The Italian sport has everyday more women protagonists. The eight of March is a significant date to remember the contribution they gave to disciplines and how important they are as testimonials of the health values of sport. Journey that may start with Arianna Fontana, who last Sunday interpreted the Eagle in the Carnival of Venice. Flying over St. Mark’s bell tower, she launched her support for Milan-Cortina’s candidacy at Tokyo for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. The skater and Olympic short-track award-winning from Sondrio is the one who represents all the athletes of these disciplines.
Woman also means strength, both willpower and physical strength, being able to resist to life’s unexpected events. Bebe Vio, the current individual foil’s paralympic world and European champion is the one who better embodies all these values. Besides being a great role model, her tenacity and congeniality make her one of the most loved athletes by the audience. Women’s sport is what is bringing more medals to our Country, just like what happened in the last Olympic Games in Pyeongchang: we might state that sport is now a woman. And not only in winter disciplines. We might think of Valentina Vezzali, the first fencer in the world who was awarded with three Olympic Gold medals in three consecutive editions, plus three more golds in team.
The Italian athlete with most medals of all times, and to many authorized personnel, the greater fencer of all times. We could also think of Federica Pellegrini, the first Italian to win a gold medal in swimming in the Olympic Games: this happened in Beijing in 2008 in the 200 m freestyle. She also won four world titles in the 200 and 400 m freestyle. Since august 2008 she’s the holder of the world record in the 200 m lengths freestyle and, since June 2009, of the 400 m women freestyle. She’s the only Italian swimmer (and one of the few Europeans) who broke the world swimming record in more than one specialty. Talking of water there is also Tania Cagnotto, the first Italian female diver to win a medal in the World Championship. If we move to the cold tracks, we find Carolina Kostner, world champion in 2012, awarded with four more medals in the World Championships (2008 and 2013 silver, 2011 and 2005 bronze) and European Champion for five times (2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013). Going through this album we also find Josefa Idem, the female athlete with more disputed Olympic Games of all; Deborah Compagnoni, the first athlete to win a gold medal in three different editions of the Winter Olympic Games in the history of Alpine ski. And going back in time we find Sara Simeoni, Olympic champion and gold medalist in the XXII Moscow Olympic games in 1980, world record holder with 2,01 meters established twice in 1978, the same year when she won the European Championship. Italian champion for 14 times, she held the world record for 36 years (From the 12 of August of 1971 to the 8 of June of 2007). The road to emancipation and gender equality may still be long, but there is no platform that helps more than sport to overcome this dystonia. Happy eight of March to all women, sporty or not, but all champions in life.