Silvio Fauner

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Silvio Fauner
Medal record
Men's cross country skiing
Olympic Games
Gold 1994 Lillehammer 4 × 10 km
Silver 1992 Albertville 4 × 10 km
Silver 1998 Nagano 4 × 10 km
Bronze 1994 Lillehammer 15 km pursuit
Bronze 1998 Nagano 30 km
World Championships
Gold 1995 Thunder Bay 50 km
Silver 1993 Falun 4 × 10 km
Silver 1995 Thunder Bay 15 km pursuit
Bronze 1993 Falun 15 km pursuit
Bronze 1995 Thunder Bay 4 × 10 km
Bronze 1997 Trondheim 4 × 10 km
Bronze 1999 Ramsau 4 × 10 km

Silvio Fauner (born November 1, 1968 in San Pietro di Cadore, Province of Belluno) is an Italian former cross country skier who competed from 1988 to 2006. His best known victory was part of the 4 × 10 km relay team that upset Norway at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. He also won four other medals at the Winter Olympics with silvers in the 4 × 10 km relay (1992, 1998) and bronzes in the 15 km (1994) and 30 km (1998).

Biography[edit]

Fauner also won six medals at the Nordic skiing World Championships, including 1 gold (50 km: 1995), 2 silvers (10 km + 15 km combined pursuit: 1995, 4 × 10 km: 1993), and 3 bronzes (4 × 10 km: 1995, 1997, 1999).

At the Opening Ceremony for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin on February 10, he and his 4 × 10 km relay teammates (Maurilio De Zolt, Marco Albarello, and Giorgio Vanzetta) who won the gold at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, were among the last carriers of the Olympic torch before it was lit by fellow Italian cross country skier Stefania Belmondo.

In May 2007, Fauner was named the head coach of the Italian national cross-country ski team, replacing his former ski-teammate Marco Albarello.

Doping Allegations[edit]

Swedish documentary called Uppdrag Granskning claimed that Fauner had an exceptionally high hemoglobin level prior to a World Cup in Lahti in 1997. According to sources quoted in the documentary, Fauner had tested 19.2 g/dL. The test result was confirmed and signed by FIS official Bengt-Erik Bengtsson. Currently the allowed limit to compete in official FIS competition is 17.0 g/dL. According to Bengt Saltin, former chairman of FIS medical committee, such an hemoglobin value is not possible to achieve without banned substances or blood doping.

Achievements[edit]

  • 1989: 3rd, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 15 km pursuit
  • 1991:
    • 1st, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 30 km
    • 2nd, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 10 km
  • 1992:
    • 1st, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 15 km pursuit
    • 2nd, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 10 km
  • 1993:
    • 1st, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 10 km
    • 2nd, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 30 km
    • 3rd, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 15 km pursuit
  • 1994:
    • 1st, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 30 km
    • 1st, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 15 km pursuit
    • 1st, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 10 km
  • 1995:
    • 1st, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 50 km
    • 1st, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 15 km pursuit
    • 2nd, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 10 km
  • 1996:
    • 1st, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 50 km
    • 1st, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 15 km pursuit
    • 2nd, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 30 km
    • 2nd, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 10 km
  • 1997:
    • 1st, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 30 km
    • 2nd, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 15 km pursuit
    • 2nd, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 10 km
  • 1998: 1st, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 50 km
  • 1999:
    • 2nd, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 15 km pursuit
    • 3rd, Italian men's championships of cross-country skiing, 10 km

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