On the ski slopes, among the organizers or the volunteers. Whatever will be, they’ll be there. This is the spirit of Cortina’s kids on the 2021 world championships. What mainly emerges is their love for their town, stronger and more intense than what they feel for their passion, skiing. We have asked Beatrice Ghedina, Giovanni Fassina and Diego Manaigo, three kids as many, in five years they may be of the right age to race on the Tofane slopes. They admit that, even if they are talented, their talent won’t be enough to become professionals. But that doesn’t matter: at Cortina 2021 they will all be there, and they all dream that the world championships become an opportunity for revival, able to bring together everyone under the flag of sport. “This project belongs to everyone, it will mark the future of the entire valley”, Diego, 19 years old, explains. He has already quit competitive skiing to start coaching. Collaboration and involvement are the keywords to turn the event into an opportunity.
“The organization is already there – Beatrice explains – just look at the successful World Cup: we are one of the very few locations which can host the event under too much snow, like two years ago, and with no snow at all”. These young people have the same spirit of 1956, when Cortina teamed up and organized such Olympic Games which made an impression on the entire world, bringing tourism and contributing to create a legend: “We will be there, whatever role we will play, because it’s an opportunity – Giovanni says -. I’d like to be the forerunner like I did during the World Cup, but also joining the committees of volunteers is an opportunity to give a hand”. Yes, volunteers: one thousand may be needed. “They will come from all over Italy”, Diego says confidently. Even at twenty these kids understand the need of their peers and know how to convince sceptics: a constant party, with attractions for athletes, exactly like in Austria or in Alta Badia.
“Currently the type of client is different, Cortina has few vacationers and many residents or people with a second home. But how cool would it be if the World Championships also attracted people who don’t care about competitive skiing?”. The kids close their eyes for a moment, and see a marquee playing music from the end of the races until midnight, famous djs playing their hits between rounds, venues full of cultural initiatives to meet the desires of older people. And at the end of the event, what would be left? “In addition to unforgettable days, the idea that we can also be modern, like our grandparents of 1956”. After all, life is like skiing: if you’re not brave, if you only look behind yourself and don’t refresh your style, not only will you not go fast and be outdone by the others, buy you’ll even risk falling and never getting back up.