Ms Manuela DI CENTA

Entry in the IOC 1999
Born 31 January 1963
Games Participated 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998
Athlete profile
Manuela DI CENTA
Ms Manuela DI CENTA

Ms Manuela DI CENTA



Bachelor in political science


Member of the Italian Parliament (2006-); Anchor woman, journalist

Sports practised

Cross-country skiing, athletics, mountaineering, mountain running

Sports career

Participated in five editions of the Olympic Winter Games: Sarajevo 1984, Calgary 1988, Albertville 1992 (bronze medallist in 4x5km relay), Lillehammer 1994 (gold medallist in 15km and 30km, silver medallist in 5km and pursuit, bronze medallist in 4x5km relay), Nagano 1998 (bronze medal in 4x5km relay); seven-time medallist at World Championships (three silver and four bronze); winner of the World Cup seasons 1993/1994 and 1995/1996; 22 national titles; first Italian woman to conquer Everest (flew the Olympic flag on top of the world at 8,850 m) (2003)

Sports administration

Member (1996-) then President (1996 and 1998-2002) of the National Athletes’ Commission; IOC Athlete's Commission Representative on the Foundation Board of the Word Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) (1999-2002); member of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) Executive Board (2000-); First Vice-President of the CONI (2005-2006); Board member of the International Olympic Truce Foundation (IOTF) (2013-)

IOC History

IOC Member from 1999 to 2010; Honorary Member since 2010; Member of the following Commissions: Athletes’ (1998-2010), ’IOC 2000’ (1999), Radio and Television (2001-2010)