Pietro Piller Cottrer

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Pietro Piller Cottrer
Pietro Piller Cottrer 2006.jpg
Piller Cottrer at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
Personal information
Born December 20, 1974 (1974-12-20) (age 42)
Pieve di Cadore, Italy

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

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