Family Husband Andrea Lo Coco, son Samuele 
Languages English, Italian
Higher education Sports Science - Tor Vergata University of Rome: Italy
License number 18071985004
|Doha (QATAR), 2012-02-11||Barcelone (SPAIN), 2015-01-23|
|Barcelone (SPAIN), 2016-01-22|
|Tallin (ESTONIA), 2017-10-20|
|Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-19|
|Doha (QATAR), 2015-12-05||Budapest (HUNGARY), 2012-02-25|
|Budapest (HUNGARY), 2018-03-23||Doha (QATAR), 2017-12-08|
|Cali (COLOMBIA), 2019-05-03|
|Doha (QATAR), 2020-01-24|
|Genève (SWITZERLAND), 2019-10-06|
When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age 10 at the Societa Gemina Scherma club in San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy.
Why this sport? "I got into the sport almost by accident. In the summer I was canoeing with my older sister Grazia and my parents told us about fencing and how we could take it up during the winter. Grazia took it up first with my brother Enrico, then I tried it with my other sisters."
Club / Team CS Esercito [ITA] / AS Udinese Scherma [ITA]:
Name of coach Roberto Cirillo; Andrea Lo Coco [physical trainer]
Training Regime On a typical training day she does fencing training in the morning, followed by a physiotherapy session. In the afternoon she focuses on physical training.
Hobbies Photography, travel, cycling, cooking. (maranavarria.it, 26 May 2019, 03 Dec 2020; Instagram profile, 11 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in individual epee at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. (FIE Fencing Channel YouTube channel, 16 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Work is a profession, free time is an art." (Facebook page, 15 Jun 2019)
Awards and honours In 2019 she was awarded the Villa Montallegro Trophy at the Liguria Sports Gala in Italy. (stellenellosport.com, 28 May 2019)
Famous relatives Her sister Caterina and her brother Enrico have both represented Italy in fencing. Enrico was 15th in individual sabre at the 2009 World Junior Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland, while Caterina won silver in team sabre at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. Her husband Andrea Lo Coco has served as physical trainer of the Italy national fencing team. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Jul 2015; pianetascherma.com, 24 Apr 2014; Andrea Lo Coco Twitter profile, 06 May 2019)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (ansa.it, 16 Mar 2021)
Other information NEW CLUB
In July 2020 she announced she was joining Italian club AS Udinese Scherma, having previously been a member of Club Scherma Rapallo. "It will be an important year that will take me to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics and I have decided to go home, to my Carlino [Italy], to restart after the pandemic and to get going with ASU. I can't wait to cross swords with young Friulian fencers and contribute to their sporting future, for now as an athlete and later maybe as a teacher." (maranavarria.com, 14 Jul 2020; Facebook page, 11 Mar 2021)
In 2020 she began studying for a master's degree in sports marketing and management at the Tor Vergata University of Rome. "Due to the enforced break from the usual daily activities [due to the COVID-19 pandemic], I decided to continue my university education with a master's programme, a choice dictated primarily by my love for sport and my curiosity to discover and study new roles and professions." (LinkedIn profile, 10 Mar 2021; maranavarria.com, 03 Mar 2021)
DEATH OF COACH
Her coach Oleg Pouzanov died in December 2015. The pair had worked together since 2005. Later that month, she won gold at the 2015 World Cup event in Doha, Qatar, and showed the palm of her left hand with the name 'Oleg' written on it while she was on the podium. "I did what the master would have wanted. I have to thank many people but today, this success is all for Oleg." (esercito.difesa.it, 10 Dec 2015; federscherma.it, 03 Dec 2015)
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