Marta Bassino was born in Cuneo on February 27th 1996, middle daughter out of three siblings. She was already on skis at the age of two, thanks to her father, who coached her for more than ten years and still accompanies her today on this path, giving her advice and support. Since her tender age she attracted the attention of coaches and ski experts by her talent and her peculiar skiing style, cutting through snow with lightness and drawing lines impossible to replicate by others. Nevertheless, she did this without having a beast-like physique – as a matter of fact, she didn’t need one: a potential disadvantage turned quickly into an added value.
But Marta’s love for snow and skiing was far from immediate: not because she disliked the sport, but because the cold (actually, she often describes herself as a lizard, always looking for sun’s heat), and the early mornings took a while to grow on her. Luckily, in her family sport was first and foremost a matter of fun: during her childhood she was also introduced to athletics, tennis (which are still part of her normal workout and preparation program), diving and gymnastics. Thanks to this polyhedric background, she perfectly learned how to know and respect her own body and developed an accurate perception of it in the space, gaining a tremendous combination of agility and strength skills.
She competed with the “Val Vermenagna” ski club until the age of 15; then in 2011 she was called up in the “Alpi Occidentali” (Western Alps) regional team of the Italian Skiing Federation FISI.
During the 2011-2012 season she caused a sensation by winning three titles at the junior National championships; widely recognised as an exceptional talent, she was immediately aggregated to the B-national squad and made her debut in the European Cup, earning immediately some good results (e.g. a 12th and 16th place in two downhills held at Sankt Anton im Arlberg).
In the 2012-2013 Marta took part in the World Junior Championship in Le Massif (Canada), carrying out a 6th place in the downhill (being the only 1996 birth athlete in the final top 10); in 2013 she was also recruited by the Italian Army skiing team (C.S. Esercito), which permitted her to professionalize her passion.
Permanently named in the B-national squad for the 2013-2014 season, Marta improved her performances in European Cup, earning several top-ten rankings and finally a 1st and 2nd place on the Sestriere olympic track. During the same season she also took part in the World Junior Championship in Jasna (Slovakia), becoming champion in the giant and securing the possibility to made her debut in the 2014 World Cup Finals at Lenzerheide (Switzerland).
Recognizing her excellent performances, the Italian Federation chose to give her a permanent place in the main squad to take part into 2014-2015 World Cup; Marta showed no sign of letting up and made several top 10 and top 20 rankings, making also her debut in the 2015 World Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek (USA). She finally grabbed the 22nd place in the World Cup Giant Slalom standing. In july 2015 she also graduated at the Limone Piemonte Sport High School.
Marta grew up a lot over few seasons, becoming more aware of how she was and what she wanted. Becoming a permanent member of the World Cup italian squad, she found her confidence step by step. Every season turned out in a learning opportunity and added something to her skiing, to her physical abilities and maybe most importantly to her mental game.”
So in 2015-2016 season Marta landed with more regularity in the Top Ten in the World Cup, earning points not only in giant slalom, but also in alpine combined and downhill, finishing 45th in the overall World Cup and and 13th in the giant slalom classification. From 2016 to 2019 Marta went on improving: she gains her first World Cup podiums (mostly in giant slalom, but also in alpine combined) and refines her performances in almost all disciplines. At her very first appearance in the Winter Olympic Games (Pyeongchang 2018) she finished 5th in giant slalom, fighting for a medal for almost the whole race. Of course from time to time there were also some setbacks, but Marta always dealt with them positively, as opportunities to learn something and improve.
In the 2019-2020 season, Marta finally found her flow, claiming her first World Cup victory in Killington’s giant slalom and earning podiums in five disciplines (being the first italian skier ever to reach such results), finishing 5th in the overall World Cup standing and 4th in the giant slalom one. And the following 2020-2021 season marks Marta’s definitive consecration, as she monopolizes the giant slalom season (winning the World Cup trophy by a comfortable margin) and earns the gold medal in the parallel at the 2021 World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
And once again she doesn’t want to give it a mark: she wants to continue at the same pace, going on learning to handle the races, the competition, the fans, her own expectations and her own body.
Marta is definitely in skiracing’s “to-watch” list, thanks to her incredibile talent bounded by a driving ambition, strenght of will and seriousness while on skis. Her down-to-earthiness and eagerness, alongside with a naturally handsome attitude, gives her an increasing popularity amongst the fans too.
Then, during the off-season, Marta is a pretty normal girl in her 20s: she resides in Borgo San Dalmazzo, Province of Cuneo (in the Italian region Piedmont) and her main hobbies are reading books, hiking in the mountains, spending time with family and friends and riding motorbikes.