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Tania
Cagnotto
ItalyItaly, ITA
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
15 May 1985
Height
160 cm
Weight
53 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Stefano
Residence
Bolzano, ITA
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Nutrition - University of Houston: United States

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began diving at age six in Bolzano, Italy.
Why this sport?
Her mother and father took her to the swimming pool when she was young so she could play.

International Debut

Year
2000
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Finland

General Interest

Nicknames
Fragolina (Athlete, 31 Jul 2007)
Hero / Idol
Russian diver Dmitri Sautin, Chinese diver Fu Mingxia. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2000)
Injuries
She suffered a muscle strain in late March 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, forcing her to miss the Italian championships the following month. (raisport.rai.it, 11 Apr 2013)

A motor scooter accident in May 2011 resulted in a hairline fracture to her right fibula and a fracture in her left wrist. (taniacagnottoweb.net, 14 Jul 2011)

She tore a ligament in her ankle in 2004. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2007)
Awards and honours
In 2009, 2013 and 2015 she was named the European Female Diver of the Year by the European Swimming Federation [LEN]. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 01 Mar 2010, swimswam.com, 02 Dec 2013; 07 Jan 2016)
Famous relatives
Her father Giorgio Cagnotto is a coach and was an Italian Olympic diver, winning two silver and two bronze medals over three Games between 1972 and 1980. Her mother Carmen Casteiner was also a national diver. (taniacagnottoweb.net, 14 Jul 2011)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from diving after competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (gazzetta.it, 31 Dec 2016)

NATIONAL FIRST
She became the first female Italian diver to be crowned world champion when she took gold in the 1m springboard event at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (daospa.eu, 2015)

SCOOTER ACCIDENT
In May 2011 she was struck by a car while travelling on her motorised scooter to training in Bolzano, Italy. The accident resulted in a deep cut below her right knee and a fractured bone in her left wrist. Further scans revealed a hairline fracture in the fibula of her right leg, but no damage to the meniscus or cruciate ligaments. The damage to her wrist required surgery and several pins. Due to the accident she had to forego competing at the Grand Prix event in Rostock, Germany and Bolzano. She returned to training two weeks before the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, China, finishing with the bronze medal in the 1m springboard event. (taniacagnottoweb.net, 14 Jul 2011; dotswim.it, 05 Jun 2011; japantimes.co.jp, 20 Jul 2011)

MONTREAL REPEAT
Her bronze medal in the 3m springboard event at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada, came 29 years after her father Giorgio had won a silver medal, also in the 3m springboard event, in the same city at the 1976 Olympic Games. The bronze was also the first world championships medal won by an Italian female diver. (Gazzetta, 23 Jul 2005; arenawaterinstinct.com, 27 Aug 2014)