Patrick Staudacher ( born April 29, 1980 in Sterzing, South Tyrol ) is a former South Tyrol skier. His greatest successes came in the Super- G and Downhill as well as in the combination. He was a member from 2000 to the Italian World Cup squad and was 2007 World champion in the super -G.
Staudacher learned to ski at the age of three years and was initially supervised and trained by his father. After several successes in Italian children's races and championships he was inducted into the South Tyrolean provincial cadres. In 1997 he was allowed to Schladming in Austria for the first time take part in a Junior World Championship, but reached the target in any of his races. In the same year the recording was followed in the Italian C- squad. In February 1998, Staudacher won the Italian Junior Champion title in the giant slalom and reached the second place in the slalom. Two weeks later he competed in the Junior World Championships in France in 1998, left there but as a year earlier in both of his races from. After a brief injury lay-off at the beginning of 1999 he reached in March at the Junior World Championships in Pra Loup for the first time the goal best result was a 18th place in the slalom.
In the season 1999/2000 Staudacher rose in the Italian B- squad and now regularly took part in the European Cup race. In February, he scored at the Junior World Cup in the Canadian province of Quebec three good results: it reached number five in the Super-G and drove in the downhill and slalom sixth. A little later he won his second Italian Junior Champion title, this time in the slalom.
As of the 2000 /01 season Staudacher belonged to the A-team. He drove his first World Cup race on December 16, 2000. 's Departure from Val d'Isère, he finished 42nd. In March 2001, he was Italian champion in the super -G and in combination. Until the second World Cup start Staudacher had to wait almost a year. On 7 December 2001, he brought with rank 29 in the Super -G in Val d'Isere the first points. In the same month he now also reach the European Cup winning results: In the descent of Saalbach -Hinterglemm he came on 19 December for the first time in the top ten, the next day he went into the second exit even in second place. With two more podium finishes, he finished in the European Cup in 2001/02 season in fifth place in the downhill standings.
At the beginning of 2002 brought Staudacher in two World Cup races again points and was allowed to start at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He scored in the combination the surprisingly good seventh place in the Super- G, he drove to 18th place in the World Cup but he could not confirm these benefits in the next two seasons. Rank 20 in the Super G in Lake Louise in November 2003 was his best result. Also in the European Cup, good results were the exception, until he reached three podium finishes in the 2004/05 season and thus won the third place in the super-G final standings. In March 2005, he was the second time Italian champion in the super -G.
From the season 2005/06 Staudacher fully focused on the World Cup and went on 1 December at the Super G in Beaver Creek for the first time in the top ten. In February, he took part in the 2006 Winter Olympics in his home country and arrived as the best Italians in ninth place in the Downhill, Super -G, he was 17th in the World Cup season 2006/ 07 he went four times into the top ten, best placement was the fifth place in the downhill in Bormio on 28 December 2006 the peak of his career, the World Cup 2007 in Åre, Sweden is: . Italians won ahead of Austria's Fritz Strobl and the Swiss Bruno Kernen gold medal in the Super -G. This was followed by the 18th place in the combination and the 32nd place in the downhill.
In the 2007 /08 season Staudacher could go back three times in the top ten and reached there on February 21, with fourth place in the Super G in Whistler ( coinciding with the Canadian Erik Guay ) his hitherto best World Cup result. Something he had less success in the following season, in which he once reached the top 10. At the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isère, he could not repeat his triumph of Åre, Super-G, he finished only 17th place in the Super Combined Rank 19 On 12 February 2009 he launched after almost four years for the first time in the European Cup and took his first victory here in the departure of the Sarn Valley / Reinwald.
On 18 December 2009 Staudacher was third in Val Gardena Super G and achieved his first and only podium in a World Cup race. With a further two top-10 results, he scored the tenth place in the Super- G World Cup and therefore his best result in a discipline World Cup in season 2009/10. On the descent, his best result of the season was sixth place in Beaver Creek. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, he finished seventh in super- G, but only ranked 35th in the downhill. At season's end he was Italian Champion in the Super- G and Downhill.
In the 2010/11 season Staudacher fell far behind. He only drove in two World Cup Super -G into the top 25 and remained on the descent without ever World Cup points. For the World Cup 2011 was therefore not nominated by the Italian federation. After the 2011/12 season, in which he increasingly began in the European Cup and the World Cup was only in five super -G is used, but this remained without points, he ended his sports career.
Staudacher's great hobby is music. He learned the accordion and since 2001 has been the bassist for the rock / pop band " Stanton ". Patrick Staudacher and his girlfriend have a son.
Olympic Winter Games
- Salt Lake City 2002: 7 combination, 18 Super -G
- Turin 2006: 9 Downhill, Super-G 17
- Vancouver 2010: 7 Super -G, downhill 35th
- Åre 2007: 1 Super -G, Super Combined 18, 32 departure
- Val d'Isere 2009: 17 Super -G, Super Combined 19
Junior World Championships
- Pra Loup 1999: 18 Slalom, Giant Slalom 29
- Quebec 2000: 5 Super -G, Downhill 6, 6 Slalom
- Season 2009/ 10: 10 Super - G World Cup
- Four placements in the top five, including a podium finish
- Season 2001/ 02: 5 exit summary
- Season 2004/ 05: 3 Super -G standings
- Season 2011/12: 6 Super -G standings
- A total of ten podium finishes, including a victory (departure in the Sarn Valley / Reinwald on February 12, 2009)
- Quintuple Italian Champion (Super -G 2001, 2005 and 2010; combination 2001; departure 2010)
- Two-time Italian Junior Champion ( giant slalom 1998 slalom 2000)
- 1 victory in a FIS giant slalom