This interview was already being prepared’ for a few weeks now and unfortunately we’ prolonged because of the computer rupture of our special interviewee, but this long wait and’ really worth it!
When in the distance 1999 arrival’ in the world of pre-Olympic regattas there were still the Aloha and Mistral One Design classes.
She was a very young girl who immediately stood out for her beauty, but in a short time he succeeded’ to get noticed for his skill.
Epic and fierce were the battles between her and Laura Linares to be able to go to the Olympics after-Sensini.
It was Flavia Tartaglini that earned her ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where she left’ very well in the first position dominating until the penultimate day to finish then 6th in the final general classification.
At the drop of the selections for Tokyo2020 was among the most’ favorites but and’ arrived like a bolt from the blue the news of his choice to withdraw from the world of regattas.
We first reached her on the phone to make sure of her state of mind, and then we agreed with her for this interview “open-hearted”.
RIW: Hello Flavia. Thank you for giving us this difficult interview. This news and’ been shocking. Confirm that you have informed IVF of your decision to leave the racing world?
Flavia Tartaglini: You, it's a decision actually already made in September but only now it has been possible to officialize.
RIW: Your competitive commitment didn't just see you involved with IVF, but also with the Yellow Flames. What does your choice mean for the uniform?? You'll continue to stay in the Yellow Flames?
O.A.: You, my wish is to stay in the world of sports, the Yellow Flames have given me so much and I'd like to stay within this beautiful family, I should start working in the Press Office of the Sports Centre shortly.
RIW: What were the reasons that led you to make this decision? How long have you been processing it and what’ was the factor that has consolidated it by taking you beyond the’ point of no return?
O.A.: Unfortunately I had to admit to myself that the only desire for revenge for that famous medal lost in Rio was not enough to motivate my campaign for Tokyo. When I decided to start again after Rio I had a huge motivation but alas I realized in these three years that I was no longer able to suffer in the race and get up and without this you do not go anywhere. In Tokyo I wanted to go to win a medal but I realized that I was no longer able to.
RIW: What was your mood before you made this decision and how are you now that you officially communicated it?
O.A.: Over the past 3 years I've had so many ups and downs, a bronze at the European Championships 2017, a bronze at the Mediterranean Games but many races where I could no longer carbureand and I had put myself as a personal limit at the end of the year 2019 … I pulled the sums and I said stop, I can no longer make fun of myself and delude myself, I don't have the fire inside to compete anymore, I'm not competitive lysing anymore.
And’ it was very hard to admit it with myself and these months more than one night I woke up with tears dreaming of the Olympics or the last Garda World Championships in which I was a ghost, because in addition to the physical (problem had previously to the shoulder), my head was elsewhere.
RIW: The question that surely everyone is asking. At the drop of the Tokyo2020 selection it was not possible for you to grit your teeth until the end of the Olympic Games and abandon the world of regattas immediately after? Why’ right now?
O.A.: Why doesn't it matter a day, one month, a year if you realize that you no longer have that inner strength, even one day it can be an eternity and unfortunately I didn't make it anymore, I have reached the maximum limit of suffering for sport ... which is still sport and as stressful as the races are it must remain a LOVE.
RIW: Your withdrawal from the world of regattas affects only the Olympic class or all windsurfing competitions? You couldn't try your hand at slalom races in PWA? In 2017 at the Windsurf Grand Slam in Torbole you weren't gone wrong …
O.A.: I have to say I don't put my foot on a windsurfing board since the World Cup, at the moment I have a little’ a refusal, I'm doing surfing and walking on the beach with Brunello ahaha ... I don't know, in the future maybe I'll definitely want to!
RIW: And now what's going to happen? What are your next programs and goals?
O.A.: At the moment I'm doing an Olympic Management Course at Cones, interesting and is teaching me to see sport on the other side, organizational one, Management. I want to expand my knowledge, to have some experience in the world of communication always linked to Sport. But I must say that my desire strongest at the moment and to enjoy all that I have neglected for sport, how to spend time with friends, with my boyfriend, my family and of course … Brunello!!!
RIW: Today what would you like to do great? That is, you already have’ programs, Objectives, desires in the medium to long term?
O.A.: Let's say I answered you already more or less and I add that I might like maybe even add to Brunello a real son eheh
RIW: If you could go back what you would change? Do you have regrets or remorse?
O.A.: I would definitely go back to my University years and devote myself more, I've never attended classes, I've always studied on my own and I only got a three-year degree. For the fear of not training enough and not getting in front of the races I had quite a few blinkers for so many years, I was young and maybe also dedicating myself to other I would arrive with more hunger and motivation now that I could reap the fruits of years of sacrifices and instead I found myself quitting because I was almost nauseous.
RIW: Of all this long and complex journey that has occupied your soul and body for all these years what are the best memories and the most satisfying’ large?
O.A.: I will be trivial but definitely win my pass for my Olympics in Rio and I will definitely never forget the second and third day of the race, remember like yesterday the day I did 1-1-4 (or 5) ... I remember every single emotion and every tactical choice taken ... everyone thinks I just remember the Medal Race but luckily, despite the disappointment remains like a scar forever, the beautiful emotions and emotions that I aroused in those who followed me closely remain, my parents and all the fans!!!!!!
RIW: We ordinary deadly amateur windsurfers have always dreamed of one day becoming windsurfing champions but there’ it was possible to realize such a dream. Seeing a champion of your caliber give up this point is difficult for us to understand. But surely the great champions are precisely those who know how to deal with the most’ difficult making choices out of the ordinary, head on and regardless of the judgments and reflections of others. Would you like to add something more important that doesn't’ been addressed in previous questions?
O.A.: An appeal to all young windsurfers … Dream, Played, have so much fun and sweat because having fun doesn't mean not committing, it's not! … but don't start taking everything too seriously from young people, remember that if you don't love and you don't have a deep passion for what you do the results anyway won't come. And then just trust yourself and be strong in making your decisions, no one can decide for you!
RIW: Thank you for all the sporting emotions you have given us all these years. The wind and the sea often push us in unexpected directions. We hope to stay in touch with you again!
O.A.: I hope so too, at sea definitely in the waves
photo: Alberto Novelli, Fabio Jackdaw, courtesy Ferrari, Flavia Tartaglini, The World Sailing / Sailing Energy
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