Gregorio Paltrinieri was able in 2016 to arrive in Rio as a favorite in the 1500s and to start again as an Olympic champion. Head, conditions, physique are needed. All. Greg thus won his career and, even when he lost, he drew valid reasons to redeem himself: now he cannot even worry about a technical change in progress to take on a daring challenge as much as double: in the tank and in open water.
His third games will really be three moments to live: he will start with the shortest specialty, with the 800 of which he is world champion in charge, then he will have the most loved middle race and that has given him the glory, finally he will dive into the test longer and more suggestive, in the open water A passion cultivated since childhood.
Gregorio Paltrinieri's world about the XXXII Tokyo Olympic Games
Paltrinieri said: "I am not lacking in ambitions to give up in the pool and I do not move the focus to the bottom: the pool remains essential. I am leaving for Tokyo to win everything.
I am fine, it will be three and a half weeks off the high ground until the Roman races, good training period as in a normal phase to prepare for a big event. I am swimming a lot, I feel well mentally and physically. The Settecolli will be the first test to understand how this new programming with Antonelli is going.
But not everything will be based on the results of August: clearly we have been training together for a few months, it takes time for everything. I have learned in all these years that patience is needed to achieve important results, so I am super calm.
The first races will give us a first idea of how much we are doing and I will try to download to play quite good races. Among other things, it is the first time that I will go down from the high ground and two days later I will compete: evo mai, I usually went down the mountain 40-50 days before.
It is a new thing to try in view of the next races so we will see. I am not satisfied, there are many margins but I have thought about the record too many times: in the 1500s technically I have not yet made the perfect race, seeing the training there is still a lot of margin.
This gives me hope. Even my opponents have margins, we'll see what will come out of the 1500s. It's a stimulating challenge with myself, I don't take it as badly as in the past, with agitation. It's been years now, I'm used to managing myself."