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Simone
Ruffini
ItalyItaly, ITA
Male
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 December 1989
Occupation
Athlete
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 as a child, even though he did not like it.
Club / Team
CS Esercito/CC Aniene: Italy
Name of coach
Massimo Giuliani [national], ITA; Emanuele Sacchi [national], ITA

General Interest

Hobbies
Reading, going to the cinema. (rio2016.coni.it, 01 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
Italian moto GP rider Valentino Rossi, Italian swimmer Filippo Magnini. (fina.org, 27 Jan 2017; rio2016.coni.it, 01 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hard work is never wasted. Suffer, but dream." (Instagram profile, 03 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (cronachemaceratesi.it, 16 Aug 2016)
Other information
ILLNESS
He suffered from nausea and vomiting 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 a 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)