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Gregorio
Paltrinieri
ItalyItaly, ITA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 September 1994
Height
191 cm
Family
Partner Letizia
Residence
Italy
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Italian

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
His first experience in the water was at three months old.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport by his father, who worked as a swimming coach in Carpi, Italy.
Club / Team
Fiamme Oro [ITA] / Coopernuoto [ITA]:
Name of coach
Stefano Morini [national], ITA
Training Regime
His training schedule consists of 10 swimming sessions and three gym sessions. On average he swims between eight and nine kilometres in a two-hour session.

International Debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Italy

General Interest

Nicknames
Greg, Frecciarossa di Carpi [Frecciarossa is a high-speed train in Italy]. (arenaitalia.it, 06 Mar 2013; swimbiz.it, 05 Aug 2018)
Hobbies
Playing computer games, spending time with friends, listening to music, going to the cinema, supporting Italian football club Juventus and US basketball team New York Knicks. (ilfattoquotidiano.it, 22 Feb 2015; arenaitalia.it, 06 Mar 2013; gqitalia.it, 14 Mar 2017; eurosport.com, 14 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 1500m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (fina.org, 08 Dec 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, US basketball player Michael Jordan. (corriere.it, 17 Aug 2017)
Injuries
He was affected by stomach flu and fever during the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (oasport.it, 05 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To compete in both the pool and open water swimming at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (corriere.it, 17 Aug 2017)
Other information
TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA
In October 2017 he moved to Australia in order to train with Australian freestyle swimmer Mack Horton. He returned to Italy in early 2018. "It was a beautiful experience, it was fun. I needed to get out from the normal routine I had in Ostia [Italy]. I wanted to make a change and this was the perfect time to do it." (oasport.it, 27 Sep 2017; milanosportiva.com, 09 May 2018)

OPEN WATER SWIMMING
After winning gold in the 1500m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he announced his intention to add open water swimming to his schedule ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I need stimulation and also because I want to try something else. Thinking of doing another four years of doing only 800 and 1500, I would be bored. Having another thing to devote myself to will also allow me to take it all differently and to lighten my responsibilities as well." (swim4lifemagazine.it, 27 Dec 2016; swimswam.com, 30 Jul 2017)

DANCE LESSONS
He has taken dance lessons to improve his coordination between his arms and legs in order to aid his swimming career. (eurosport.com, 14 Aug 2016)

BOOK
In 2017 he published an autobiography titled 'Il peso dell'acqua [The burden of the water]'. (gliamantideilibri.it, 24 Jan 2018)