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Sabina Valbusa

Full name: Sabina Valbusa
Gender: Female
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: January 21, 1972 in Verona, Verona, Italy
Affiliations: G.S. Forestale, Roma (ITA)
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Sister of Fulvio Valbusa.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Sabina Valbusa, from the small town of Bosco Chiesanuova in Verona, made her first World Cup start in December 1992 finishing 44th in the 5 km classical. She made her first World Cup podium (third) in January 1995 in the relay in Lahti and recorded her first victory in January 2001 in the pre-Olympic relay at Soldier Hollow near Lake Placid. In individual events she made her first World Cup podium in December 1997 in Val di Fiemme in the 15 km free, when she was second, and her first victory came in March 2004 in Pragelato, again in the 15 km free. During her career she participated in five Winter Olympics winning her only medal in the 2006 relay, a bronze. She also competed at eight World Championships, winning three relay medals (1999 silver, 2001/2005 bronze). Individually her best result was a fourth place in Lahti in 2001 in the sprint. Valbusa’s best result in the overall World Cup was eighth in 2003. She achieved a total of 28 World Cup podiums, nine individually and 19 in the relay, including four wins, of which only one was an individual. She switched to long distance racing in 2010 and was fourth in 2011 in the Marathon Cup. Domestically, she won 15 Italian Championships, with 38 podiums between 1993 and 2010.

In 2006 Valbusa was appointed Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. She is the younger sister of cross-country skier and Olympic gold medalist Fulvio Valbusa. Following a high school education she was trained as a forest ranger.

Results

Women's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy Qualifying Round 17 3:19.22

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 29 19:00.6 6:33.3 30

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
2010 Winter 38 Vancouver Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 17 26:05.8 13:07.1 22

Women's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 26 45:03.9 5:25.7 26 25:09.3 26
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 10 40:48.3 5:43.7 5 20:12.6 4 31:09.7 2

Women's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
2006 Winter 34 Torino Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 10 1-23:37.6 26:52.7 6 54:52.5 7

Women's 5/5 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy 5 kilometres, Classical 10 Q 13:41.9
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy 5 kilometres, Freestyle 9 12:23.9 +0:43 11:41.1 1

Women's 15 km Skiathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T CT CR PST PSR FT FLR
2006 Winter 34 Torino Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 17 44:44.7 20:52.9 16 39.6 43 23:12.1 16
2010 Winter 38 Vancouver Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 18 42:19.4 22:11.0 23 26.8 =22 19:41.6 19

Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Italy Final Standings 17 30:34.0 +1:23 29:11.0 14

Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Standings 6 11:41.3 39:08.7 8
2006 Winter 34 Torino Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Standings 3 12:55.6 54:58.7 3
2010 Winter 38 Vancouver Cross Country Skiing Italy ITA Final Standings 4 13:35.1 56:04.9 4
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