About Gloria and Giorgia
Born in the Italian Alps to an Austrian mum and an Irish dad, Gloria and Giorgia Lyons are perfectly placed to fulfil their ambitions of competing in major international sports events as Irish Alpine skiers.
Both girls moved with their parents from Bormio/Italy to their mother’s home village of Ramsau am Dachstein in 2004, building their love for Ireland with regular trips to their second home.
Skiing has always been a part of their lives with their first ski lessons at the age of three in Kindergarten – pretty much standard around here, in the Austrian Alps. And from the beginning their path to ski racing was clear.
Both Gloria and Giorgia started training with their local ski club, WSV Ramsau am Dachstein, when they started primary school. As part of the Ramsau ski club team, they entered their first regional competitions, participating in the U8 to U16 categories of the Bezirkscup.
The exceptional ski training at WSV Ramsau am Dachstein saw the girls’ ski racing improve steadily over the years. At U12, they started competing in Schülercup ski races against school children from across Styria, where they took on some of Austria’s fastest girls.
In September 2016, Gloria took part in the Irish Dry Slope Championships for the first time, and in 2017, Giorgia joined her in this adventure. Skiing in Ireland and getting to know their fellow Irish skiers made them eager to represent Ireland. The girls were selected for the Irish team in 2018’s international races. Starting in the Trofeu Borrufa in Andorra in January 2018, Gloria made it to the prestigious competitions in Abetone/Italy, Pinocchio sugli Sci, in March 2018.
In 2019, Giorgia was selected to represent Ireland again at FIS children's races, gaining valuable experience for the coming season. Currently, Giorgia is injured, she has ruptured her ACL and will have surgery in July. But she is determined to work hard and to get back on the slopes in 2020.
Gloria had a late start into the 2019 season, she took place at FIS races in Abetone Italy, and in Reiteralm Austria. In July, she will travel to Chile, she was accepted for the FIS Development Camp.