Road to Sochi 2014, Short Track — 21 novembre 2013 at 10:00

Road to Sochi 2014 – Arianna Fontana ep.6: “I’m feeling good after Olympic qualifying”

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1441227_10200145495600063_938021001_nWith the last two stages the Short Track World Cup 2013/2014 has just ended. It’s always great racing in Turin, where I won my first Olympic medal in 2006, and having the qualifications for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in this city, it has really been definitely the best ever.

Finally my fans had the chance to see my live performance and to support me and my team, it was really cool and it definitely gave me encouragement. It seemed like they were giving me all their energy to make me do my best! In fact in the 500 meters race, soon after the…. My aim was to reach the Chinese Wang meng. Once I passed by the first two opponents I only had to pass her by, I couldn’t get the overtaking but she could see me, it’s my dream and I want to make it.

Winning the 1000 metres race in Russia, the following week (in Kolomna), was unexpected. I was in the final, a place in the podium was at stake and I didn’t expect to reach the highest step of the podium. This achievement definetly made me aware of what I can do and it’s a further encitement to prompt me to train more and to give my best with a view of the Olympic games given that there are less than 80 days left.

1452497_10200145496040074_102457400_nThen, there’s the relay race. My teammates and I have been making great progresses since last year. When we are on the track we get on together and we all have an aim: going strong and winning! We’re doinmg that as we’ve always been one of the best teams and out of four World cup stages, only once we didn’t reach the podium. All this gives us the strenght and I’m sure that also the girls consider these achievements not the final finish but just an in – between stage that will lead to something great!

I definetely had great acknowledgments during this World cup. I have always raced at the highest level without giving up even if a heat seeemed to be impossible. I surprised myself and now I know myself better. There are still two months left to get improved and I will definetely take advantage of them all, as much as I can.

We’ll be training in Courmayeur and before the Olympic Games, in January there will be the European Championships where I have to defend my fifth continental title, achieved last year. And finally I want, actually I should say the girls and I want, to take the relay back to the first rank!

A video from me about Turin and Kolomna Races:

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