«Insist, persist, reach and conquer»
This is the phrase which represents Fiammetta Rossi most. She is 23 year old, from Foligno and she is studying law at University. Last March, Fiammetta won two golden medals at the University World Cup shooting in Malesya: one in the Women Individual competition, the other in the Team competition. “Insist, persist, reach and conquer is a phrase that my grandfather used to tell me and in which I believe very much, so much so that I tattooed it”.
Fiammetta – which is part of the Golden Flames Sports Group – is carrying on the tradition of family champions in shooting, after grandfather Nando and dad Luciano, starting by chance this discipline: «For nine years I rided, then something changed».
What is it like to have two golden medals around your neck?
It is something unique. I trained a lot for this and Iam still working hard to succeed in my career and it is something which I believe in a lot. The beauty of this sport is that you retire late, you can practice even over 50 years, so I still have time.
Your father Luciano is the president of Fitav (Italian Federation of Shooting in Flight): so it was a destiny already written?
Not exactly. For nine years of my life I practiced horseback riding, then one day watching the London Olympic games I noticed a friend of mine who competed in shooting and I decided to try. I started by playing, I liked it and so I continued. After all, as child, my dream was to be a policewoman on horseback: now I am part of the Golden Flames Sports Group of the State Police.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic games are approaching: do you hope to go?
I would really like. I’m in the team and I want to believe it! My dream is participating in them: already the mere fact of being there repays the sacrifices you faced to get there. All athletes dream of Olympics games as the they remain and will always be the Olympics. If you win a medal there you enter the legend. I am working every day for this, making sacrifices and training constantly. I still have a lot to do.
Do you have any important appointments in the next months?
Next year I am participating in the University Olympics, so I’ll experience the Olympic context I already know that I will like it a lot.
A Little curiosity: where do you keep the medals?
I keep them at home, I must have them nearby. Every now and then I pick them up, cuddle them I look at them and relive the emotions that I felt at the moment of my victories and I think: «They are mine!»
Let’s talk a little about Umbria: what is your link with this region?
I love it a lot. I love its landscapes, the food and the green that relaxs me. I like everything about it. Travelling is nice, but coming back home is nicer too. I was born in Montefalco and I live in Foligno now, but I lo venature and animals a lot and I love being in touch with them.
You love animals: so, you don’t shoot at them?
I have never practiced hunting, but I respect those who practice it. It is an ancient art and I am not integralist in this regard. Also because, true hunters respect nature very much.
Can the shotgun give other satisfactions to Umbria apart from Diana Bacosi and you? Are there any promising young people?
In Umbria there is a very interesting youth sector and we are doing a great job with them. I am very confident.
How would you describe Umbria in three words?
Passion, tradition and well-being. Although three words are not enough to describe Umbria.
The first thing that comes to mind thinking of this region…
The house, my roots and love. I am a very traditionalist girl.