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Francesca
Dallapè
ItalyItaly, ITA
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
24 June 1986
Height
164 cm
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Manuel, daughter Ludovica [2017]
Residence
Trento, ITA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Italian

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began diving at age six at the Buonconsiglio Nuoto club in Trento, Italy.
Why this sport?
Coach Giuliana Aor noticed how much she liked diving into the pool while she was taking part in a swimming course.
Club / Team
CS Esercito: Rome, ITA
Name of coach
Oscar Bertone [national], ITA; Giuliana Aor [personal]
Training Regime
She trains at the pool for up to two-and-a-half hours each morning.

International Debut

Year
2005
Competing for
Italy

General Interest

Nicknames
Fra (Athlete, 31 Jul 2007)
Hobbies
Volunteering, spending time with her family and her dogs. (Facebook page, 02 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 3m synchronised springboard at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (francescadallape.it, 18 Aug 2016)
Injuries
She broke her wrist in 2005. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Constancy in training is important. I've done it every day since I was a child, I trained both in the morning and in the afternoon after school. It takes consistency to reach your goals. But sport has also taught me to pick yourself up when things are not going well. Behind the medals there is much more." (velvetbody.it, 16 Jul 2018)
Awards and honours
She received the seal of the Eagle of St. Wenceslas from the Italian province of Trentino in September 2014. She was presented the award in recognition of her sporting achievements. (buonconsiglionuoto.it, 04 Sep 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Olympic Games with her synchro partner Tania Cagnotto. (newsmondo.it, 24 Jun 2018)
Other information
COMPETITIVE RETURN AND MOTHERHOOD
After winning a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she announced she was taking a break from the sport to focus on her family. She gave birth to her daughter Ludovica in May 2017, and made her comeback in the sport in December 2017 in Bolzano, Italy. "I am in more control of my schedule because I'm a mother, and my own mother and au pair help out too. My dream is to compete at the Olympic Games as a mother." (velvetbody.it, 16 Jul 2018; giornaletrentino.it, 2018; it.eurosport.com, 16 Dec 2017; ilgazzettino.it, 04 May 2017; oasport.it, 07 Oct 2016)