Daniela Merighetti

Daniela Merighetti (born 5 July 1981 in Brescia) is an Italian alpine skier. She is a member since 2000 of the Italian national ski team. The most successful is in the speed disciplines Downhill and Super -G.


Merighetti began at the urging of her father at the age of six years with the skiing. Initially, she was able to excite little for the sport. This changed when she won some youth race as a member of the Ski Club OS Noi di Brescia. A setback learned their athletic career in 1996 when she broke during training, the left tibia. From the forced break, she recovered well and early 1998, she was at the Italian Junior Championship First in Super -G and vice- champion in the downhill. In December 1998, she had an injury sidelined as she tore the cruciate ligament in a FIS slalom in Presena in his left knee again. After six months of recovery she took in the summer of 1999, the training again and finally succeeded in 2000, the jump in the Italian ski team.

In December 2000 Merighetti made ​​her debut in the World Cup, where they initially but could not gain a foothold. End of January 2001, she suffered a second torn ACL. It was not until two years after her debut, she took her first World Cup points. A sensation she succeeded then the ending of the 2002/03 season in Åre, Sweden. At their first World Cup giant slalom, which she finished with two valid passages, she went with start number 38 surprising second place. This remained until their victory in Cortina in January 2012 their only World Cup podium. Constant performance in the World Cup, however, remained rare. Finally she pulled herself in November 2003 during the World Cup slalom in Park City for the third time the cruciate ligament.

After her convalescence she struggled again to catch up with their teammates, but remained in the season 2004/ 05 in the World Cup without a valid result. Only since the 2005/ 06 season, she again takes part regularly in World Cup races. With a ninth place in the downhill in Bad Kleinkirchheim and a tenth place in the downhill in Cortina d' Ampezzo, she qualified for the Olympic Winter Games 2006., Where she reached the downhill Rank 32 in the combined and slalom she left each of.

In the following years Merighetti reached in the downhill and super combined some top -10 results and was able to steadily improve over the World Cup votes until the end of the 2008/09 season for the first time in the top 15 and the best in the downhill 10 was in the combination. At the 2007 World Championships in Åre, it achieved 15th place in the Super Combined and 17th place in the downhill, 2009, she finished second in Val d'Isere Rank 16 in the downhill, but fell in the super -G and super combined from.

In the 2009/10 season Merighetti increased in the descent, and came with five top - 10 finishes in eighth place in the downhill World Cup. Bad luck they had at the Olympic Winter Games 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. In all three of their disputed competitions ( downhill, combined, super -G) on the ski slopes in Whistler she retired after driving errors. In the season 2010/11 Merighetti reached four top - 10 finishes in World Cup downhill, so she was in the downhill World Cup for the second consecutive year in the top ten. In addition, she managed a top 10 finish in a super combined, and for the first time in the Super- G, the first time as part of the World Cup discharged City event, she finished fourth. For the first time drove Merighetti even at a major event into the top ten: It was at the 2011 World Championships in Garmisch -Partenkirchen seventh in the downhill and ninth in Super-G, but fell in the super combined.

On January 14, 2012 Merighetti celebrated her first World Cup victory, when she despite a broken thumb won the downhill in Cortina d' Ampezzo. At the end of the season 2011/12 it achieved a seventh place in downhill World Cup, her best result in a World Cup disciplines. In the super - G World Cup they improved from 29th place last year to 12th place.


Olympic games

  • Turin 2006: 32 Departure
  • Sochi 2014: 4th exit

World Championships

  • Åre 2007: 15 super combined, downhill 17
  • Val d'Isere 2009: 16 Departure
  • Garmisch -Partenkirchen 2011: 7 Downhill, Super -G 9
  • Schladming 2013: 7 Super -G

World Cup

  • Season 2008/ 09: 10 Combined World Cup
  • Season 2009/ 10: 8 downhill World Cup
  • Season 2010/ 11: 10 Downhill World Cup
  • Season 2011/12: 7 downhill World Cup
  • Season 2012/13: 7 downhill World Cup
  • 4 podiums, including one victory:

Other successes

  • 7 Italian championship ( combined 2005, 2008 and 2009, the Super-G in 2009 and 2012; departure in 2009 and 2013)
  • Gold medal in the giant slalom at the World Ski Championships 2005 military
  • 3 podiums in European Cup races
  • 10 victories in FIS races