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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, son Riccardo
Lavis, ITA
English, Italian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 19 in 2006 with the South Tyrol Eagles.
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
Franco Comencini [club], ITA; Massimo Da Rin [national], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Marlborough, MA, USA

General interest

Gigi, Pink Cadillac [after his family name Rosa, which means Pink in Italian]. (, 29 Apr 2018)
Kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, hiking. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Italian Para ice hockey players Gianluca Cavaliere and Florian Planker. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018, 02 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Italian motor racing driver and handcyclist Alex Zanardi, Italian Para swimmer and president of the Italian Paralympic Committee Luca Pancalli. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018, 02 Mar 2022)
He returned to training in February 2015 after a shoulder injury had kept him out of action for two months. (, 11 Feb 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He drinks coffee before every match. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Train body and mind." (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Defender at both the 2013 Paralympic Ice Hockey Qualification Tournament in Turin, Italy, and the 2016 European Para Ice Hockey Championships in Ostersund, Sweden. (, 10 Apr 2016;, 2016)

He was named in the All-Star team at the 2009 World Para Ice Hockey Championships A-Pool in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (, 2016)
Other sports
He has represented Italy in Para ice hockey at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, 2014 and 2018. He also competed in Para alpine skiing at the 2009 World Championships in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. (, 14 Jan 2014; SportsDeskOnline, 25 Nov 2021)
Famous relatives
His brother Francesco represented Italy in road cycling at U23 level. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022;, 25 Jun 2016)
To contribute to the development of Para ice hockey in Italy. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
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