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Arianna
Bridi
ItalyItaly, ITA
Female
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
06 November 1995
Residence
Trento, ITA
Occupation
Army, Athlete
Languages
Italian

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six at Rari Nantes Trento swimming club in Italy, and took up open water swimming in 2006.
Club / Team
Rari Nantes Trento [ITA] / CS Esercito [ITA]:
Name of coach
Fabrizio Antonelli [personal], from 2015
Training Regime
She trains in the water for five hours a day, and swims up to 15 kilometres.

General Interest

Hobbies
Reading, listening to music. (corriere.it, 07 Sep 2020)
Famous relatives
Her mother played volleyball for Trentino Volley in Italy. (lavocedeltrentino.it, 24 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lavocedeltrentino.it, 24 Aug 2018)
Other information
RAISING AWARENESS
She would like to raise the profile of open water swimming in Italy. "Our sport is little-known, even though we are among the strongest nations in the world. It is a pity that in Italy there is no prominence because it is beautiful and it is very well known especially in the rest of the world, almost like cycling. It is strange to have this popularity in Trentino [Italy] because doing 25 kilometres of swimming does not seem possible in an area without sea." (lavocedeltrentino.it, 24 Aug 2018)

FATHERLY INFLUENCE
She says her father Marino instilled in her the value of hard work from a young age, which enables her to endure the fatigue experienced in open water swimming. "My father Marino, a hard worker, electrician and farmer, taught me about hard work. He used to tell me repeatedly that if you want to get there you have to work hard and you have to love what you do, even the effort. He taught me to love fatigue." (corriere.it, 07 Sep 2020)