recruit new members and promote winter sports reserved for people with disabilities. Sports clubs wishing to join the Italian Federation of Paralympic Winter Sports will find a list of the necessary documents on our website.