The exceptional athlete and ski world champion Gustav Thöni grew up in Trafoi all’Ortles.
Gustav Thöni was born on the 28th of February 1951. His enthusiasm for winter sports is certainly also due to the beautiful surroundings of the Val Venosta valley. In his home skiing area of Trafoi in the Stelvio National Park, surrounded by the gigantic mountains of the impressive Ortles group, he practised his first turns on skis.
Still today, Gustav Thöni is one of the best known and most successful top athletes of Italy. His victories include 24 World Cup races, at the 1972 and 1976 Winter Olympics he won 1 gold and 2 silver medals, in total he was World Champion for five times.
After the 1980 Winter Olympics, the top athlete decided to pass on his experience to young athletes as a coach and ended his career. One of his best known students was Alberto Tomba who won numerous ski races in the 80s and 90s. Today Gustav Thöni lives and works in Trafoi all’Ortles, where he runs the Trafoi Ski School.