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Information about Family Schmalzl - Impressive family story

The Family Schmalzl has got deep artistic roots - Gunnar’s great-great-grandfather is the famous artist Josef Moroder Lusenberg from Ortisei Val Gardena

House Lusenberg (Jumbierch), with garden and in the background Bulla and Bullacia, 1918 Oil on canvas.

Josef Moroder Lusenberg (* 1846 in Ortisei Val Gardena; † 1939) .
The artist Josef Moroder Lusenberg is the most important ladin painter. The last large exhibition of his works was in Innsbruck (A) in 1973. An exhibition of his water colors  was in Bolzano (I) in 1985. From his large number of drawings, paintings and woodcarvings, the water colours are probably the least known of all. In these you can see his characteristic and independence, and the unusual artistic ability.

Josef was the fourth of eight children. He lost his father when he was eight years old. After autodidactic drawing and carving attempts, he pulled to Munich. He was thirty, and at that time he was married for the second time. His first wife, Anna Maria Sanoner, died after the birth of the fourth child. The second wife was Felizita Unterplatzer, who bore him further eleven children.

At the academy of arts in Munich his teachers were Knabl, Löffz and Dietz (1876-1880). From 1880-84 he was a pupil of Franz von Defregger. Here, Josef Moroder came also in contact with the local art currents, with the history and genre painting of Franz von Defregger, and with the idealism and realism of the two years older William Leibl. Trough the friendship with Defregger, the art travels he made with him in the Trentino and the order to copy his pictures, Josef Moroder got in his own creations sometimes into considerable dependence of the extraordinarily admired master.

Josef may have acquired the good nature observation already as a child in the rural environment and working in the fields and forest at the birth house of Scurcià in Ortisei. Countless sketches and drawings show his children and grandchildren. In the demanding water colour technique he portrayed a number of people, who were noticeable by their marked characteristics. They are realistic and the colours harmony with the background. This fine chromatic harmony is not only present in the excellent portraits, but also in the interiors, the old living rooms, kitchens and cabins and in the fresh landscape water colours of different seasons.

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Carolina Kostner

In our family Schmalzl we have also a young personality. Carolina Kostner ist Gunnars cousin.
Carolina Kostner born February 8, 1987 in Bolzano is an Italian figure skater.

Her mother, Patrizia, was a nationally ranked figure skater in the 1970s and her father, Erwin, played ice hockey for the Italian national team at the World Championship and Olympic games.

Carolina Kostner made her senior European debut in the 2002-2003 season, finishing 4th at the European championships. On 19 march 2005 she wins the bronze medal at the World Championships in Moscow. She won the Italian national title and went on to win her first European title at the 2007 European Figure Skating Championships in Warsaw. She won her second European title at the 2008 European Figure Skating Championships in Zagreb after winning the short program and placing second in the free skate. At the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships, Kostner won the short program and placed third in the free skate, winning the silver medal overall. In January 2009 she won the silver medal at the 2009 European Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki.

She is still training with Michael Huth in Oberstdorf (Germany) and splits her time between Obertsdorf and Turin.

Kostner was chosen to be flag bearer for the host Italian team during the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics. At the Olympics, she placed 9th.

At the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France, Kostner finished third in the short program and first in the free skating with a new personal best score to take the gold. She became Italy's first World champion in ladies' singles and second in any discipline after Fusar-Poli / Margaglio in 2001.[ Kostner's final event of the season was the 2012 World Team Trophy, where she competed as part of the Italian team. She set a new personal best score in the short program but was only third in the free skate, and finished 2nd overall.

Kostner is famous for her fast speed over the ice. She lands triple-triple combinations, most consistently the triple flip – triple toe lop, in competition.

Saison 2012-2013/ After an impressive free skate and a good short program, Carolina won her 5th European title on 26.january 2013 in Zagreb! Carolina was 2nd after the short program ("A Transylvanian Lullaby & The Devil's Trill") receiving 64.19 points. She completed a wonderful 3loop but had a fall on the second jump of her 3-3 combination. In the free program"Bolero", she skated very well too and scored 130. 52 points (60.24 TES & 70.28 PCS), which is a new personal best for her.
This is Carolina's 5th European title after 2007, 2008, 2010 & 2012 and the 8th consecutive podium finish at European Championships.

Amazing finish to this year's competitive season: Carolina won silver at the World Championships 2013 in London (Canada)! She fought through a nose bleed and showed 5 perfect triple jumps in her program, including a beautiful 3lutz as well as a 3flip3toe combination. Apart from two mistakes on the loop and final salchow, she received high levels for all her other elements and was rewarded with a great PCS score. She earned a new personal best score of 131.03 points (61.34 + 70.69) and adds another silver to her world medals! This is Carolina's 20th consecutive podium finish and her 5th medal at World Championships.

In January 2014 Kostner announced she had changed her competitive programs. At the 2014 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Kostner won the bronze medal, her 9th podium in a row in the continental competition.

At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Kostner was in third place after the short program, with a score of 74.12, just 0.8 behind leader, and reigning Olympic champion, Kim Yuna of South Korea. She ultimately won the bronze medal after the free skate, with a total score of 216.73.

One month later, at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan, Kostner placed second in the short program with a score of 77.24, her personal best and third result ever, setting the new world record in program component score with 37.46; then, after the free program, Kostner won the bronze medal overall, even though she was disappointed by her free skate (Kostner singled two of her jumps and fell on another jump).

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