|— Alpine ski racer —|
Giant slalom, Slalom,
|Club||Ski club C.S. Carabinieri|
November 12, 1982 |
|World Cup debut||March 7, 2002
World Cup victories
|2009||November 29, 2008||Lake Louise, Canada||Downhill|
He learned to ski at the age of 3 with the help of his first teacher Frieda Senoner. Fill achieved his first successes during his middle-school years, while he was coached by Peter Thomaseth.
In 1997/98 he joined the Seiser Alm training center, where he was coached by his uncle Arnold. In the same year he joined the B-Pool of the Bolzano-Bozen ski team (coached by Sepp Steinwandter). One year later he advanced to the A-Pool under Stephan Feichter.
In 1999 he had great success, winning every discipline at the National Junior Championships: he returned home with 4 Gold Medals and was called "the phenomenon" by the Italian press.
In 2000, Fill joined the national team for the first time. His coach was Ernst Pfeifhofer, who continued as his coach for the following year in the Italian B-Team. At the same time he became a member of the Carabinieri sportsgroup.
In 2001, as a junior, he achieved his first important success on an international level, a bronze medal in the Super-G at the Alpine Ski World Championship.
In 2002/03 he was part of the A-Team of Flavio Roda for the first time. In February 2002 Fill won the World Juniors and, as a result, took part in his first Super-G race of Ski World Cup on 7 March 2002 at Altenmarkt in Austria, where he placed an impressive 12th outpacing the Norwegian Lasse Kjus by one hundredth of a second. While Peter's strengths are the downhill and Super-G, he is also competitive in the technical disciplines. On the 13th of January 2006 he stood 3rd on the Ski World Cup podium of the Super-Combined race in Wengen (Switzerland).
During the 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 seasons, Peter achieved great results, reaching the podium 7 times: 4 times in downhill and twice in Super-G, unfortunately without winning any of these competitions.
During the 2007/2008 season he was unable to reach the podium but managed to place in the top ten 10 on six occasions. On November 29, 2008 in Lake Louise (Canada) he won his first World Cup competition, beating the Swiss Carlo Janka and the Swede Hans Olsson, becoming the seventh Italian in World Cup history to win a downhill competition.
On February 4, 2009, he won the silver medal in Super-G during the World Championships in Val d'Isère (France) on the icy and steep slope Face del Bellevarde. He managed to place himself before the three-time World Champion Aksel Lund Svindal, but was not fast enough to beat the Swiss Didier Cuche. His medal was the only one won by the Azzurri in the men's competitions. Celebrations were organized in his hometown of Kastelruth congratulate him on his excellent result. Peter was picked up at his home and brought by horse to the town's square, where he joined up with the mayor, his uncle Norbert Rier (leader of the folk music group the Kastelruther Spatzen), his family and fans.
He is the son of Alois and Luzia and has two sisters, Bettina and Sara. Peter's cousin is the famous Giant Slalom Champion and fellow Kastelruther Denise Karbon. After junior high school he started working as an auto body mechanic while attending a vocational school, which he left after becoming more involved in Alpine skiing competitions. His mother tongue is German but he is also fluent in Italian and English. His idol in everyday life is his uncle Norbert Rier, leader of the Kastelruther Spatzen (well-known folk group, especially in German speaking countries) who dedicated the song "Wiedermal a super Zeit" to Fill for the silver medal achieved in FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Val d'Isère. His hobbies include soccer, golf, ice-hockey, mountain biking and fast luxurious sport sedans. His favorite movie is The Matrix, while his favorite book is Lance Armstrong's autobiography It's not about the bike. He also enjoys listening to the German singer Xavier Naidoo and supports the Juventus football team.
His ski man is the well-known South-Tyrolean Sepp Kuppelwieser (who was Kjetil André Aamodt's ski man for ten years, the skier who won the most medals in alpine ski history). His favorite slope is the Lauberhorn in Wengen (Switzerland). His sports idol is Lasse Kjus.
During the 2008/09 season Atomic, Briko, Finstral and Leki, as official sponsor and suppliers, decided to reward Fill for his excellent results achieved during the season, offering him the chance to win the Artega GT sport car if he were to capture the downhill at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup finals in Are on March 11, 2009.
Ski, Boots, bindings: Atomic
Helmet, ski-goggles: Briko
Gloves, ski poles: Leki