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Luca Mazzone

Cycling
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
H2

Further personal information

Family
Wife Mara, son Yoseph
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Italian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He participated in football, boxing and bodybuilding before his injury. He first tried handcycling in 2004.
Why this sport?
He represented Italy in swimming at the Paralympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008, but he was looking for a change. "Having less and less desire to swim, I decided to try a new adventure with handcycling. I already knew I liked it because I used it as part of my swimming training."
Club / Team
Calcaterra Sport ASD [ITA] / Circolo Canottieri Aniene [ITA]:

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Maniago, ITA

General interest

Nicknames
Mazz-one (IPC, 18 Nov 2009)
Most influential person in career
His father Giuseppe. (incodaalgruppo.gazzetta.it, 19 Dec 2019)
Hero / Idol
Italian swimmer Luca Pancalli. (comitatoparalimpico.it, 29 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hard work and sacrifices bear good fruit." (ccaniene.com, 24 Sep 2019)

"I never rest and I'm very modest. Even when I win I have instilled in me that I finished last. My father thought me this and it helps me to remain sharp and stay ahead of my opponent, especially in training." (incodaalgruppo.gazzetta.it, 19 Dec 2019)
Other sports
He competed in swimming at the Paralympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008, winning two silver medals at the 2000 Games in Sydney. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Aug 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (incodaalgruppo.gazzetta.it, 19 Dec 2019)
Impairment
He has quadriplegia as the result of a diving accident at age 19. (it.eurosport.com, 14 Sep 2016)
Other information
FUTURE PLANS
He plans to work with children following his retirement from Para cycling. "I take each event as it comes, but I know someday I will have to find something else other than handcycling. I have no limits, only my body will tell me when I have to stop. The benefit of sport helps you both mentally and physically. I would like to remain active and work with young children." (incodaalgruppo.gazzetta.it, 19 Dec 2019)

SWIMMING TO HANDCYCLING
He represented Italy in Para swimming earlier in his career, but retired from the sport following the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. He was invited to get involved in Para cycling in 2011 after receiving a call from national coach Mario Valentini. "I soon regretted having retired [from swimming]. I was no longer happy, I missed training and competitions. There was so much anxiety but the experiences in swimming have taught me to manage emotions and adrenaline. A fundamental quality for these two sports [swimming and cycling] is to endure mental fatigue. I would say this is the secret to getting to the top both in swimming and in handbike." (comitatoparalimpico.it, 29 Aug 2019; bari.repubblica.it, 18 Sep 2016)

BOOK LAUNCH
In 2018 he released a book called 'The Prison of the Impossible'. "Life has to be discovered in all its thousands of possibilities. I always make the comparison with the movie 'Sliding Doors', if I hadn't opened the pool door that day thirty years ago, falling in love with swimming and training, now I don't know what I would be. I might have aged prematurely, I would not have visited half the world and all its wonders. I would perhaps be depressed and still angry with life." (comitatoparalimpico.it, 29 Aug 2019; ruvoviva.it, 19 Apr 2018)

FATHERHOOD
He is motivated by his son's presence at competitions. "The joy of my son when he sees me coming first. When I finish second, he almost doesn't look at me. When I risk giving up, I think of him, of his happiness. I can't wait to hug him again, smiling." (bari.repubblica.it, 18 Sep 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 3 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Heat 1 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 3
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heats 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heats 5
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 5
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heats 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heats 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 6
Men's 5,000 m Open Water Final Round 9999
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Final (S3-4) 6
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Heats (S2-4) 6
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 6
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heats 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Time Trial H2 Final Round 2016-09-14 1
Men's Road Race H2 Final Round 2016-09-15 2
Mixed Team Relay H2-5 Final Round 2016-09-16 1