The big guy from local Passiria valley (184 cm and 88 kg) managed to capture his second World Cup victory after winning, once again against expectations, the Downhill in Kvitfjell in Norway on February 29th, ahead of Bode Miller.
Werner is 26 years old, born in Meran and currently lives in St. Leonhard in the Passiria valley located in the western region of South Tyrol. He has found success later in his professional skiing life because his career was marked by numerous injuries. His first appearance on the World Cup circuit dates back to 2001 in Bormio. His first relevant successes were in 2006/07 when he placed ninth in Kvitfjell and 12th in Lake Louise, both in the Downhill discipline. He continued to grow in 2007/08, placing sixth in the Downhill in Lake Louise and even first ahead of Bode Miller in Kvitfjell demonstrating that he is in agreement with that particular course. He competed in 63 Europe Cup races, placing two podiums and 63 World Cup races winning two gold and one bronze. His equipment is Rossignol. He is an extrovert, and has a lot of personality to go around which is why he quickly became one of the most charismatic skiers within the Italian national ski team.