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BERTAGNOLLI Giacomo
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Italy   
GenderMen
Age20
Place of BirthCavalese, ITA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B3
Guide
Fabrizio Casal
Further Personal Information
Residence
Cavalese, ITA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age two in Cavalese, Italy. He took up the sport competitively in 2012.
Why this sport?
"I live in the mountains and have slopes all around me. It was the first sport I ever tried. I like speed, jumps, adrenaline and snow, so skiing is perfect."
Club / Team
GS Fiamme Gialle: Italy
Name of coach
Davide Gros [national], ITA
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
World Cup
Location
St. Moritz, SUI
General Interest
Nicknames
Jack, Jack Berta (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; ildolomiti.it, 02 Feb 2017)
Hobbies
Climbing, mountain biking, skating. (ildolomiti.it, 02 Feb 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in downhill at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (paralympic.org, 31 Jan 2019)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Ted Ligety, Italian Moto GP rider Valentino Rossi. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to music before competing. (ildolomiti.it, 02 Feb 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm a positive, crazy, determined, guy. I love travelling and meeting new people. I always want to try new sports, the crazier they are, the better it is. I'm not afraid." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
He has been presented with the 'Collare d'oro' [Collar of Gold], the highest honour given by the Italian National Olympic Committee [CONI]. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Impairment
He was born with atrophy of the optic nerve [OPA1]. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Other information
GUIDE
He and his guide Fabrizio Casal have been friends since they were at school together, and after returning from the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang they both had to take their final exams. Although the pair won two gold medals in Pyeongchang, as well as a silver and a bronze, Bertagnolli was still looking for ways to improve ahead of the 2018/19 season. "The better we get, the faster we get, which makes it more difficult to see. If I am too fast, I can't see the pole, if I am slower I can see the pole at the last second, but a little faster and I can't see it any more. I realised the solution was not to worry about the gates. Instead I just need to worry about Fabrizio and stay much nearer to him. If I stay just behind him, say 1.5m or something, then I can see the line he is taking and just follow it." (paralympic.org, 03 Jan 2019; pyeongchang2018.com, 05 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:26.46
2 2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:26.29
  2018 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DNF
1 2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:10.51
1 2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:36.12
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:18.25
  2014/2015 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
5 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:14.23
3 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:05.82
1 2016/2017 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:50.49
2 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:12.92
  2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
2 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:08.58
1 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:55.43
1 2018/2019 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:00.28
1 2018/2019 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:46.32
1 2018/2019 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:02.93
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:39.52
  2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
3 2015/2016 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:16.82
5 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:15.70
5 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:15.13
3 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:21.23
5 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:24.24
2 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:26.85
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:28.96
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:26.48
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
5 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:39.75