24 Podiums, 7 victories in the Ski World Cup and over 120 starts from the starting gates are the key numbers of Massimiliano Blardone, an athlete with a long-running career who is now the key player in his 15th Ski season.
A 35-year-old experienced man who has found his own path in life, always supported by his trusted staff and a special counselor, his wife Simona.
The agenda of a competitive athlete is full of demanding tasks: Alpine Ski National Athlete, Giant Slalom specialty, 1200 training hours all over the world (in gymnasium and on ski run, from the sea level to the highest mountains), institutional duties (he’s a Financial Policeman) and the pleasure to share his successes with Sponsors and Partners.
Lucky in having a beautiful family that always supports him, Massimiliano wants to express the same values that drove him to gain challenging goals and to share his passions, ideals and lifestyles with others.
He has the joy of being a father and this allows him to face every challenge with consciousness and great responsibility.
I’m looking for a new way to get closer to alpine ski, but I cannot reveal everything … it’s a top secret project! For sure, I made ski my world and my job and the ski will continue to be an essential part of my thoughts and projects in the short, middle and long-term.
I live each little improvement, on sport and personal life, as a little success. I am a positive and optimistic person. My motto is the rule that guides me every day: “To plan your own goal is the strongest human tool of auto-motivation”.
Determination, energy, taking challenges are values that bring, me day by day, towards new goals and successes!
Giant Slalom is considered the most technical between ski disciplines. The best giant slalom specialists have taken the speediness from slalom racers and the ability in direction from downhill racers.
On Giant Slalom it’s fundamental having a correct approach on the curves and it’s quite difficult for us to improve the radius of curvature. Going down the track and gaining few centimeters or millimeters on each pole is a challenging aim, but it gives great results in terms of speed.
I am endlessly searching for new incentives. Snow is my place, since I was young: surrounded by nature and silence, trying to discover my personal limits, to get in touch with me and go beyond my limits.
This sport leads you in a total white environment, without any noise except your ski foil on snow. On snow, even strain becomes a good sensation and changes to adrenaline.
I train both in gym and on tracks. Gym workout is fundamental to increase strength and for the muscular reinforcement. During wintertime, I mainly exercise on tracks and on spring and summer, I’m lucky of living in a wonderful place where I practice canoe and water ski on the lake, or go running or biking on mountains.
I am obsessive in training and careful to details. I train hard because I believe in my work. Hard work rewards you with victories and success, but it requires also perseverance and resolution.
During my training, I’m always ready to face new challenges or to test new ways of exercising. For example, who knows acrobatic training?
Usually I am not nervous, I’m just focused on goals. I get ready for the downhill with good warm-up exercises, then I concentrate on breath to regulate my respiratory pulse and to oxygenate each part of my body. The only challenge, then, is to firstly and speedily arrive at the end of the slope!
My son Alessandro! With his three-years-old spontaneity, he is my biggest fan. I do care teaching him the values of skiing, as my parents did with me.
Ski is strain (when I was young, there were not “tapis roulant” on ski runs!) but it’s also adrenaline, challenge, sharing and emotion, it’s living the plain nature. I also have a wonderful fan club that is one of the greatest and most active fan groups in the ski world. My fans support me in every sportive and personal project.
I’m lucky of having trusty people around me. They always say to me to go ahead with determination and not to change my personality, to remain a direct, sincere, spontaneous person.