Smiles from first to last make skimo the "beautiful sport"
LAUSANNE, Jan 13 – From the gold medal winners through to an athlete in last place, nobody at the ski mountaineering sprint finals at Villars Winter Park could stop smiling on Monday.
“I am happy, happy, happy. This is a beautiful sport,” said Rocco Baldini (ITA), who won gold in the men’s sprint in 2 minutes, 30.14 seconds, beating his compatriot Luca Tomasoni on the line by a narrow margin. “It was beautiful racing against this crazy boy Luca, and going for the finish with him.
“This sport is so difficult on the body and the brain so we are both very pleased. My start was great and then I opened the gas. Now we want skimo to come to Milan and Cortina, our country, for the 2026 Winter Olympics. We want to show people how beautiful this sport is.”
Tomasoni took silver, while Ot Ferrer Martinez (ESP) got the bronze in the fast and furious event, which involves athletes skiing and trekking up a short, steep slope, then slaloming down.