Italy also flies at sea: here is the fifth gold – Sport

Italy also flies at sea: here is the fifth gold – Sport
Italy also flies at sea: here is the fifth gold – Sport

by correspondent Leo Turrini We are not missing anything, we Italians on an Olympic trip here in Japan. Never before has Italy won gold with a team made up of a man and a woman at the Olympics. Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti succeeded yesterday, bringing back to Italy a title that we have been missing since 2000 with Alessandra Sensini. Are we or are we not, too, a people of navigators? And so we took the mixed gold, male and female, aboard a catamaran, a boat that looks like it came out of a “manga”, which would later be a Made in Japan comic. In short, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti literally flew over the water, he at …

by the correspondent Leo Turrini

We are not missing anything, we Italians on an Olympic trip here in Japan. Never before has Italy won gold with a team made up of a man and a woman at the Olympics. Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti succeeded yesterday, bringing back to Italy a title that we have been missing since 2000 with Alessandra Sensini.

Are we or are we not, too, a people of navigators? And so we took the mixed gold, male and female, aboard a catamaran, a boat that looks like it came out of a “manga”, which would later be a Made in Japan comic. In short, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti literally flew over the water, he at the helm and she at the bow, a perfect seafaring couple and while they are there I immediately write that they are not partners even in everyday life, so gossip lovers are happy and I can go on .

NO COVID. They flew, even in the face of the pandemic. In times of hard lock down, we have seen them, Ruggero and Caterina, invent improbable exercises on roofs and terraces, continuing to study the moods of the air, the gusts of Aeolus, the jokes of the weather.

Even so, an Olympics is won.

MARE NOSTRUM. Come on then. In favor of the wind, fifth blue gold medal, if I remember correctly twenty-ninth in total. We are saints, poets and above all navigators and finally this summer we got used to often taking a whim.

What whim? In short, we don’t love Brexit pals. We had seen it at the European football championships and with the catamaran history repeated itself. Last regatta, only a British duo could still disturb Ruggero and Caterina’s dream.

Except that it was enough for us to just mark the opponent on the waves, a cynic here would quote Bonucci and Chiellini, in any case God save The Queen as long as it is clear that we are holding on to gold.

SIX LANGUAGES. And now let’s take a journey through the biographies of her and him. Because at sea you often come across pleasantly interesting figures.

In Caterina’s case, the intersection between curiosity and knowledge is like the combination of wind and sea. The 34-year-old Roman knows six languages, also masters Arabic with ease, has earned a degree with full marks in oriental studies. She began by practicing horseback riding, then one day she was reflected in Lake Bracciano and sailing changed her habits.

After 2016, the meeting with Ruggero, who generated the Tokyo project, fueling some controversy in the environment because the birth of the new couple fatally marked the exhaustion of other competitive experiences.

But it was right.

RED MOON. Of the helmsman, of Tita, it would perhaps suffice to say that he is a computer engineer, that is, a brainsman. It was he who asked Caterina to join forces, after Rio, scientifically sensing that Totò is always right, it is the sum that makes the total. Golden.

Twenty-nine years old, originally from Rovereto, it was a very short step from the peaks of the Dolomites to the suggestions of the sea.

Ruggero also had an experience with Luna Rossa. And it helped him, even if he preferred Tokyo at the America’s Cup.

“Caterina and I are obsessive of perfection, we have obsessively studied the effect of the wing appendages, we have not neglected anything – said the helmsman – The last race was the simplest, we had a huge advantage, it was enough not to sink”.

They haven’t sunk, no.

© All rights reserved

PREV The absolute poverty line in Italy
NEXT The EU responds to the Chinese Silk Road and goes to conquer the Indo-Pacific area