New talent on the Piccolo Tibet roster, which announces partnership with the world junior big air champion: great hope for 2026

Livigno, 22.11.2023 - The family expands, in Livigno, thanks to the new entry Flora Tabanelli, rising star of the Italian freestyle, already protagonist of some important exploits on the international stage. In particular, it was the last edition of the World Championships, staged in Cardrona, New Zealand, at the end of last August, to consecrate her among the most awaited talents of the next Olympic cycle, the one that will end on Livigno's snows, with the 2026 Milan Cortina Games.

Flora, born in 2007, after her initial approaches to alpine skiing, moved on to snowboard cross, before finally landing in freestyle skiing, where she immediately showed off her uncommon qualities. Great creativity and eclecticism are the main elements of her style, which have allowed her to rise rapidly within the category rankings, until she reached the top of the world rankings. An enormous potential, which has recently begun to manifest itself also in the eyes of the general public, starting from New Zealand, where Tabanelli was the protagonist of a very important rainbow kermesse. A historic relief, for our colours.

First the silver medal in slopestyle, a result that allowed her not only to record the best result ever for an Italian athlete, but also to surpass her brother Miro, bronze two years earlier, in Krasnoyarsk, in the same speciality. Then came the apotheosis of the big air, with a final of extraordinary technical and emotional calibre, dominated from start to finish and closed with the gold medal around his neck, obtained by effortlessly beating the competition of the two Chinese, Linshan Han, second, and Ruyi Yang, third.

The path of growth that awaits this young promise of our sport, who turned 16 on 20 November, is still long, but the technical, physical and character qualities that she has shown in this early career are the best calling card for her hopes and for the whole movement. The partnership with Livigno, venue of the Olympic snowboarding and freestyle competitions of the 2026 Games, and a location that has always been close to the freestyle culture, therefore represents the natural meeting point between the athlete and her future ambitions, in the conviction and hope that this relationship can help her and the whole movement to reach the highest goals.

"For me it's a wonderful opportunity to start this partnership with Livigno, knowing that I have a great team supporting me and that I can take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities for athletic preparation and winter training in the park. This is fantastic! It will be an opportunity to make new friends and to compare myself with the athletes who are part of the team: an important stimulus for me. Livigno is a place I know well and I really like going there because it has a great snowpark of international level where important competitions for my discipline also take place. I really like the idea of being there even more often": these are the words of an excited Flora, whose season started with the Big Air World Cup in Chur, and anxious to test her "new" home snow, the one that will soon see her as a great protagonist at international level and that will award the 2026 Olympic medals.


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