Deborah Compagnoni is Italy’s most successful female skier, having won three gold medals and a silver at the Olympic Games (gold in the Super-G in Albertville in 1992, the giant slalom in Lillehammer 1994 and Nagano 1998 and silver in the slalom at the latter), and three world championship gold medals (two in the giant slalom, one in the slalom). All that despite a career littered with serious injuries, which restricted her to only four full World Cup seasons (with 16 wins), including a record run of nine straight victories in the giant slalom in 1997/98. She retired at the end of the 1998/99 campaign. She grew up in Santa Caterina Valfurva, where the main piste is named after her and where her parents run a hotel. In 2008 she married Alessandro Benetton and they have three children together, Agnese, Tobias and Luce.