I always loved sports and I ended up following my father’s footsteps in triathlon after 3 trips to the Hawaii Ironman (1998-2002-2006) that really gave me that passion for triathlon.
In January 2013, I started my college studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, in Business Marketing.
That year, I was 4th at the USAT Collegiate National Championships; the consistent training paid off and I won the title in 2014 (and again in 2015).
In 2014 I concentrated on the 5i50 races and on the ITU Conti Cups. I had 6 PRO podiums and ended up 9th in the famous Hy-vee Championship. I ended the season with a promising 2nd at my first half-ironman ever at Challenge Rancho Cordova (1h13 run).
In 2015, I again won USAT Collegiate Nationals, and had my first professional win at Challenge San Gil (half-ironman). In ITU racing, I became the American U23 Champion and placed 14th at the ITU Worlds U23 Championships in Chicago.
In addition to my USA citizenship I also have an Italian passport (thanks to my mother), and a Belgian one (thanks to my father). I had been racing for Italy through July of 2014 but decided to switch to Team USA.
Triathlon is more than a career for me, it is also a lifestyle which I will always continue: it keeps me outdoors, in great physical shape and good health and in a competitive environment I love. I am in this sport for the long term, as triathlon is my passion – a passion born on the beach at Kona in 1998 when I watched my father win his age group. This passion gets me through each season and will drive my future in the sport.
This 2016 season started very well with a 2nd at the famous St Anthony’s Triathlon and a 3rd at the Rev3 Quassy. Then, for my first 70.3, I ended 4th at Boulder 70.3 after having been 15sec from the leader Joe Gambles, when I bonked. Nutrition inexperience. But my best performance yet was coming: a 6th in the stellar field of the Ironman 70.3 European Championships at Wiesbaden last August, after losing about 1min in T1 locating my helmet which had been knocked off 7m away from my rear wheel! I am convinced I would have battled for 3rd without that mishap.
My main goal for 2017 is the Ironman World 70.3 Championship on American soil in addition to a few ITU World Cup races in order to gain access to the WTS. I will also aim for a spot in the Top 80 ITU Points List.
Medium term, my objectives are the yearly Ironman 70.3 World Championship and long term, my objective is to be a major contender also in Ironman racing, with a particular focus on IM Hawaii.