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Gianluigi Rosa

Alpine Skiing | Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Veronica
Lavis, ITA
English, Italian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2007 in Lavis, Italy.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to the sport by Italian Para ice hockey player Gianluca Cavaliere.
Club / Team
South Tyrol Eagles: Italy
Name of coach
Massimo Da Rin [national], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

General interest

Gigi, Pink Cadillac [after his family name Rosa, which means Pink in Italian]. (, 29 Apr 2018)
Mountain climbing. (, 01 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming gold at the 2011 European Championships in Solleftea, Sweden, and winning silver at the 2016 European Championships in Ostersund, Sweden. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Italian Para ice hockey players Gianluca Cavaliere and Florian Planker. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Italian motor racing driver and handcyclist Alex Zanardi, president of the Italian Paralympic Committee Luca Pancalli. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
He returned to training in February 2015 after a shoulder injury had kept him out of action for two months. (, 11 Feb 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm proud of my performance if I have given my all." (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Defender at both the 2013 Paralympic Qualification Tournament in Turin, Italy, and the 2016 European Championships in Ostersund, Sweden. (, 10 Apr 2016;, 2016)

He was named in the All-Star team at the 2009 World Championships A-Pool in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (, 2016)
Other sports
He competed in Para alpine skiing at the 2009 World Championships in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. (, 14 Jan 2014; SportsDeskOnline, 01 Mar 2009)
His right leg was amputated at the thigh after he was involved in a motorcycle accident at age 17. He was hit by a car after his brakes failed as he was entering a curve. He was in an induced coma for two weeks. (, 07 Oct 2017;, 29 Aug 2017;, 2016; Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Other information
He was suspended for two years by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] after returning an adverse analytical finding for the banned substance furosemide following the bronze medal match between Italy and the Republic of Korea at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He was ineligible for competition from 27 April 2018 until 26 April 2020. (, 13 Feb 2019)


Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group B 1
Mixed Group B 3
Mixed Group B 6
Mixed Classification 5-8 201
Mixed Classification 7-8 102
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2009-02-23 32
Men's Super-G Standing Run 2 2009-02-24 36
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group B 2014-03-08 1
Mixed Group B 2014-03-09 4
Mixed Group B 2014-03-11 5
Mixed Group B - Standings 2014-03-11 3
Mixed Classification 5-6 2014-03-12 201
Mixed Classification 5-8 2014-03-14 101
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-10 1
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-11 3
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-12 5
Mixed Tournament Group A - Standings 2018-03-13 2
Mixed Tournament Semifinal 2018-03-15 2
Mixed Tournament Bronze Medal Match 2018-03-17 1