Madonna di Campiglio’s AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Night Slalom presented its 65th edition, scheduled on Saturday, December 22 with some special guests: Giorgio Rocca, Piero Gros, Ivano Edalini and Paolo De Chiesa. A special treat from the glorious past: the historical “Maglia Fulmine”, relaunched after 60 years thanks to the partnership with Falconeri
For one night, the Sala Buzzati - institutional venue of RCS Media Group and La Gazzetta dello Sport - has become the house of ski. No more than three weeks are left to Madonna di Campiglio’s AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Night Slalom on December, 22 (first run: 3.45 PM CET, second run: 6.45PM CET) and 3Tre is back in Milan for its traditional presentation, with all the excitement and the amazing memories coming from a glorious history.
On Wednesday, November 27th another stage of the 3Tre on Tour - the promotional tour that took 3Tre Committee around Italy and abroad in more than 15 locations - has strengthened the historical partnership between Madonna Di Campiglio and Milan, and has also become a fascinating journey through the history of Italian ski and 3Tre, Italy’s most historical and popular winter sports competition.
Its history now reaches the 65th edition, and it is going to be an anniversary to remember: Lorenzo Conci, the President of 3Tre Committee, has shared the main highlights of an increasingly popular event since its return to the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in 2012, also acting as a key communication trigger for its territory all over the World. Tre Ville's Deputy Mayor Tullio Serafini, has indeed underlined how Madonna Di Campiglio is getting ready for a crowded event (over 17.000 people at the latest edition), the main highlight of this winter season which started on Saturday, November 24.
However, as usual with 3Tre, the biggest stage belongs to champions: after the fascinating story told by Paolo Luconi Bisti, three of the Italian 3Tre winners deserved the applause from the fans in Milan. Giorgio Rocca, winner in 2005, Piero Gros who won 1972 slalom and 1974 giant slalom and Ivano Edalini, winner in 1986, have given evidence on their achievements in different eras, with one common point: it’s never an ordinary athlete who wins in Madonna. Also Paolo De Chiesa - also a member of the so-called Valanga Azzurra, and today technical commentator at RaiSport - has joined the event. Gianni Valenti, La Gazzetta dello Sport vice director, has interviewed them and presented the Media Partnership between the Italian Newspaper and Madonna Di Campiglio’s Night Slalom.
13 years have elapsed since the last Italian achievement in Madonna di Campiglio. However, today’s Italian main athetes will try to break the drought, starting with Stefano Gross - third in 2016 - and Manfred Moelgg. Nevertheless, the top names or the predictions are always those of the most recent dominators - defending champion Marcel Hirscher and his rival Henrik Kristoffersen.
In 2018, the 3Tre winner will have a special honour: wearing again the historical 3Tre “Maglia Fulmine”. The special jersey has been recently reintroduced by the 3Tre Committee in collaborarion with luxury clothing brand Falconeri.
The “Maglia Fulmine” was born in the 1950s when 3Tre (acronym which stands for 3 competitions in TREntino region) was a stage-race developing into three different competitions: special slalom, giant slalom and downhill. The overall ranking leader was awarded with a jersey inspired to the Tour de France leader yellow jersey: of course, the “Maglia Fulmine” .
3Tre starts on Friday, December 21 with the Public Draw at Sissi Square, where leading athletes from different disciplines will award the race numbers to the slalom stars.
Saturday, December 22: the first run starts at 3.45PM CET and the second run follows at 6.45PM CET. During the break between the first and the second run takes place “3Tre Hour”, as well as the exciting torchlight performance by the Italian “Alpini”.
At the end of both runs, the podium ceremony will start, with the participation of “Little heroes” by Magica Cleme Onlus, the foundation supporting children with severe oncological diseases at S. Gerardo di Monza Hospital.
Lorenzo Conci (President of 3Tre Committee): “This event in Milan is another stage of our promotional tour and once again demonstrates that 3Tre has the capacity to get closer to all ski lovers and boost their great passion for our sport. Every year we want to offer them - who are all awaited on December, 22 at Canalone Miramonti - an increasingly beautiful and comfortable area to enjoy this unique show in the best way possible”.
Giorgio Rocca (3Tre last Italian winner in 2005): “It is unbelievable, 13 years after my win I keep feeling the same emotions I had that magic night. Madonna di Campiglio is special, from there you can feel the audience vibes and enjoy the show also when you are the protagonist. What connects me to this event the most are some wonderful memories and my commitment to it make it even more meaningful. Of course, I wish an Italian athlete would finally conquer the first place again".
Piero Gros (3Tre winner in 1972 and 1974): “Everything has changed, the world and our sport, but 3Tre is the same: the competition that makes you feel shivers running down the spine after decades, and the place where you feel like home”.
Ivano Edalini (3Tre winner in 1986): “I made history as the unexpected winner, but I knew that my performance was possible because I knew how much I had been working for it. I had been part of a generation in between the Italian “Valanga Azzurra” and Tomba. Once again, I am proud of my achievement”.