Studies, thesis on the Olympics, friendship and training. Who are Valentina Rodini and Federica Cesarini, the new Olympic champions
Wanted, desired, called. The seventeenth medal of the Italian Olympic expedition is “pulled” to the top step of the podium by Valentina Rodini And Federica Cesarini, in double lightweights. A historic success, honed second by second, because the 6’47 ”54 in the basin of Sea Forest Waterway – which is worth the gold ahead of France (+0 ”14) and Holland (+0” 49) – is the result of a match built without making mistakes. Beyond the limits and with courage, always with the oars in hand.
Golden companions At 1500 meters the blue were third (at 1 ”39 from Holland and also preceded by France), while at 1750 they seemed off the podium, threatened by Romania. The last 100 meters rewrote the race and a piece of the Italian sport encyclopedia, leading the tip of the boat to cross the finish line before everyone else. To the photofinish, with the thrill of uncertainty. At the end thumbs up and podium air. Then the screams of an unexpected triumph and the tears, full of the sacrifices of a path carried out with a clear goal. Together. The medal has the joy of the finest metal and listens to the hymn of Mameli in the background.
And of… laurel There victory it is the result of an excellent start and an action of strength and courage. A masterpiece of muscles, heart and head that comes fromcrew of graduates, which threw the essential ingredients for the most important race of life into the Sea Forest Waterway basin. The one he gave to tricolor rowing for women the first Olympic medal and that has brought the discipline back to success in the Games after 21 years (in Sydney, in 2000, the golden scratch was the four of sculls).
War machines Friendship, at times, is the secret of great achievements: “Even if sometimes we quarrel it is only because we care. I’m happy to have you as a partner ”, wrote Valentina on social media a few months ago, dedicating a post to what is now the best companion of the sporting adventure. Why did the golden girls built a historic success piece by piece like a puzzle, in and out of the water.
Between Power supply (in light weights, women must not exceed 59 kg and the average crew must be 57 kg) e work out. From squats to tractions, passing through the classic rowing and cardio work (perhaps on a bicycle) in their workouts the focus is often on strengthening the legs, back and shoulder muscles, essential for gaining resistance and maintaining lucidity under stress. There is also space for core stability exercises such as the plank, in its static and dynamic variants.
Valentina Rodini Valentina is 26 years old, she is from Cremona and has a degree in Economics. Financier, has another Olympic experience behind her, that of Rio in 2016 (in which she had participated with Laura Milani, however, coming out of the repechage and finishing in thirteenth position) and arrived in Tokyo with Federica thanks to the victory of the final B at the last World Championships . “A project, a dream. And together it’s always better. Now everything is a little closer ”, he wrote a few weeks ago on social media. Close enough to touch gold with a finger.
Federica Cesarini “In 2006 before the Turin Winter Olympics, I took a picture with the Olympic torch and it was an immense emotion, I felt really thrilled and in that precise moment I realized what my goal would be. Now I’m here and I’m making my dream come true ”. Federica’s words and thoughts, policewoman, who only a few days ago had entrusted his feelings to social media. All enclosed in the bright eyes at the end of the race, which focus on the flashback that he “pulled” with her and her partner to Japan.
Graduated in Political Science (with a thesis entitled “Geopolitics of sport: the case of the Olympics”), is from Cittiglio – a town of just under 4,000 inhabitants in the province of Varese – and is at the first Olympics. Will celebrate 25 years old on August 2nd. The birthday present? This time comes early. And it couldn’t be more beautiful.
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