Francesca you wished to keep on the podium after Akyaka. Not only you did succeed, but you achieved the second place, how do you feel?
“I’m definitely over-satisfied, especially since this year I didn’t have time to train as I wanted: I had to do a lot of shooting and go around the Duotone with the demo tour. Nevertheless, I’m happy because I’ve seen some progress compared to last year when I was third, and this year I managed to climb a step. I’m really happy and I think the result is also due to the fact that I have a little more competition experience than last year.
So now I would like to train a lot to decrease the gap between the first and the second, that’s it, and to be able to get close to Mika“, adds Francesca smiling.
How did you live the second-place fight with your friend and team mate Paula Novotná?
“It spurred me on to give the best of myself. Especially in Brazil when I found myself in the semifinals with Paula and Mikaili that I had always faced in the final during the other two stages of the WKC, I just thought I wanted to give my all. And nothing, it worked“, confided Francesca happily.
What’s your secret weapon, the best trick you perform at critical moments?
“I think that the trick that saved me the most this year is the HM (hinteberger mobe), which is the same trick that in Dakhla took me from the third to the second position and far from the first of only 0.01 hundredths of a point. So I would say that this is the manoeuvre that saves me in the most difficult moments“.
After this impressive result, are we going to see you compete next year?
“Sure, yes, definitely, 100%. I like to compete a lot also because it motivates me, I immediately understand what I have to work on, what tricks I have to improve. In all my life, I’ve always practiced sports at a professional level and so I’m quite used to it, so I’m sure you’ll see me again competing next year“.
Now that the year is coming to an end, what are your plans, vacation or return to work to give Mikaili a hard time next year?
“On December 16th I come back to Italy, on December 17th I go on holiday with my brother to Fuerte, I surf with him, who is very good, and then I will spend Christmas at home with my family. I’m looking forward to it because I haven’t celebrated it at home in six/seven years. So a month off home until the end of January and then in February I will go to Australia to train and be ready for the following year“.
Anything to add?
“A special thanks to my sponsors, Duotone kiteboarding, Ion and nf sport, to Gianmaria and to my MUM and DAD”.
A special thanks to Francesca Bagnoli !
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