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Stefano Raimondi

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Family
Partner Giulia Terzi
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Italian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para swimming in 2017 in Montagnana, Italy.
Why this sport?
Before his accident he was a member of the Italian able-bodied junior national swimming team. "After the accident, I didn't want to go back to the pool, but my mum pushed me to do it and I have to thank her because a year later I made my first Para podium in the 200m butterfly."
Club / Team
Verona Swimming Team [ITA] / GS Fiamme Oro [ITA]:
Name of coach
Marcello Rigamonti [Verona]; Riccardo Vernole [national], ITA

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Italy

General interest

Hobbies
Motorcycle riding. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning seven medals at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (pantheon.veronanetwork.it, 04 Oct 2021)
Most influential person in career
His family, and coach Giancarlo Scarmagnani. (swim4lifemagazine.it, 31 Oct 2021; Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Italian Para swimmer Federico Morlacchi. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't be afraid to dream big." (Instagram profile, 03 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
He received the 2021 Cangrande d'Oro award from the municipality of Verona in Italy, in recognition of his performance at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (daily.veronanetwork.it, 07 Apr 2022)

In 2020 he was the recipient of the Vittoria Alata and Silver Medal for Athletic Value awards at the awards gala of the Veneto Paralympic Sport Association in Italy. (finp.it, 28 Jul 2020)

In 2019 he received the Collare d'Oro al Merito Sportivo [Golden Collar for Sporting Merit] from the Italian National Olympic Committee [CONI]. (Instagram profile, 20 Dec 2019)
Famous relatives
His partner Giulia Terzi has also represented Italy in Para swimming. She won five medals, including two golds, at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Giulia Terzi Instagram profile, 09 May 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 25 May 2022)
Impairment
He has an impairment to his left leg as the result of a traffic accident. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019; swimbiz.it, 2017)