NICOLA GIOVANELLI

NICOLA GIOVANELLI

DATE OF BIRTH: 22.03.1985
NATIONALITY: ITALIA

Bio

"YOLO -You only live once"

 

Born in 1985, I grew up with cross-country skiing that I have practiced since I was a child. Then I filled the summers with orienteering, thanks to which I was able to travel around the world a bit participating in two Junior World Championships but without great satisfaction. I love mountains and hard sports so I decided to jump on skyrunning when I was 18. My first race in the mountains was the Dreizinnen Alpine Run, a single ascent race ... and I understood them that perhaps it was better to dedicate myself to those with descents !! I "tasted" for the first time the very long ones with the Sky Marathon the following year, a race that did not leave me a very good memory (the crisis, on the other hand, I remember it very well). Then the Dolomites Skyrace, the race I love the most, the essence of skyrunning. A very hard climb and a technical descent to be done in apnea and… make mistakes! In recent years I have decided to change the environment a little by inspecting the world of trail; here I found the first successes with the first career victory at the 2012 Cortina Trail. Year that went on with the victory of the Camignada Then Sie Refuge, Troi dei Cimbri and Trail degli Eroi. The latter is the dearest race to me, for the environment, for friends, for the track, for the atmosphere that you breathe on the top of the Grappa! Then my competitive activity moved a little east. In Friuli, where I am currently a researcher in physiology and biomechanics of sport and a lecturer in Motor Sciences at the University of Udine, I train and compete. Even if I am always looking for new goals, new stimuli, new horizons ... I started flying (with paragliding) and hike & fly is becoming a new passion ... But meanwhile I continue to run, and to struggle.

Interview

1) Which is your favorite place for running?
The Dolomites.
2) Which is your specialization?
Skyrace and trail up to 50 km.
3) Do you have a pre-race routine?
Two packets of Togo the day before!
4) When and why did you start running?
I don’t remember when, it's been too long. Why? ... why not running is against nature!
5) Which are your La Sportiva favorite shoes?
Mutant, but Kaptiva are conquering me.
6) What's in the air?
Live more in the mountains, as far away from civilization as possible .. I'm working on it ...

 

In primo piano

  • 2005 First time at the Dolomites Skyrace
  • 2009 Joined the Team La Sportiva
  • 2012 Degree in Sport Sciences
  • 2017 Publication of the book "Trail and Ultra Trail" edited by Mulatero Editore
  • 2019 ....;)

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