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Gabriella Paruzzi

Full name: Gabriella Paruzzi
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: June 21, 1969 in Udine, Udine, Italy
Affiliations: G.S. Forestale, Roma (ITA)
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold, 4 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Originally a resident of Tarvisio, Gabriella Paruzzi made her début in the international arena at the 1991 World Championships in Val di Fiemme, winning silver in the relay and placing eighth in the 30 km free technique. For nearly a decade she did not achieve significant results at an individual level, but won several medals at the Olympics and the World Championships as part of the Italian relay team including silver medals at the World Championships in 1991, 1993 and 1999 and bronze medals in 2001 and 2005.

Her first individual podium in a World Cup race came in 2001, when she was second in the pre-Olympic pursuit. The following year, on the same tracks, Paruzzi won her only individual international medal, the gold in the 30km mass start classic technique at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. During the race one of her poles broke. Her coach was nearby, and she took his pole, although it was too long. She kept on racing and near the end of the race the coach handed her the correct size pole. At the finish line the Italian cross-country skier was second behind the Russian Larisa Lazutina, trailing by almost two minutes. But in December 2003 it was revealed that Lazutina had tested positive for darpopoietin, an erythropoietin analogue, and was disqualified from all events in Salt Lake City, which gave Paruzzi a very surprising gold medal. Her first victory in the World Cup came in 2003 in the 10 km free technique in Lahti. The following season was her best in the World Cup with three wins, nine podiums in total and first place in the overall standings at the end of the season, with second places in both specialty rankings (distance and sprint). In her career she had 38 World Cup podiums (18 individuals, 20 teams). At home, Paruzzi won 14 Italian Championships with 40 podiums between 1990 and 2005. Paruzzi retired at the end of the 2006 season, after winning her last medal in 2006 in Torino.

Following a high school education Paruzzi trained as a forest ranger. She later ran a hotel and restaurant with her husband. She was elected as an adviser athlete for the new Federal Council of the FIS in 2007. For her achievements she was appointed Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2002.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Italy ITA 23
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 kilometres Italy ITA 9
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 30 kilometres Italy ITA 12
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit Italy ITA 16
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Italy ITA 3 Bronze
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Italy ITA 24
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 kilometres Italy ITA 12
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 30 kilometres Italy ITA 30
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit Italy ITA 18
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Italy ITA 3 Bronze
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Italy ITA 9
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 kilometres Italy ITA 14
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 30 kilometres Italy ITA 10
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit Italy ITA 12
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Italy ITA 3 Bronze
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's Sprint Italy ITA 8
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 kilometres Italy ITA 6
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's 30 kilometres Italy ITA 1 Gold
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's 5/5 kilometres Pursuit Italy ITA 8
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Italy ITA 6
2006 Winter 36 Torino Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Italy ITA 13
2006 Winter 36 Torino Cross Country Skiing Women's 30 kilometres Italy ITA 5
2006 Winter 36 Torino Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 km Skiathlon Italy ITA 5
2006 Winter 36 Torino Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Italy ITA 3 Bronze
2006 Winter 36 Torino Cross Country Skiing Women's Team Sprint Italy ITA 7

Women's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Round B Final 4 3:26.1
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy Semi-Finals Heat 1 3 QB 3:25.3
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy Quarter-Finals Heat 1 2 Q 3:16.2
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy Qualifying Round 8 Q 3:16.11

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 23 15:13.9 6:15.9 31
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 24 15:34.7 6:20.6 22
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 9 18:14.7 6:20.4 10

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
2006 Winter 36 Torino Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 13 29:24.0 7:08.9 17 17:33.5 15 26:28.6 14

Women's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 9 44:44.0 5:59.6 16 23:56.1 9
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 12 43:05.1 5:19.1 17 24:11.7 14
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 14 49:20.7 6:08.6 18 28:28.7 16
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 6 40:25.7 5:42.9 4 20:13.1 6 31:10.2 3

Women's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 12 1-28:18.1 5:24.9 10 19:46.7 9 33:41.7 11 53:08.6 14 1-10:07.1 12
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 30 1-33:28.9 5:31.4 17 27:17.1 25 37:38.3 26 45:17.1 24 1-14:41.9 28
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 10 1-26:06.0 5:21.7 8 31:36.8 7 1-04:50.2 10
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 1 1-30:57.1 23:05.0 1 44:45.1 1 1-02:30.2 1
2006 Winter 36 Torino Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 5 1-23:00.8 26:51.8 4 54:52.0 =4

Women's 5/5 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy 5 kilometres, Classical 8 Q 13:33.9
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy 5 kilometres, Freestyle 8 12:20.4 +0:35 11:45.6 5

Women's 15 km Skiathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T CT CR PST PSR FT FLR
2006 Winter 36 Torino Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 5 43:18.9 20:26.5 6 33.3 9 22:19.0 6

Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 16 28:38.8 +1:00 27:38.8 19
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 18 30:20.9 +1:26 28:54.9 16
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 12 29:36.8 +0:37 28:59.8 =9

Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Standings 3 15:23.3 46:17.1 6
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Standings 3 14:38.0 45:05.8 4
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Standings 3 14:35.7 29:52.4 12
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Standings 6 13:13.2 27:27.4 11
2006 Winter 36 Torino Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Standings 3 14:26.1 28:58.1 4

Women's Team Sprint

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank L1 L2 L3
2006 Winter 36 Torino Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Round 7 2:53.9 2:57.6 3:16.9
2006 Winter 36 Torino Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Semi-Finals Heat 1 3 2:53.2 2:55.7 3:20.2
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