Date of Birth:  December 27, 1972
 Place of Birth: Bolzano, Italy
 Residence: Canmore, AB
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'10"
 Weight: 185 lbs

When Thomas Grandi travels to Italy for the 2006 Olympics, it will be a homecoming of sorts for the Canadian alpine skier. The son of Italian parents, Grandi was actually born while his family was vacationing in Bolzano - a ski resort town in the Italian Alps. Two years later, his parents would immigrate to Banff, Alberta with Thomas and his two older sisters Vania and Astrid.

It was watching his sisters ski that first got the youngest Grandi interested in the sport. An avid downhill racer, it wasn't until he blew out his knee as a 16-year-old and on the advice of his now-late father that the youngster first turned to the technical events.

Five years later, in 1993, he would earn a spot on the National Alpine Team. Over the years, Grandi paid his dues toiling in the slalom, disciplines that Canadians have not traditionally been known for.

As one of the elder statesmen of the program, Grandi enjoyed his breakout year during the 2004-05 season, winning back-to-back World Cup giant slalom races at Alta Badia, Italy and Flauchau, Austria respectively. He became the first Canadian man to win a technical event in World Cup skiing.

His third-place ranking in the giant slalom at the end of last season was another solid accomplishment, marking the first time a Canadian man has finished a season ranked in the top three since Rob Boyd's third in the downhill in 1988.

Grandi has never finished better than 12th in either of his previous trips to the Olympics (1994, 2002), but is hopeful 2006 will be third time lucky.

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