Paola Magoni

Born in Selvino, in the province of Bergamo, Paolo Magoni became the first-ever Italian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in alpine skiing at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in 1984 – at the age of just 19. Magoni comes from a sporty family: her brother Livio is a ski coach (he has previously worked with Tina Maze and the Italian national set-up and is currently working with Petra Vlhova), while her other brother Oscar is a former Serie A footballer. She has one World Cup victory to her name (in the slalom in Jasna in 1985), in addition to two podium finishes. Magoni also won the bronze medal in the slalom event at the Alpine World Ski Championships 1985 in Bormio. She took part in the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988 (finishing seventh in the slalom) before retiring at the end of that season. In total, Magoni took part in 35 World Cup events, finishing in the top ten on 20 occasions and never finishing outside the top 15.