Martina Grimaldi Talks About Her Career On WOWSA Live

Martina Grimaldi Talks About Her Career On WOWSA Live

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Martina Grimaldi, an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame who was appointed as Cavaliere della Repubblica, knighthood in the Kingdom of Italy, in 2014, and won two FINA World Championship titles and a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in the Serpentine in London, spoke with Ned Denison in today’s WOWSA Live.

Grimaldi enjoyed competing in the 53 major international competitions where she stood on the podium a total of 24 times after first competing in the 2005 Italian National Open Water Swimming Championships. During the interview, Grimaldi recalled:

  • Violla Valli, Larisa Ilchenko and Thomas Lurz were among her heroes.
  • Winning the 2007 FINA World Cup in Vienna, her first major victory.
  • How each race is special.
  • Beating Angela Maurer in a photo finish in 2007.
  • Winning the bronze medal at the Olympics, a dream come true.
  • How she feels so good being in the water.
  • Competing in the 5 km, 10 km and 25 km races at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona – and then traveling directly from Spain to Italy to compete in lac Memphremagog in Canada in a 40 km professional marathon race, and then winning the 2013 Traversée internationale du lac Mégantic in Quebec, Canada.
  • Doing a relay in the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in 2013.
  • Working and competing for Italian Polizia di Stato.

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