Pietro Piller Cottrer

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Piller Cottrer at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Pietro Piller Cottrer (born 20 December 1974) is an Italian former cross-country skier who won gold medal in the 4 x 10 km relay at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He was born at Sappada, province of Belluno.

Piller Cottrer's first relevant success in the cross-country skiing world cup came in 1997, when he won the 50 km race at the Holmenkollen ski festival. In the same year he won the bronze medal with the Italian relay at the world championships in Trondheim. Thanks to Piller Cottrer's presence, the Italian relay confirmed as one of the best in the world winning silver medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics and, better, to gold medal in the home Olympics of Turin. He also won an Olympic bronze medal in the 15 + 15 km pursuit.

His successes include a World Championship gold medal in the 15 km freestyle pursuit at Oberstdorf (2005), and a total of seven victories in the World Cup. The latest in Vancouver 2009.

Piller Cottrer won a bronze medal in the 15 km + 15 km double pursuit at the 2007 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Piller Cottrer skied a 34:00.9 in the 15 km freestyle event and won the silver medal. In February 2013, Piller Cottrer announced his retirement.

Career highlights[edit]

Olympic Winter Games
1998 - Nagano, 16th, 50km freestyle
2002 - Salt Lake City, 4th, 30km freestyle mass start
2002 - Salt Lake City, 6th, 2x10km pursuit
2002 - Salt Lake City, 2nd, 2nd, 4x10km relay (with Maj / Di Centa / Zorzi)
2006 - Torino, 3rd, 3rd, 2x15km pursuit
2006 - Torino, 5th, 50km freestyle
2006 - Torino, 1st, 1st, 4x10km relay (with Valbusa / Di Centa / Zorzi)
2010 - Vancouver, 2nd, 2nd, 15 km freestyle
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
1995 - Thunder Bay, 38th, 30km classic
1997 - Trondheim, 3rd 3rd, 4x10km relay (with Di Centa / Fauner / Valbusa)
2001 - Lahti, 9th, 2x10km pursuit
2001 - Lahti, 8th, 50km freestyle
2003 - Val di Fiemme, 9th, 2x10km pursuit
2003 - Val di Fiemme, 10th, 4x10km relay (with Maj / Valbusa / Zorzi)
2003 - Val di Fiemme, 14th, 50km freestyle
2005 - Oberstdorf, 1st 1st, 15km freestyle
2005 - Oberstdorf, 20th, 2x15km pursuit
2005 - Oberstdorf, 4th, 4x10km relay (with Di Centa / Valbusa / Zorzi)
2007 - Sapporo, 3rd 3rd, 2x15km pursuit
2007 - Sapporo, 9th, 15km freestyle
World Cup
1997 - Oslo, 1st 1st, 50km freestyle
2000 - Trondheim, 3rd 3rd, 10km freestyle
2000 - Falun, 3rd 3rd, 15km freestyle
2001 - Borlänge, 2nd 2nd, 10km freestyle
2001 - Kuopio, 2nd 2nd, 60km freestyle
2002 - Oslo, 3rd 3rd, 50km freestyle
2002 - Kiruna, 2nd 2nd, 10km freestyle
2002 - Kiruna, 1st 1st, 4x10km relay (with Di Centa / Valbusa / Zorzi)
2002 - Kuusamo, 3rd 3rd, mixed relay (with Paruzzi / F. Valbusa / S. Valbusa)
2002 - Davos, 2nd 2nd, 4x10km relay (with Di Centa / Schwienbacher / Zorzi)
2003 - Lahti, 3rd 3rd, 15km freestyle
2003 - Falun, 2nd 2nd, 4x10km relay (with Di Centa / Valbusa / Zorzi)
2003 - Beitostølen, 1st 1st, 15km freestyle
2004 - Falun, 2nd 2nd, 2x15km pursuit
2004 - Otepää, 2nd 2nd, 4x10km relay (with Carrara / Checchi / Valbusa)
2004 - Gällivare, 2nd 2nd, 4x10km relay (with Di Centa / Valbusa / Zorzi)
2004 - Lago di Tesero, 2nd 2nd, 4x10km relay (with Di Centa / Valbusa / Zorzi)
2005 - Falun, 2nd 2nd, 4x10km relay (with Clara / Checchi / Di Centa)
2005 - Canmore, 1st 1st, 15km freestyle
2006 - Lago di Tesero, 3rd 3rd, 30km free mass start
2006 - Lago di Tesero, 1st 1st, 4x10km relay (with Di Centa / Checchi / Zorzi)
2007 - Davos (1), 2nd 2nd, 4x10km relay (with Checchi / Di Centa / Santus)
2007 - Davos (2), 2nd 2nd, 4x10km relay (with Di Centa / Checchi / Zorzi)
2007 - Rybinsk, 3rd 3rd, 30km freestyle mass start
2008 - Canmore, 3rd 3rd, 15km freestyle
2008 - Bormio, 1st 1st, 3.3km freestyle
2009 - Vancouver, 1st 1st, 15 + 15 km pursuit
World Military Championships
1997 - Val Cartier, 1st 1st, 15km freestyle
2000 - Saalfelden, 3rd 3rd, 15km freestyle
2003 - Rovaniemi, 2nd 2nd, 15km freestyle
Marathon Cup
2005 - Samedan, 2nd 2nd, 42km freestyle mass start
Continental Cup
1995 - Argentiere, 2nd 2nd, 15km freestyle
1996 - Toblach, 1st 1st, 30km classic
FIS Races
1995 - Kandersteg, 2nd 2nd, 15km freestyle
1995 - Pello, 2nd 2nd, 15km classic
1996 - Annecy, 1st 1st, 15km freestyle
1996 - Campra, 3rd 3rd, 10km classic
1998 - Misurina, 1st 1st, 15km freestyle

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