Joël Retornaz

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Joël Thierry Retornaz (born in Chêne-Bougeries, Genève, Switzerland, 30 September 1983) is an Italian curler from Cembra. He was in 2006 the skip of the Italian men's Olympic curling team.[1]

Retornaz gained sudden notoriety in Italy in occasion of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Despite the fact Italy has no curling tradition, and that the sport is practiced only by some hundred of amateurs, Retornaz led the semi-professional Italian team to a number of unexpected victories against strong national teams like that of Canada.[1] This breakthrough inspired a sudden national curiosity for curling, a previously almost unknown sport for Italians.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In addition to curling, Retornaz breeds and races quarter horses. He is employed as a businessman.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Joel Retornaz Biography and Olympic Results". 
  2. ^ "Gli azzurri del curling e lo spot in TV". 
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