You would hardly find a more romantic story at the last Alpine Skiing World Championships. When Luca De Aliprandini took home the silver medal for the huge slalom in Cortina d’Ampezzo last Friday, the reward for him was the hug of his long-time girlfriend Michelle Gisin.
“I am extremely proud of you,” the Swiss woman told him. It looked like he was enjoying his success more than his bronze in the combination in which he was closely behind the silver Petra Vlhová.
The 30-year-old Italian was on the podium for the first time in his career.
“Unbelievable. I have been told many times in recent years that I am good, but the fact that I did not get to the podium has become a big burden for me, “said a native of the province of Trento for the media from the Apennine Peninsula.
“The fact that I managed to climb it on the home slope in Cortina is an indescribably emotional moment. I think you saw it on target, “he added.
By the way, he was defeated only by the Frenchman Mathieu Faivre, a former friend of the American star Mikaela Shiffrin, whose team also includes Romain Velez, the husband of Veronika Velez-Zuzul.
But back to De Aliprandini and Gisin. They live together in the northern Italian town of Riva del Garda on Lake Garda. The couple met six years ago on the Ushuaia Glacier in Argentina, where European teams are often preparing for the new season.
Both have a demanding competition program, but their relationship did not shake.
“It still works perfectly for us, Luca is a very positive person. He is a member of the cooking family. And very well! As for our relationship, I am more Italian and he is Swiss, “Gisin smiled in an interview with Corriere della Sera.
De Aliprandini told Gazzetta dello Sport that after his unsuccessful huge slalom he was very sorry for his girlfriend (she finished eleven nine hundredths ahead of Vlhová) and takes his silver in this discipline as satisfaction.
“It was important for him to succeed. It had never happened to me before that I could ‘defeat it’. I got silver, she got bronze, we miss one precious metal, don’t we? ”He said before Saturday’s slalom. In the end, Gisin did not complete it and did not complete the pair’s medal collection.
Gisin was moved after the partner’s life success. “He tried for so long and it finally worked out,” she said, holding back tears for the SRF. “He was under pressure and he dealt with it incredibly,” she added.
The men continue in the World Cup this weekend in Banska, Bulgaria with huge slaloms, the women, including Vlhová, will return to Italy for the speed disciplines at the Val di Fassa resort.
Source: Pravda.sk – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.
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