The Italian Almanac

nordic ski

Italian Sport - February 18

Pietro Piller Cottrer and Fulvio Valbusa scored a big upset Thursday in the 15-kilometer freestyle, the first 1-2 finish for Italy's men at the Nordic world championships. "For me, it was like a victory when I heard Pietro was ahead during the race," Valbusa said. "It's not only that we are good friends, we are like brothers."

Piller Cottrer covered a tough course, heavy with fresh snow, in 34:49.7. Valbusa, his roommate on the road, was 11.2 back. "I've had so much trouble this season with the skis, my back, I couldn't even think about making the podium," Cottrer said. "Now I'm world champion - it's great. It will be a double celebration."