Felix Denicoló

They were called the twins of the Val Gardena, but it was the older of the two, Felix Denicoló, who continued competing until 1970, the year of the World Ski Championships in Val Gardena Carletto Senoner retired first, winning a Slalom World Championship in Portillo.

At the age of 17 Felix won the European Downhill and Giant Slalom Championships in Jahorina, Bosnia. The following year, in Sestriere, he became European Downhill and Combined Champion. He continued to be a member of the Italian National Alpine Ski team until the World Championships in Val Gardena, in 1970.

In 1960, at the age of 17, he competed in his first Olympic Games in Squaw Valley. The following year he finished 6th in the Downhill in Val Gardena and 8th on the Lauberhorn.

In 1962, he won his first national title, in Bormio, in the Special Slalom and competed in the World Championships in Chamonix, where he finished 8th in the Giant Slalom.

In 1964 his preparations for the Innsbruck Olympics were interrupted by an accident. He became Italian Champion in the Downhill on the Abetone.

In 1965, having fully recovered, he finished 8th in the Downhill in Wengen and 3rd in the Combined, behind Karl Schranz and Hugo Nindl. He took 5th place in the Slalom in Kitzbühel.

In 1966 he finished 5th in the Slalom in Hindelang, 6th in Adelboden and 2nd in Saalbach in the Giant. He finished 8th in the Combined at the World Championships in Portillo, but came away embittered by the irregularities, that lead to his start number in the Giant Slalom being switched.

In 1967 he won both the Slalom and Giant Slalom national titles in Courmayeur.

Following a brief drop in form he recovered to finish 1st in the '3-Tre' in Madonna di Campiglio.
Bardonecchia saw him win the Combined at the Italian Championships. His career drew to a close following the World Ski Championships in 1970 in Val Gardena and in December of that year announced the opening of the Hotel Pralong!