The Blizzard Athletes
Piero Gros


Born: 30. October 1954
Hometown: Sauze d'Oulx
Nation:  ITALY
About me:
Gros was born at Sauze d’Oulx, in the province of Turin (Italy). He learned to ski at an early age, thanks tto Aldo Monaci and Aldo Zulian. Gros made his debut in the World Cup at age 18 in December 1972. In the year 1973 he won two races in Val d’isère and Madonna di Campiglia, therefore he was the youngest Italian skier ever to win a World Cup race. Two years later he won the overall title, sharing this result in Italy only with his friend and rival Gustav Thöni and with Alberto Tomba. Thöni had won the overall title the three preceding seasons and would reclaim it in 1975; he was the runner-up in 1974, and if not for Gros, would've won an unthinkable five consecutive overall titles. Gros also won the bronze medal in the giant slalom at the 1974 World Championships in St. Moritz.
During his career, Piero Gros won a total of 12 World Cup races; 7 in giant slalom and 5 in slalom. He had 35 World Cup podiums (top 3) and 98 top ten finishes. Gros etired from international competition following the 1982 season, at the age of 27.
From 1985-90 he was major of the native village of Sauze d'Oulx. In the meantime he worked as sport commentator for various television stations, including RAI, the Italian State Network.
His son Giorgio (b. 1981) is also a former alpine ski racer; he raced on the European Cup circuit until 2006 and competed in over twenty World Cup speed events

What was your greatest success?

  • 35 times on the podium, therefore 12 World Cup victories (7 in giant slalom and 5 in slalom)
  • 98 top ten finishes
  • Gold medal in slalom at the 1976 Winter Olympics
  • Silver medal in slalom at the 1978 World Championships
  • Bronze medal in giant slalom at the 1974 World Championships in St. Moritz
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