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KIRPU Erika

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Rank19
Pts80.000
Age29
HandR

Personal Information

Family Partner Enrico Garozzo

Residence Milan, ITA

Occupation Athlete, Communications Professional

Languages English, Estonian, Italian, Russian

Higher education Law - Tallinn University of Technology: Estonia

License number 22061992002

Club

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
World Cup1124
Legnano (ITALY), 2016-05-20Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA), 2015-02-13St-Maur (FRANCE), 2012-03-23
Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2017-05-05
World Championship--11
Kazan (RUSSIA), 2014-07-17
Grand Prix-123
Doha (QATAR), 2014-12-06Budapest (HUNGARY), 2012-02-25
Doha (QATAR), 2020-01-24
--11
Baku (AZERBAIJAN), 2015-06-23
3126
Turku (FINLAND), 2011-10-23Stockholm (SWEDEN), 2012-01-22Oslo (NORWAY), 2011-11-27
Stockholm (SWEDEN), 2019-09-22Turku (FINLAND), 2013-10-13
Turku (FINLAND), 2019-09-28

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She took up the sport at age seven, and began competing in 2004.

Why this sport? "My parents were both fencing coaches. They brought me to the salle as an infant, basically I grew up in the salle. I didn't even think I could be doing something else. As soon as they gave me my first epee, I realised it was mine and I would never let go of it."

Club / Team Tartu Kalev: Estonia

Name of coach Angelo Mazzoni [personal], ITA, from 2017

Handedness Right

General Interest

Sporting philosophy / motto "Out of difficulties grow miracles." (Facebook page, 13 Jun 2018)

Awards and honours She was part of Estonia's Team of the Year for 2013, 2014, and 2017. (Facebook page, 18 Jun 2018; laanlane.ee, 27 Dec 2017)

She was named the 2014 Best Female Athlete in Estonia. (Facebook page, 18 Jun 2018)

Famous relatives Her partner Enrico Garozzo has represented Italy in fencing. He was part of the men's epee squad that won team silver at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Her late father Viktor represented Estonia in fencing and served as head coach of the Estonian fencing team. Her mother Irina Satanenko has worked as a fencing coach at the Tartu Kalev club in Estonia. (delfi.ee, 03 Jun 2020; sport.ohtuleht.ee, 11 Oct 2018; sport.delfi.ee, 27 Jun 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 15 Jun 2017; tartupostimees.ee, 20 Apr 2012)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (academyoffencingmasters.com, 23 Jul 2020)

Other information TRAINING IN ITALY
In 2016 she moved to Italy to train with coach Andrea Candiani. The partnership ended the following year and she began working with Angelo Mazzoni. "I couldn't adapt to the eminent Italian coach Andrea Candiani. A year later, I started working with Mazzoni, who had just left the Russian Federation. I called him and asked to train with him. After that, I didn't get any more coaching from my dad [Victor Kirpu]. I completely trusted my new coach. Angelo Mazzoni is a very positive person, but it was still difficult to understand him, and it was difficult to adjust to each other. It's only been in the last year that we have begun to understand each other. He has a completely different concept of combat. He wants more creativity from me, more decisions on the piste. For him, there is no 'point, step, lunge, now I'll go and I will stab 15 times like that.' He wants creation. I have to build these creative moments, build on a logical chain. This is very interesting, and I just recently [speaking in 2020] began to understand it. It is necessary to be prepared for everything." (Instagram profile, 01 Feb 2021; Betsafe Baltimaad YouTube channel, 13 Jan 2021; academyoffencingmasters.com, 23 Jul 2020)

COACHED BY DAD
She was coached by her father Victor Kirpu during her junior and cadet years. In 2018 he passed away from lung cancer. "Though my childhood was cool, I still remember myself as being nervous and always unsatisfied. I don't even know why. Maybe it was because I didn't win. All of my life, I focused on the result. When I didn't win, everything seemed wrong to me. I drew my attention to all of the little things. Finally I started to show results in the cadets and juniors. My dad was the head coach of the Estonian junior and cadet teams and it was a great time for me, I call it my 'golden era'. We won many medals at the European championships, and once we even won the world junior championships in a team in 2010. It was a great period when I looked up to him all the time. He was an authority for me. In our club, he was an authority for everyone. This continued until about 2012, when I tried to qualify for the Olympic Games in London. I didn't qualify, but moved to senior level. When I told him that I probably needed something else, he understood and agreed with me. He said, 'That's all I can give you, and I don't mind if you want more.' My dad never left the role of a coach. It was impossible to pull him apart from this role in any way." (Betsafe Baltimaad YouTube channel, 13 Jan 2021; academyoffencingmasters.com, 23 Jul 2020; sport.err.ee, 11 Oct 2018)

OCCUPATION
In 2019 she began working as a communications specialist at a Swiss digital marketing company. "I think I've been lucky, I've found a job, and I can work from home. I want to have some fallback so that my income doesn't fully depend on fencing." (Betsafe Baltimaad YouTube channel, 13 Jan 2021; LinkedIn profile, 05 Oct 2020)

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