Sofia Raffaeli among Europeans, parents, sport: “I never stop”

After two gold and silver medals at the European Championships in Tel Aviv, the 18-year-old Italian champion is preparing for the exams: “I’m in the gym 7-8 hours a day, but I don’t weigh myself.”

Chiara Zucchelli

At just 18, the Maturity to face tomorrow, the three European medals, two of which are gold, the love of the gym, pizza and music. The passion for gymnastics and sleep, who knows, will one day do an exercise on the notes of Bit by bitby Rino Gaetano, which is his favorite song despite his very young age. Sofia Raffaelithe “atomic ant”, it’s all that and more. And he explains it, happy but a little tired, as he drives back from Milan, where he has just landed from Tel Aviv, to Chiaravalle, where he lives with his parents and his brother: “During the week – he clarifies – I’m in Fabriano is more comfortable for me because I train there. ”

Let’s start with that, with training. Yours is a very fast paced life.

“Yes, I train from 8.30 am until lunch time, then I eat, I rest briefly and at 2.30 pm I resume until 6 pm. Then I go to school until 8 p.m. Dinner, some study and in bed. From Monday to Friday”.

A life that involves many sacrifices, unusual for an eighteen-year-old.

“For me they are not, I do what I like, I never weigh myself.”

Also because the results come: fourth place in the individual, then gold for the hoop and clubs, silver for the ball.

“It was all very exciting and that pushes me to do it even better.”

Not even the time to rejoice in the medals that there is another appointment soon.

“I start my high school graduation on Wednesday. Now I’m going to rest for a while and then tomorrow for the last review. “

“Institute of Human Sciences. Then I would like to continue, I still don’t know what to choose in college. ”

“Mathematics, even if it has little to do with my studies.”

And in the gym? What do you like to do most?

“I train with music and tools, but in general I really like to train and work because then I’m happy to see the results.”

Speaking of music: do you listen to it a lot?

“It simply came to our notice then. Both today and in the past. My favorite song is Bit by bit of Rino Gaetano “.

You said in the past that you don’t like social media very much: is that always the case?

“I use them in the right way, what I need for my sport and for fun. But I’m not a slave to it. “

How are you doing with food? Do you do it, despite your young age, or do you have someone to follow you?

At the moment I manage, I talk to my coach (Julieta Cantaluppi, ed), but in general I know what to do. Carbohydrates for lunch, meat and vegetables for dinner. Without exaggerating, with a whim from time to time ”.

“I really like pizza and ice cream.”

You will also have enjoyed winning two golds and one silver at the European Championships and entering the history of rhythmic gymnastics. No Italian had ever managed to become European champion.

“It was wonderful, maybe I still didn’t realize everything. At the age of 4 I started doing artistic gymnastics, then I switched to rhythmic and I never gave up. It’s my life.”

Did your grandfather accompany you to training, did you hear him after the victories?

“Yes, of course, Grandpa Nello is as important to me as my whole family is. I dedicate these medals to them and I also thank the Fiamme Oro, the Federation and the Gymnastics Fabriano. Every person was important. “

Do you compare yourself to a mental trainer?

“We have a psychologist, Dr. Mauro Gatti, at the Federation’s disposal, and I feel very comfortable with him.”

When you don’t train, study, and compete, what do you do?

“I am with family, friends and watching TV series. The Paper House I really liked them, I watch the ones that everyone sees on Netflix. ”

You’re not the only one in the family doing sports, your brother is there too.

“Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either.

Do you also like football at home?

“No, not really. I look at aerobics, artistic gymnastics, in short, things that have more or less to do with my sport.”

Will you get a tattoo to celebrate European gold?

“I don’t have any at the moment, I don’t think I do.”

Last question: plans for the summer?

“Maturity and then I train again. There are the World Games and then the World Cup in September. I have to think about it, I don’t have much time for the sea and the holidays “.

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