7- Arianna Fontana: Italian short track speed skater
Arianna Fontana made history with Beijing 2022 women’s short track 500m gold. She has added another Olympic medal – and second-ever gold – to her collection after finishing first in the 500m in a record time of 42.488 seconds. This is the 10th Olympic medal of her career
About Arianna as an athlete, in her words
My life as an athlete is really simple: sleep, train, eat & repeat. I train twice a day on ice plus some extra workout off ice, like run, specific training for skating and weight sessions. I don’t have lot of free time, recovery is as important as training so I can’t really do extra activities, but when I can, I do something fun and I love to try new things, recently I went for my first ride on a helicopter, it was awesome!
I will say that I am fortunate to be well supported by sponsors and, in general, by the media, so I fill some of the time in-between practices with interviews and events. I try to stay focused and give the time I have to give. My training comes first and I make that a known priority.
Advice and motivational words to the inspiring and budding speed skaters
You will become the best cyclist you know. You will become the strongest in the gym. You will become the best runner you know. After you do those things you have to learn how to skate. Skating is difficult. If you love it, chase after the most absurd goal you can force yourself to say out loud. You are the only one who can turn your dreams into your reality. I suggest you find someone who has been where you want to go or who has guided someone like you. If you don’t have ice close to you, jump on some inline skates and enjoy the road somewhere. They are great cross trainers because of the increased friction. It is where I began my journey. Good luck!
Athletes often face injuries and other difficulties, would you like to tell the audience about how to cope with and make a comeback after an injury?
For all athletes, it’s always hard to stop training after an injury, we all want to go back to training right away. But most of the time it’s better to take some days off, recover from the injury and come back stronger. A few years ago I hurt my knee two weeks before the World Championships, I didn’t skate or train for almost a week, I was so worried that I was not going to perform, but then I got to Moscow for the Worlds and I won the first race, finishing second overall. You gotta believe in the work that you already put in and trust yourself, if you’re ready, you know it!
For major injuries, it is even more important to take time to recover but rehabbing as quickly as the doctor advises is critical. NEVER let that scare tissue build up. Work as much as you can within reason and your recovery will move along nicely.
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It isn’t easy to find ice to skate on and after all it is still summer, I propose celebrating 18 years by going outside and roller skating. It is perfect total body exercise and tones your legs and butt. It is cardio you can do with friends. But, remember to always be safe. Find a path where there are no cars and wear protection for your knees, elbows, and a helmet for your head. Do it with friends and you’ll love the results and easy inspiration you get from the people around you.
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