Born in Cavalese on 14 August 1972, Cristian Zorzi competed for the Fiamme Gialle, initially starting out in the classic 10 km before switching to become a sprinter. Part of the national team set-up since 1994, Zorzi won three Olympic medals (gold in the relay at Turin 2006 with Valbusa, Di Centa and Piller Cottrer, silver at Salt Lake City 2002 with Di Centa, Maj and Piller Cottrer and bronze in the individual sprint in Salt Lake City). He also won two World Championships medals (gold in the team sprint with Renato Pasini at Sapporo 2007 and bronze in the sprint at Lahti 2001, the first medal won by an Italian in that specialism). Zorzi also has 11 wins in the World Cup to his name, plus 14 medals (three golds, seven silvers and four bronzes) at the Italian Championships. He is currently a coach with the national team. Zorzi now lives in Moena and has a son named Harald, in tribute to the King of Norway.