The 19-year-old from Terracina, blue tip, has grit and determination to sell. A great Juventus fan, he looks at the Swede with admiration: “He is a legend, I hope one day to be able to meet him and train together”
Turning your passion into a job at just 19 is not for everyone, but if you put grit, determination, commitment and that pinch of talent that doesn’t hurt the magic potion is ready to use. And if you feel a bit like the Zlatan Ibrahimovic of taekwondo, one who has proven to be an infinite champion, as much as his ego, well that’s it. The result? Simone Crescenzi. The young blue, born and raised in Terracina, in the province of Latina, discovers taekwondo at the age of 8 thanks to his cousins who already practiced it: love at first sight. Today he is part of the Army Sports Group and is one of the top athletes of the National team with a gold at the Military World Championships, a bronze at the Juniores World Cup, a European silver under 21 and 10 Italian titles. And who knows what the future holds: “I’m aiming for the Olympics and … to meet Ibra!”
Simone, how did you go through the quarantine?
“I was in Terracina with my family. I must admit that I relaxed a lot, but once a day I trained with my brother Mattia in a home equipped gym, respecting the limitations imposed by the Prime Minister’s decrees”.
So did you manage to stay fit?
“Fortunately my brother is also a nationally interested taekwondo athlete, so it was easier for us to keep training together. It was essential to stay active because after three months, if I hadn’t done anything, now it would have been like starting from scratch. instead it took two or three days and we returned to a good level of physical condition “.
What was it like to go back to the gym ad
train for the national team?
“Very nice, now we are a family so in the period of absence I missed many small things like being all together during training: even if taekwondo is an individual sport, the team counts a lot”.
What program are you running now that there are no short-term races scheduled?
“Now we are concentrating a lot on shooting the bag and on a good physical preparation work. Soon each of us will start a specific program that will allow us to get back to optimal shape, keeping us ready for the first race to come.”
How has your life changed when you joined the Army Sports Group?
“The change was radical, being part of the Italian Army is an opportunity reserved for a few and I was lucky enough to realize a dream I had since I was a child by becoming a military athlete. For this I thank the Army Sports Center for all the support and for the structures it puts at our disposal thanks to which we are able to keep ourselves in top shape even in this period of health emergency “.
How do you see your path to the Olympics?
“The postponement to 2021 may be one more opportunity for me. I hope there will be some races before the qualifying tournament so that I can show that I am ready”.
I know that another great passion of yours is football …
“Yes, when I can, I play five-a-side football with friends and then I am a huge Juventus fan. My point of reference for Juventus, as for any true Juventus player, is Alessandro Del Piero: an example on and off the pitch. , I often imitate Giorgio Chiellini by beating my fists on the chest both before and, sometimes, during the match “.
Based on your characteristics, which player would you compare to?
“To Zaltan Ibrahimovic. I feel like a first striker like him: I’m tall, thin and when I play five-a-side football I happen to get high balls just like him: I raise my leg and … well, taekwondo helps!”
In fact, even Ibra is a passionate taekwondo practitioner.
“Having a character as strong and with such a media impact like him who pushes our sport is not a trivial matter. this discipline to reach even more people. I hope one day to meet him and, why not, to train together. He is a legend for me … and then he also played for Juve! “.
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Taekwondo, Crescenzi: “I like Ibra. The Olympics? I’ll be ready”