When Alessandro tells us with nonchalance that ”crushing into the slalom poles is not such a nice experience” and that he prefers downhill races, because “I never was afraid of speed”, we all burst into laughing.
Alessandro Daldoss is IPC world champion of Alpine Skiing – Visually Impaired category.
He’s telling his story in the wine tasting room at the Albino Armani winery in Dolcè, Adige Valley, province of Verona.
He is sipping some” Foja Tonda” and “Prosecco Colfondo – sur lie”.
Alessandro Daldoss is an athletic guy of about thirty years. He was born and still today lives in Vermiglio, in the Val di Sole Valley (Trentino region).
Until he was twenty five years old, his life was similar to that of other guys of the same age, when something happened that changed his life radically.
He was almost graduating in Economy at Trento University, when he was struck by a bastard illness that made him unable to see.
Alessandro graduated in Economy, but he was looking for new challenges, finding in sport a strong motivation to go on. He started skiing at a competitive level in the circuits reserved to athletes with a disability, qualifying in the European and world championship.
After receiving the world champion medal in Tarvisio, he decides to attend the Paralympics in Sochi from 7th to 16th March 2014. He succeeds, joining the Italian Paralympics team. It seems mad, but with extreme naturalness he says: “if you have a great empathy with your guide, you can do everything”.
But how can Alessandro launch himself down the ski slopes at full speed if he can’t see?
It is simple: Alessandro is preceded by his guide, communicating with him through a Bluetooth device.
A human GPS who takes him through the ski runs and slalom doors.
Tonight Alessandro Daldoss , accompanied by Luca Negrini and thanks to people who believed in him, like Albino Armani,
is reaching Sochi, wearing the colors of “Italia Azzurra”, ready to take on a new challenge.
English Version by Egle Capilupi