Marta Menegatti is an Italian beach volleyball player who plays as a left-side defender with her partner Viktoria Orsi Toth. With former teammate Greta Cicolari, she achieved a career-high world ranking of No. 4 in August 2012. Her career highlights include two gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals on the FIVB World Tour. She is also the 2011 European champion and the 2013 Mediterranean Games champion, both achieved with Cicolari. Menegatti represented Italy at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.
Born into a sporting family, Menegatti started playing indoor volleyball at the age of nine. Her transition to beach volleyball began six or seven years later and she made her international debut in 2006. A decorated junior player, she medalled at four age-group World and European Championships with different partners. Menegatti debuted on the World Tour with Cicolari in 2009. The pair entered the top ten of the world rankings by their third year and medalled at seven World Tour events. Menegatti later teamed up with Orsi Toth and reached the podium five more times over the next three years, including her first World Tour title in 2015. She is the 2011 FIVB Most Improved Player.
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Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Marta Menegatti, an Italian beach volleyball player, twice Gold medalist FIVB World Tour here she talks about her workout, diet, hair care, skincare routine and her success story.
You were born in Rovigo, Italy into a sporting family; you started playing indoor volleyball at the age of nine. Your transition to beach volleyball began six or seven years later and you made your international debut in 2006 at the Challenger and Satellite circuit. This later propelled your career to the height where you have been at the top of the world as a beach volleyball player. Tell us more about your professional journey of exceptionally hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
Looking back now, after 13 years that I’ve been playing professionally, I realize of how much effort and obsession I’ve been putting into reaching my goals individually and as a team. I believe that beach volleyball could be summarized in a single concept: resiliency. To live off of this sport from a young age, made me understand how losing or winning is just transitional and how it is up to us to decide if we want to give up or persevere. It all comes down to courage, questioning them day by day, and building trust in us.
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