Family Partner Mariavittoria Cozzella
Occupation Armed Forces Athlete
Languages English, Italian
Higher education Physical Education - Sapienza University: Rome, ITA
License number 22111989000
|Paris (FRANCE), 2018-01-19||Le Caire (EGYPT), 2016-10-21||Espinho (PORTUGAL), 2008-03-15|
|Paris (FRANCE), 2019-01-11||Le Caire (EGYPT), 2017-10-20||Bonn (GERMANY), 2015-02-06|
|Tokyo (JAPAN), 2019-12-13||St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2018-05-04||Tokyo (JAPAN), 2019-01-25|
|St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2019-05-03||Bonn (GERMANY), 2019-11-08|
|Le Caire (EGYPT), 2020-02-21|
|Paris (FRANCE), 2022-01-14|
|Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-21|
|Düsseldorf (GERMANY), 2019-06-17|
|Turin (ITALY), 2016-12-02||Shanghai (CHINA), 2017-05-19||Shanghai (CHINA), 2011-05-09|
|Shanghai (CHINA), 2019-05-17||Shanghai (CHINA), 2016-06-03|
|Turin (ITALY), 2017-12-01|
|Turin (ITALY), 2019-02-08|
|Anaheim, California (USA), 2019-03-15|
|Baku (AZERBAIJAN), 2015-06-25|
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport at age six at the Circolo Scherma Terni club in Italy.
Why this sport? He followed his older brother into the sport. "I fell in love with the sport and the people I met - maybe that's why I lost my head in fencing."
Club / Team Circolo Scherma Terni [ITA] / CS Aeronautica Militare [ITA]:
Name of coach Filippo Romagnoli [personal]
Training Regime He had outdoor training sessions with fitness coach Walter Cutri in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympic Games. "In my first years as a professional I only did weights to develop strength, but then thanks to Walter I realised I had to develop complex strength. Lifting a rock that has an uncomfortable and unbalanced shape forces you to use internal resources, in addition to just muscle strength. Balancing on tree branches follows the same principle - coordination, strength and concentration, as well as doing exercises on uneven ground and at adverse temperatures."
Hobbies Watching movies and television series. (sport.sky.it, 24 Jul 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning two gold medals at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. (sport.sky.it, 24 Jul 2018)
Hero / Idol Italian fencer Simone Vanni. (repubblica.it, 25 Jul 2018)
Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Federazione Italiana Scherma Facebook page, 04 Feb 2021)
Other information PATIENCE PAYS OFF
He was not selected for the Italy fencing team ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, his friend Daniele Garozzo won gold in individual foil in Brazil, which inspired Foconi to refocus on his own career. His results steadily improved over the next two years, and he went on to win gold in both individual foil and team foil at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. "Watching [Garozzo] winning gold made me very happy but at the same time it changed something inside of me, it sparked a crazy desire to join him. I committed myself like mad. I had been the ugly duckling, suffering many blows. I had watched a lot competitions from the stands because I got eliminated. But all of it was helpful. I recognised the benefits of not quitting. I have always smiled and had the will to never surrender. I am the example of someone who works hard and achieves his goal." (sport.sky.it, 24 Jul 2018)
He has coached young fencers at the Circolo Scherma Terni club in Italy. "If I can be a role model for all the kids that approach fencing or whatever other sport, teaching them that with sacrifice and will they can go far, I will be very honoured." (avvenire.it, 05 Sep 2018)
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