Marta Maggetti has always been engaged in international windsurfing regattas.
Raised under the protective ala of federal technician Mauro Covre, first it defeated the Techno293 world and then gradually made its way and established itself in the RS world:X.
During the last RS World Cup:X in Cádiz, in Spain, she ranked 6th and won the medal race, thus obtaining the pass to represent italian women's windsurfing at the next Olympics in Tokyo. Character reserved on the ground but strong and determined in the water, RIWmag joined her for an interview.
RIW: Hello Martha. Welcome back to RIWmag. We waited on purpose a few days before proposing this interview to you so as to let you recover from the labors and emotions of this last world championship. How are you?
Marta Maggetti: Hello to all windsurfers friends! Thanks RIWmag, i'm starting to pick up now from the regatta, emotions are still fresh and not entirely metabolized, I'm getting a lot of messages and calls that make me feel so much affection and cheering from everyone. It is a great pleasure and a great satisfaction to represent ITALY at the Games.
RIW: In the latest international events your teammate Giorgia Speciale has also become your antagonist considering that at the Olympics there is only one place available. How have you experienced this competitive tension in recent months?
M.M.: For more than a year now Giorgia has been making her mark at international competitions, she's always been growing up and she's also shown that she has a chance. We got to train together for a long journey, we managed from mature people to live together in a simple and clean way. The selection was long, stressful but also full of adrenaline, all this allowed us to bring out the best of ourselves. I have to say that our Federal technician Luca De Pedrini did a great job with us.
RIW: In what mood and fitness did you arrive in Cádiz, before the start of the last world championship?
M.M.: I arrived in Cádiz aware that it would be the last selection race, but also the last RS world championship:X of history! To face the regatta in a carefree way I decided to focus more on the second aspect and therefore to enjoy this last experience to the fullest, without too many thoughts and worries. Physically I went very prepared, by now it was from 4 months that we were really pushing so much, both on land and in water, so I got there with the knowledge that I had all the cards to do well in all conditions.
RIW: What were the highlights for you of this world championship and when you realized that you would be able to achieve this result?
M.M.: Let's say that the highlight or we can call it a turning point was after the first day of the race where I took home results that did not reflect my preparation in the slightest, at this point enraged by the day i was able in the following days to prove my worth, with peace of mind and patience I began to climb the rankings.
I realized on the penultimate day of the World Cup that there was very little left to achieve the goal. After the long busy day of 25\30 knots i realized i really have a chance to win the selection.
RIW: What did you feel on the last day when you confirmed this result and won the medal race?
M.M.: It was a very strong emotion, a unique satisfaction, so many thoughts and images that flowed fast by the head, all sacrifices repaid! I must say I was moved as soon as I cut the arrival. Winning the Medal Race (my first) i realized i have the ability to stand there with the strongest in the world.
RIW: A dream that becomes reality but the current one is only an intermediate goal. How you're experiencing this moment and what awaits you in the coming months until tokyo regattas?
M.M.: Yes this is a great achievement, but also a new beginning of a path now increasingly demanding and important. For now I am still enjoying these last days of rest in Cagliari, but soon I will resume training with my coach always here in Cagliari until the end of May and I will have the pleasure of having Carlo Ciabatti as sparring, also he Sardinian and fellow travel and adventures always! I'm sure it will give me a lot of help to get the best out of the next goal. At the beginning of June instead we will move to holland to do some international competition and then keep up with the other opponents. We still don't know exactly when there will be a chance to move to Japan. There will be a lot to work on, then head down and roll up your sleeves.
RIW: What are your favorite weather conditions during regattas, that is, the weather conditions in which you can excel compared to the other competitors who are one stronger than the other?
M.M.: In recent months having lost a few kilos and having structured a good athletic preparation I have improved so much with the lightmedium wind, this allowed me to do partials from top 3. My favorite weather conditions where I can express myself better are around the 10\12 knots and wave.
RIW: What will be the most likely weather conditions you will encounter on the Tokyo regatta field? How do you think you'll be able to express yourself in that context?
M.M.: Tokyo Field (Enoshima, Shima) it's very varied, you can expect long and crossed sea conditions with thermal above the 15\18 knots and other perturbation conditions with very swinging ground wind, gusty and current. All conditions that I have already found in the past at the Test Event and in the different training 2 summers ago. I've become quite constant in all conditions so everything I find will be fine to aim for a good result.
RIW: What do you dream of or expect from these Olympics?
M.M.: I've been dreaming since I was a kid an Olympic medal, but anyway it will go it will be a beautiful experience that will make me grow as a sportsman.
photo: Sailing Energy, Martina Orsini, Elena Giolai, Osga_photo-JoaoCostaFerreira
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