Anonymous asked: Do you have anything to say about all that racism thing going on with Carlotta Ferlito and the Italian Federation?
Apart from what I already wrote:
I feel incredibly ashamed of being Italian, and incredibly lucky to live in the US right now.
I have no idea whether or not this is true, I’ve never heard about any of these… hope never do.
Vanessa Ferrari always seemed to me to be nice, maybe I’m just more focused on the gymnastics than on the rest.
All said, I would like to point out that this is a gymnastics blog and we don’t want to overwhelm people with drama, even if it’s gymnastics related. We want to make people go “wooow” and “cool” and “omg that’s scary/amazing/awesome”, and not “she’s so bitchy/diva/rude now I hate her how does a person like this live on this planet”. This thing has gone too far.
More gymnastics, less drama = everybody’s happy :)
Anonymous asked: isn't Carlotta 21?
No she was born in 1995, she’s 18 :)
Ok guys I never thought I would have stood on Carlotta’s side, but I am.
I absolutely disagree on her attitude, but people have to remember that we’re talking about a teenager, an international level athlete, but a teenager. She is missing the podium for a long time, and just for tenths. She had just finished the competition, was super upset, and being so emotional she didn’t realize herself what she was saying and with whom she was talking. She’s frustrated. This doesn’t justify the fact that she said such bad things, but please, do remember that she’s a person.
Also, for those who say that the Italians are unfriendly/divas/rude, I would like to point out that there are a TON of really classy, kind and fine Italian gymnasts: Giulia Leni, Elizabetta Preziosa, Francesca Deagostini, Giorgia Campana, Erika Fasana… and the list could go on and on.
Q: Carlo, we’ve seen the two Americans’ enquiries accepted, and they got on the podium. What happened?
A: They really didn’t do well… actually, Ross’ was ok, but Biles did the worst routine I’ve ever seen from her, but she managed to get to the podium anyways because the USA always ask for inquiries, then Vanessa and me are less than a tenth away from the podium. 4th and 5th. Vanessa’s before me just with a bunch of hundredths. Both out of the podium for less than a tenth, because the Americans always ask for inquiries, and because the judges are always in their favor. Yesterday Alberto came 4th, today Vanessa came 4th, I came 5th, after a while it obviously makes you upset.
Q: What happened to your routine? [Was gonna talk more but was interrupted ]
A: I did it right! Mine was right!
Q: What about the difficulty score?
A: It went that way because I was the second one doing my routine, if I would have been the last one instead of Ross they would have given me a higher score, but of course it didn’t happen, because we’re always the unlucky ones…
Q: Is Vanessa upset as well?
A: Ah, yeah, because she’s less than a tenth away from the bronze, but at least now she can go and try with the floor exercise. This was my chance. I mean, I’m content because in qualifications I was 7th and now I’m 5th, with just less than a tenth from the bronze, but of course when you realize that it’s just for such a little thing… it bothers you.
Q: Of course.
A: Well, I’m satisfied because I did my best, but it annoys me that they keep underestimating us and our scores.
Q: All those wooden medals are getting annoying, aren’t they?
A: Alberto is 4th again, for the 3rd time, Vanessa was 4th at Euros, 4th at the Olympics, 4th now. Also, I am half hundredth behind Vanessa. After a while it is too much. Now stop, please. After a while you don’t even know if you still want to do it.
Q: Did competing after Mustafina cause you any issues?
A: Of course, starting as second is never a good thing because everybody always thinks that the first one goes, and then the others do better and they “make her score fall” but it isn’t true, it is the first score that stands and the other gymnasts’ that fall. In the warm up she kept falling, and falling, and falling, as always, then in competition she had the routine of her life. They say that fortune is a wheel that spins around, well she’s always the lucky one, I don’t know…
Q: However, there were a few wobbles in your routine too. Do you think they would have made the difference?
A: Everybody’s routine had wobbles. Biles was going to crash her head against the beam on the dismount.
Q: What do you think it is about, then?
A: She’s the AA world champion, she did a full in dismount, and blah blah… but if that’s really what matters, then let’s quit gymnastics because they’ll always win anyway.
Q: After this bitterness, what’s your next goal? Your world championship had a positive exit anyway.
A: None. Yeah, sure, it was very positive. At qualifications I was nervous but it went well, this was my first world final and I also came 5th, 11th in the AA…
Q: You even did nine routines without any major mistake!
A: [smiles] It was all about that little tenth to reach the bronze…
Q: We have all missed that “cherry”, Alberto too. Let’s hope in Vanessa, then!
A: Of course, I’ll cheer for her with all my anger! [laughs]
-Translation by gymchalk.tumblr.com, corrected by dancingdingledodies.tumblr.com/
starkofwinterfell asked: thank you for translating!! <3 looking forward to reading it :)
Still working on it, as you can guess I’m Italian and all the sayings and the informal sentences that they use are so damn difficult to translate into English!!! X3