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Gregorio
Paltrinieri
ItalyItaly, ITA
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 September 1994
Height
195 cm
Weight
72 kg
Family
Partner Letizia
Residence
Italy
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Italian

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first experience in the water was at three months old.
Why this sport?
His parents wanted him to try the sport.
Club / Team
Fiamme Oro [ITA] / Coopernuoto [ITA]:
Name of coach
Stefano Morini [personal, national], ITA

International Debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Italy

General Interest

Nicknames
Greg (arenaitalia.it, 06 Mar 2013)
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)
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 started a six-month training course in Australia with Australian freestyle swimmer Mack Horton. "I'm not looking for a different method of work, but I need to mentally detach from the routine. I already worked with Horton, I was there for a month in 2014. I am sure that I will like this experience, that I will be fine in Melbourne. I think that this training and its continuation will bear fruit at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo." (oasport.it, 27 Jun 2017; eurosport.com, 24 Jul 2017; oasport.it, 27 Sep 2017)

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)