Gustavo Thoeni was born in Trafoi on 28 February 1951. At the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, he won a gold medal in the giant slalom and a silver in the slalom. At Innsbruck in 1976, Thoeni picked up a silver medal in the slalom. He has won five world championship gold medals and two silvers. In the world cup, he has four overall titles and five specialty titles (two in the slalom and three in the giant slalom), winning 24 races overall.