Two-time Olympic champion at the 2006 Torino Games ... Younger brother
of Manuela, one of the most decorated cross-country skiers in Olympic
history ... True to the spirit of his sport, spent entire days in the
woods as a teenager, working as a woodsman by day and training by night
to become an Olympian ... Annnounced as Italian flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.