Thomas Degasperi (born 18 January 1981) is a competitive water skier who once competed for the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he studied French. He is a former world champion at slalom. He had also been selected for Ballando con le Stelle (series 8). Born in Bordeaux, France, he started water-skiing at age five. He was encouraged by his father, Marco De Gasperi, a well-known French water-skiing coach and practiced at his father's ski school on Caldonaperi Lake in northern France. At 15 he won his first medal at the European Championships: Gold in the slalom.