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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
15 May 1985
Husband Stefano, daughter Maya [2018]
Bolzano, ITA
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 parents were divers and initially tried to encourage her to take up another sport. "When I made the first real dip in a swimming pool at age six, it seemed to me the most natural gesture in the world. Just like I was born to do that. Yet my parents had gone out of their way to help me choose another sport. They enrolled me in tennis lessons, they tried to make me fall in love with skiing. But I just wanted to dive. I wanted to imitate what they had done, my father and mother, and at the same time I was having fun like crazy."
Club / Team
Bolzano Nuoto [ITA] / Fiamme Gialle [ITA]:
Name of coach
Giorgio Cagnotto [father], ITA; Oscar Bertone [national], ITA

International Debut

Competing for

General Interest

Fragolina (Athlete, 31 Jul 2007)
Hero / Idol
Russian diver Dmitri Sautin, Chinese diver Fu Mingxia. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2000)
She suffered a muscle strain in late March 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, forcing her to miss the Italian championships the following month. (, 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. (, 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,, 02 Dec 2013, 07 Jan 2016)
She became the first female Italian diver to be crowned world champion when she took gold in the 1m springboard at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. She was also the first female Italian diver to win a medal at the world championships, following her bronze in the 3m springboard event at the 2005 edition in Montreal, QC, Canada. (, 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 07 Dec 2018)
Famous relatives
Her father Giorgio Cagnotto is a coach and represented Italy in diving. He competed at four consecutive Olympic Games between 1964 and 1980, winning two silver and two bronze medals. Her mother Carmen Casteiner also represented Italy in diving, and competed at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. (, 14 Jul 2011; SportsDeskOnline, 11 Mar 2020)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 22 May 2019)
Other information
She retired from diving after the 2017 Italian championships. In 2018 she gave birth to her first child, Maya, and in December 2018 she returned to training after being convinced by her Italian teammate Francesca Dallape. "In 2017 I thought I was hanging up the swimsuit, and at the beginning Francesca's idea seemed crazy to me, but she ended up convincing me. I have been training for a year [speaking in 2019]. Tokyo 2020? I'll try as a mother." (, 07 Dec 2019;, 05 Dec 2018;; 05 Dec 2018;, 12 May 2017)

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 events in Rostock, Germany, and Bolzano, Italy. She returned to training two weeks before the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China, finishing with the bronze medal in the 1m springboard event. (, 14 Jul 2011;, 05 Jun 2011;, 20 Jul 2011)

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;, 27 Aug 2014)

In 2018 she published a book called 'Oro, Argento, Tania' [Gold, Silver, Tania] in which she tells anecdotes about her career. "I did not want it to be an autobiography, but a lighter, enjoyable book. It is made up by many chapters in which I expose aspects of my life that had not been deeply known up until now." (, 25 Jun 2018)