Peter Fill

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Peter Fill
— Alpine skier —
Peter Fill Hinterstoder 2011.jpg
Disciplines Downhill, super-G, combined
Club Ski club C.S. Carabinieri
Born (1982-11-12) 12 November 1982 (age 31)
Brixen, South Tyrol, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
World Cup debut 7 March 2002
(age 19)
Website peter-fill.com
Olympics
Teams 2 (2006, 2010)
World Championships
Teams 6 (200313)
Medals 2
World Cup
Seasons 13th – (200214)
Wins 1 – (1 DH)
Podiums 11 – (6 DH, 3 SG, 2 SC)

Peter Fill (born 12 November 1982 in Brixen, South Tyrol) is an Italian alpine skier.

Career[edit]

Fill is an all-round skier. In the 2006/2007 season he was the first Italian athlete since Alberto Tomba to be among the leaders of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.

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.[1]

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 Fill's strengths are the downhill and super-G, he is also competitive in the technical disciplines. On 13 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, Fill achieved great results, reaching the podium 7 times: 4 times in downhill and twice in super-G, unfortunately without winning any of these competitions.

On March 21, 2007 he became Italian Champion in multiple disciplines (twice in super-G and once in giant slalom), bringing his career total of national championships to 3.

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 29 November 2008 in Lake Louise (Canada) he won his first World Cup competition, beating Swiss Carlo Janka and Swede Hans Olsson, becoming the seventh Italian in World Cup history to win a downhill competition.

On 4 February 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. Fill 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.[2]

Curiosities[3][edit]

Personal background[edit]

He is the son of Alois and Luzia and has two sisters, Bettina and Sara. Fill'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.[4] 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.

Sports News[edit]

Peter Fill at the Fis Ski World Cup Val Gardena-Gröden 2013 – 46th Saslong Classic in Gröden

Since 2007 his manager has been Andreas Goller,[5] who in the past looked after Kristian Ghedina's business.[6]

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 Åre (Sweden) on 11 March 2009.[7]

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
2002 19 114 33
2003 20 65 28 34 45
2004 21 40 44 16 33 15
2005 22 30 36 30 19 8
2006 23 16 50 33 8 14 6
2007 24 6 25 9 4 7
2008 25 26 36 27 14 10
2009 26 10 31 10 9 8
2010 27 104 38
2011 28 21 19 17 9
2012 29 35 25 22 17
2013 30 38 17 24 21
2014[8] 31 15 10 12 7

Race podiums[edit]

  • 1 win – (1 DH)
  • 11 podiums – (6 DH, 3 SG, 2 SC)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
2006 13 Jan 2006 Wengen, Switzerland Super combined 3rd
20 Jan 2006 Kitzbühel, Austria Super-G 2nd
15 Mar 2006 Are, Sweden Downhill 3rd
2007 25 Nov 2006 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill 3rd
20 Dec 2006 Hinterstoder, Austria Super-G 2nd
29 Dec 2006 Bormio, Italy Downhill 2nd
13 Jan 2007 Wengen, Switzerland Downhill 3rd
2009 29 Nov 2008 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill 1st
16 Jan 2009 Wengen, Switzerland Super combined 2nd
2014 6 Dec 2013 Beaver Creek, USA Downhill 3rd
7 Dec 2013 Super-G 3rd

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://archiviostorico.gazzetta.it/1999/febbraio/27/DOMINIO_FILL_ga_0_9902279264.shtml
  2. ^ http://www.peter-fill.com/14-e_221257.ski,r_23813.htm
  3. ^ http://www.peter-fill.com/3-PETER.htm
  4. ^ http://www.peter-fill.com/13-e_222777.ski,r_23965.htm
  5. ^ http://www.peter-fill.com/14-e_218059.ski,r_23341.htm
  6. ^ http://www.ghedina.com/news.en.php?e=106523&r=11293&oi=
  7. ^ http://www.peter-fill.com/2-e_222331.ski,r_23938.htm
  8. ^ "Cup standings". Fédération Internationale de Ski. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Peter Fill at Wikimedia Commons