- Sport: Olympic Alpine Skiing
- Nation: Italy
- DOB: November 26, 1979
- Hometown: Pallanzeno
- Career Highlights: Italian giant slalom specialist Max Blardone psyches himself up so much in the starting gate that it often appears his eyeballs
are about to pop out of their sockets. He says he's more motivated than ever this year because he's taken on the added responsibility
of working with personal coaches and arranging his own training sessions. ... Blardone sits second to Ted Ligety in the World
Cup giant slalom standings entering the games, having won the highly technical GS on home snow in Alta Badia in December.
... Blardone thrives on the most challenging courses and he's worried the layout in Whistler might be too flat for his liking.
... Now 30, Blardone has been among the top giant slalom skiers for years, but has never performed up to expectations at a
big event. His best finishes at a major championship were fifths at the world championships in Val d'Isere, France, last season
and St. Anton, Austria, in 2001. At the Olympics, he placed eighth at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and 11th in Turin.
- Olympic History: 2006,2002