Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini talked about her future and the Tokyo Summer Olympics during the presentation of the Italian TV program Italia's Got Talent. We had to ecall that, like many other sportsmen and sportswomen, Federica also ghad to face the pisitività to COVID-19 She said: "The virus has left its marks, it is part of this pandemic, but I want to be optimistic: I look to the future and train for the March qualifiers for the Olympics.
I have always conquered everything on the pitch, I proceed in small steps. In Tokyo without a flag and without a national anthem? I don't even want to think about it: every athlete has the right, if he gets on the podium, to be able to sing the anthem and to carry the flag, as if to present himself at the Games under the tricolor.
I'm optimistic, it's something so unprecedented and contrary to all logic." Considered the greatest Italian swimmer and one of the strongest and longest-lived ever, in her career she took part in four Olympics: the first in 2004 when, only sixteen, she won the silver medal in the 200m freestyle, becoming at the time the youngest Italian athlete to get on an individual Olympic podium.
Four years later, at the Beijing Games, she won the gold medal in that same race, giving Italy the first women's Olympic success in the history of swimming. At the 2007 Melbourne World Championships she broke the first of 11 world records she set in her career.
She was the World Champion of the 200m and 400m freestyle in both 2009 and 2011, becoming the first swimmer capable of winning the title consecutively in both distances in two different editions of the event. At the world championships she is also the most successful athlete in the same race thanks to the 4 golds, 3 silvers and 1 bronze medals won in eight different editions: from Montréal 2005 to Gwangju 2019.
Swimming World Magazine named her Swimmer of the Year in 2009 and European Swimmer of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Michael Phelps: "Clean races in Tokyo? I doubt it"
Interviewed by CNN, Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer in history and one of the greatest athletes of all time, declares doubts about the possibility that fair competition conditions will be guaranteed for all athletes in the next Tokyo Olympics.
Phelps said: "I have to say frankly that, in my entire career, I don't know if I have ever competed in a clean environment. And no, I don't think the situation has changed. There are a lot of things wrong, and the awareness of not Starting all as equals is really irritating.
It would have been great if everyone was as tested as I was, but I know it's not. How clean will the Tokyo Olympics be on a scale of one to ten? I think four or five."