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History of Interbancario

The Interbancario saga all started in 1961, on the ski slopes of Nevegal near Belluno. The initiative came from the Staff Sports Club of the former Cassa di Risparmio di Verona Vicenza e Belluno, but who could have imagined, all that time ago, that a firm’s sporting activities would develop into an international event of near Olympic standing and become a recognised fixture on the winter sports calendar?

The notes which follow give some idea how a regional Saturday competition “with prize awards in the evening” developed as time passed into an international event involving hundreds of athletes and a full week’s programme of official and complementary races for men and women, including giant slalom, cross-country events, individual placings for each day of events and a final points classification for the Banks involved.

The “Meeting Interbancario” (as it was originally called) in fact began as a giant slalom event for bank employees along the lines of the ski championships for banks held in the three Veneto provinces, with a few outsiders from Lombardy and Piedmont thrown in for good measure. Sixty-three competitors from fifteen different banks took part in the first year, with Dario Cordara from the Lombardy Savings Bank Cariplo coming first in the B category and Gianangelo Castagnetti of the Verona Savings Bank winning the A category.

Scarcely a year later the numbers soar to a hundred and thirty contestants representing 26 banks, coming from places as far apart as Trieste and Turin, from Sondrio and Bolzano, from Cortina and Tarvisio, from Reggio Emilia and Trento, not forgetting Verona of course, all threateningly descending on Belluno in cohorts of “Head Office” and mini “Branch Office” formations.

In 1964, after three consecutive years on the Nevegal slopes and following the tragic flooding at Vajont, the Verona Savings Bank passes the baton to the Turin Savings Bank, which organises the event at Bardonecchia. This Meeting marks the entry of increasingly large numbers of banks and the involvement of a whole series of well-known and well-loved alpine ski resorts in the years which lie ahead. Interbancario thus becomes linked to resorts like Selva di Val Gardena, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Passo del Tonale, San Martino di Castrozza, Sestriere, Bormio, Moena.

Again in 1964 swelling numbers of competitors bring about the start of a new category, C and two years later in 1966 it is the turn of the girls with their F category.

But it is not until 1967 in Cortina d’Ampezzo that the Interbancario starts to go international. With the subtitle of “First European Criterium” the event becomes European, with Erich Loeffler of the Hypo Bank of Munich top in the C category and the first “foreign” winner.

Twenty-five years later, once more in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Interbancario Jubilee is proud to total a record 2,314 official entrants.

Continuous development has lead to a maximum number of 24 categories and to today’s 20 categories (alpine and cross country skiing), with individual cross-country for men (single category) starting in 1972 in Moena. Scarcely one year later two categories for men are added (“General” and “Gentlemen”) as well as a single “Women” category.

The first Interbancario to be staged abroad is the 1973 event in Lienz, Austria, jointly organised by the Oesterreische National Bank, Vienna and the Erste Oesterreische Sparkasse, Vienna.

In the years to follow further “firsts” will be held in Germany (Garmisch Partenkirchen, 1976), Switzerland (Disentis, 1978), France (Val d’Isère, 1987) and Norway (Lillehammer, 1996).

The introduction of the cross-country relays (Courmayeur, 1977) goes hand in hand with an increasing number of banks taking part from the far North, with new names like the Kansallis-Osake-Pankki and the Union Bank of Finland, both from Helsinki, and Den norske Creditbank from Oslo.

The official name of the event also undergoes change as the process of internationalisation continues. “Meeting Interbancario-Criterium Europeo” (1972), “Meeting Interbancario Europeo” (1974), and the current trade mark “Ski Meeting Interbancario Europeo” which goes back to 1976 and is registered in Geneva with the OMPI world organisation for intellectual property.

A new chapter is added to the Interbancario Roll of Honour with each new event, recording the resorts which host the competitions, the winners in each category and the banks which take first place in the special final classifications. At the same time it also mentions the difficulties and the challenges faced and handled, thanks to the efforts of the banks and all those concerned, without whose precious help the uninterrupted success of this event, year in, year out, would not be possible.

Even though the staff sports club context of the first years has given way to a more serious and convinced approach and the events are of a higher technical and spectacular level and undoubtedly enjoy greater recognition in the world of sports, the Interbancario remains, first and foremost, a Sports Festival in the true sense of the word, a chance to meet new and familiar faces in an atmosphere of friendly, healthy competition.

In the long history of the Interbancario, which - it is worth remembering once again - has become the most important winter sports event for banks, pride of place rightly goes to the Standing Committee, the international governing and safeguarding body set up in Moena in 1972 and consisting of representatives from the banks organising the event for the first ten years.

01 The founding fathers

Year

Name

Bank

1972-1996

Franco Ceccato

Cassa di Risparmio di Verona, Vicenza e Belluno - Verona 

1972-1983

Claudio Martini

Cassa di Risparmio di Verona, Vicenza e Belluno - Verona

1972-1986

Paul Ties

Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano - Bolzano 

1972-1977

Guido Nizardo

Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde - Milano

1972-1974

Mario Roncador

Cassa di Risparmio di Trento - Trento

1972-1980

Giovanni Franza

Istituto Bancario San Paolo di Torino - Torino

1972-2007

Adriano Bassi

Banca Piccolo Credito Valtellinese - Sondrio

 

02 Turnover - former members of the Standing Committee

Year

Name

Bank

1974-1988

GIORGIO GARBARI

Cassa di Risparmio di Trento - Trento

1974-1980

ALFRED PIETSCH

Österreichische Nationalbank - Wien

1974-1988

EMIL PAGLER

Erste Österreichische Sparkasse - Wien

1974-2006

GIORGIO GUGLIELMI

Cassa di Risparmio di Genova e Imperia - Genova

1976-1991

FRANCO DE PILATI

Banca di Trento e Bolzano - Trento

1976-1991

ERWIN NEIDL

Bayerische Hypotheken- und Wechselbank - München

1977-1981

DARIO CORDARA

Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde - Milano

1978-1981

ALFREDO MAINA

Cassa di Risparmio di Torino - Torino

1978-1983

GIANNI CATTANEO

Banca Commerciale Italiana - Milano

1979-1986

HANS SCHNEIDER

Credit Suisse - Zürich

1980-2014

GUSTL PROHACZKA

Österreichische Nationalbank - Wien

1980-2000

CARLO ANSELMO

Banco di Roma - Roma

1981-1986

ENZO CORTELLINI

Cassa di Risparmio di Torino - Torino

1981-2010

FRANCO TORRETTA

Banca Intesa - Milano, (ex CR Provincie Lombarde - Milano)

1981-1994

GERHARD FRIEDL

Bayerische Vereinsbank - München

1983-1989

GUIDO FOLETTI

Banca Commerciale Italiana - Milano 

1983-2017

GIANCARLO CHELINI

UniCredit S.p.A. - Verona (ex Cassa di Risparmio Verona Vicenza e Belluno)

1984-1988

FRANCO BAIOCCHI

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro - Roma  

1986-1996

MARKUS MALSINER

Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano - Bolzano

1986-1989

TONI KÄGI

Credit Suisse - Zürich

1987-1990

ALBERTO BARISANO

Banco di Roma - Roma

1987-1994

JEAN MARIE MANGIN

Crédit Agricole - Paris

1988-1990

ARMANDO CORRA’

Cassa di Risparmio di Trento - Trento

1988-2012

SEVERINO DINONI

BNL-Paribas - Roma ( Banca Nazionale del Lavoro - Roma) 

1989-2010

SERGIO RINALDI

Banca Intesa - Milano (ex Banca Commerciale Italiana - Milano)

1989-1997

DURI MATHIEU

Credit Suisse - Zürich

1990-1996

LORIS BRENTARI

Cassa di Risparmio di Trento - Trento

1990-2010

KARL DIEM

Deutsche Bank AG - München  

1991-2000

WERNER KALLEDER

Bayerische Hypotheken- und Wechselbank - München

1991-2017
 

BRUNO PROTO
 

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. (Chairman 1998-2017;
exponent of ex Banca di Trento e Bolzano - Trento)

1994-2003  

JOACHIM KNÖR

Bayerische Vereinsbank - München

1994-2017

PIERRE LANDRIEUX

Credit Agricole Sud Rhône Alpes - Grenoble

1996-2006

PAOLO PODETTI

Cassa di Risparmio di Trento - Trento

1996-2012

PAUL MAYR

Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano - Bolzano    

1998-2002

ROBERT MATHIEU

Credit Suisse - Zürich    

2000-2017

BJARTE EIKESETH

Nordea - Oslo

2002-2004

ERWIN FISCHER

Credit Suisse - Zürich

2004-2006

GERHARD FRIEDL

Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank AG - München

2004-2012

WERNER HASELBACH

Credit Suisse - Zürich

2007-2015

EVI ROHRHIRSCH

Hypovereinsbank AG (Unicredit Group) - München

2008-2014

LAURA BOCCADORO

Deutsche Bank S.p.A. - Milano

2008-2014

MAURO PICCINALI

Credito Valtellinese - Sondrio

03 Secretariat

Year

Name

Bank

1985-2012

SANDRA GUION

Unicredit - Verona (ex Cassa di Risparmio Verona Vicenza e Belluno - Verona)

2012-2013

MARIA SMANIO

Unicredit - Verona

2013-2016

EVELYN RIER

Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano / Südtiroler Sparkasse - Bolzano / Bozen