Enrico Colli

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEnrico•Colli
Used nameEnrico•Colli
Nick/petnamesLa Locomotiva Umana
Born11 December 1896 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno (ITA)
Died28 May 1982 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno (ITA)
AffiliationsSC Cortina, Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA)
NOC Italy


Nicknamed “the human locomotive”, Enrico Colli began competing locally in 1914, using handcrafted skis. At the outbreak of World War I, he was called to arms in the Austro-Hungarian Army (Cortina d’Ampezzo at the time was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) and was placed as standschützen in the Enneberg-Marebbe battalion. He fought in Son Pòuses, on the Col di Lana, and in Valparola.

Colli resumed his competitive career at the end of the war, participating in numerous national and international competitions. In 1920 he won the first of his four national titles and, in the same year, competed at the 1924 Chamonix Winter Olympics. He retired in 1926.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) ITA Enrico Colli
18 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 12
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 9

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