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Belmondo Retires

Stefania Belmondo, the leading Italian women's cross-country skier for the last 13 years (Manuela Di Centa won 2 Olympic gold medals in Lillehammer in 1994 and was also very dominant), stated on Thursday that she intends to retire.

After an illustrious career that saw her capture wins in World Cup, World Championship and Olympic races, Belmondo will leave racing behind with the hope of continuing on in the Italian federation or in the organization of 2003 World Championships in Val di Fiemme or the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Belmondo, who hails from the Passo Coe ski club near Val di Fiemme, won her first world cup event in 1989 and ended her career with gold and silver at the 2002 Olympics.

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