The woman with her various athletic talents - cross-country skiing, mountain biking, racing cycling, winter triathlon - is born in La Villa.
Maria Canins, born in 1949 in La Villa, is one of the most famous inhabitants and athletes of the Alta Badia. From 1969 to 1982 she was a very successful cross-country skier - 15 times she was Italian champion in this sport, 10 times she won the local “Marcialonga” cross-country ski race. Moreover she was the first Italian to win the Swedish long-distance Vasa-race (Vasaloppet).
When she was 32 years old, she became famous in another sport, which is cycling. The “Flying Mom” (La mammina volante), how she was affectionately called as she already had a child when she started her cycling career, won the Giro d’Italia Femminile in 1988, the Tour de l’Aude Féminin in 1887 as well as - in the two years previously - the Tour de France Féminin. At the 1988 UCI Road World Championships, she was crowned World Champion in the time-team-race (50 km).
In 1995 Maria Canins switched to mountain biking and winter triathlon and also in these sports she was - of course - successful. For long years she has been the representative of the local Maratona dles Dolomites. She still lives in her native Alta Badia. Really an amazing woman!