We are in Courmayuer. It is the the last get together before we leave for Sochi on the 30th of January. We are still working hard as you only get one shot once we get to Russia. The European Short Track Championships that were held last week in Dresden (Germany) were a way to get back to the rythm of racing, study my opponents and get ready to react to any contact or opportunity that emerges.
Unfortunately it wasn’t my best European Champs even if I came third, after a crash in the 1500m (pushed by a Dutch girl), a disqualification in the 1000m (inexistent), i would say that it was a good result. A little bit of delusion remains for the relay, even if i was held up and I fell, there were no exceptional comebacks and we finished fifth even though we could have easily brought home the gold.
Looking at the whole Olympic season, I am satisfied how the World Cup went. I had some good races, and I surprised myself more than once. I made it to the podium, not only by myself but also in the relay.
Sincerely I am very excited about the idea of going to Sochi… I am ready and decided, it will be war from the beginning, and I want to race well and leave the course satisfied with every race. It will be my third Winter Olympics. At Torino, in 2006, I was just a young girl, I didn’t realise until the end what was happening, it was like being in the middle of a tornado of emotions. At Vancouver, in 2010, I made the most of it a little more and then I got the Bronze medal that I really wanted! And now Arianna that leaves for Sochi is more mature and knowledgeable of her capabilities, but the little girl from Torino, 2006 is still inside.
I salute you all that have read my “Road to Sochi” episodes here, i promise you that I will do my best on the track at the Olympics but I also need your suport!! Follow me and my team mates, you won’t be there with us but we will know that you will be watching us!! See you soon!