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Giuseppe Romele

Nordic Skiing | Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
Pisogne, ITA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Italian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He switched to Para cross-country skiing after he was ruled out of contention to compete in Para swimming at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He had also considered switching to wheelchair marathon racing. "From that moment I decided to aim for something else. First I went to wheelchair marathons. I participated twice in the Berlin Marathon [in 2018 and 2019], it went well and I finished around the top 20 both times. But my preparation was not really aimed only at that and I had already started Nordic skiing."
Why this sport?
"When I started skiing I experienced a feeling of freedom. Swimming is practised indoors while skiing is outdoors, surrounded by nature. Fortunately my swimming preparation has given me so much strength and endurance, which is helpful on the snow."
Club / Team
Polisportiva Disabili Valcamonica: Breno, ITA
Name of coach
Duilio Friz [national], ITA; Paolo Marchetti [national], ITA
Training Regime
He trains for 20 hours per week.

General interest

Nicknames
Beppe (IPC, 23 Nov 2009)
Hobbies
Car mechanics, motorcycles. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022; paralympic.org, 02 Dec 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 10km sitting event at the 2021 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Polisportiva Disabili Valcamonica club official Angelo Martinoli. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Italian Para cross-country skier Federico Pellegrino, Italian motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022; IPC, 23 Nov 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (gazzetta.it, 23 Apr 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he was the recipient of the Fiocco d'Oro [Golden Snow Flake] award as Para snow sports athlete of the year from the Italian Winter Sports Federation [FISI] and Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. (vocecamuna.it, 30 Jun 2021; cuneocronaca.it, 15 Jul 2021; gazzetta.it, 14 Jul 2021)
Other sports
He has competed internationally in Para cross-country skiing at World Cup events. He has also competed in Para swimming and Para athletics at national level in Italy. (gazzetta.it, 23 Apr 2021; montagneepaesi.com, 13 Feb 2018; disabiliabili.net, 18 Jul 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (gazzetta.it, 23 Apr 2021)
Impairment
He was born with bilateral femoral hypoplasia, which restricted the development of the femur bones in his lower limbs. (gazzetta.it, 23 Apr 2021)