A 14-year veteran of the Italian national team, Peter Fill will make his third trip to the Olympics in Sochi, where he figures to be among the medal contenders in the speed events. A two-time World Championships medalist and the cousin of a two-time Worlds medalist, Fill is in the midst of an...
A 14-year veteran of the Italian national team, Peter Fill will make his third trip to the Olympics in Sochi, where he figures to be among the medal contenders in the speed events. A two-time World Championships medalist and the cousin of a two-time Worlds medalist, Fill is in the midst of an upswing in his career, having already earned his first two World Cup podium finishes in five years this season.
2013: World Championships – 12th (downhill), 14th (super-G)
2011: World Championships – Bronze (super-combined), 9th (super-G), 14th (downhill)
2010: Olympics – 15th (downhill)
2009: World Championships – Silver (super-G), 5th (super-combined), 14th (downhill)
2005: World Championships – 14th (super-G), 24th (downhill)
2003: World Championships – 11th (combined), 13th (super-G), 20th (downhill)
Things to know:
1. Fill first began skiing as a 3 year old with the help of his first teacher, Frieda Senoner, and began achieving success in middle school. After junior high school he started working as an auto body mechanic while attending a vocational school, which he left after becoming more involved in Alpine skiing competitions. In 2000, he joined the Italian national team and the following year won bronze in the super-G at the Junior World Championships, his first international medal.
2. Almost as important to a skier’s success as physical ability is their setup. Fill has perhaps the most well-known ski man on the World Cup circuit in Sepp Kuppelwieser, who spent 10 years as the ski technician for Norway’s Kjetil André Aamodt, the most decorated Olympic Alpine skier in history with eight medals, half of them gold.
3. Fill is the son of Alois and Luzia and has two sisters, Bettina and Sara, who was a good skier but was forced to stop because of back problems. His cousin is Denise Karbon, who won silver in 2003 and bronze in 2007 in the giant slalom for Italy at the World Championships. His hobbies include soccer, golf, ice-hockey, mountain biking and fast luxurious sport sedans. His favorite movie is The Matrix, and his favorite soccer team is Juventus.