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Simone
Ruffini
ItalyItaly, ITA
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 December 1989
Residence
Rome, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Police Officer
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Urbino: Italy

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five in Tolentino, Italy.
Why this sport?
His mother forced him to go swimming when he was a child, even though he did not like it.
Club / Team
CS Esercito/CC Aniene: Italy
Training Regime
He swims up to 23km a day in a pool in multiple sessions of two to two and a half hours each.

General Interest

Hero / Idol
Italian moto GP rider Valentino Rossi, Italian swimmer Filippo Magnini. (fina.org, 27 Jan 2017; rio2016.coni.it, 01 Jul 2016)
Injuries
His 2019 season was interrupted by a bout of glandular fever [mononucleosis], which prevented him from training until April 2019. (repubblica.it, 19 Jul 2019)
Other information
ILLNESS
He suffered from nausea while competing at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. He vomited twice during the opening lap of the 25km race, but he still went on to win the gold medal. "Already at the second feeding station I told my coach I wasn't feeling well. I felt nauseous and I vomited twice. Once I calmed down, I just tried to continue in a nice routine and do one lap at a time." (theguardian.com, 01 Aug 2015)