Like every athlete in Beijing, the Italian came to Beijing to win a medal and live an Olympic dream that would soon turn into a nightmare.
She started the Olympics with motivation in the women’s 15 km race, but missed everything with her first pass in front of the goals and received a five-minute penalty. A disappointed Vittozzi missed three more goals before finishing in 76th place, 8 minutes 44 behind Denise Herrmann.
The result was a terrible start from which the Italian could not recover, finishing 36th in the sprint and 32nd in the pursuit, once again making numerous shooting errors.
China’s sky will fall on her head, as will the media brutally assertive in her own country, and Lisa Vittozzi, at the bottom of the hole, will have a very complicated few weeks.
“How did I get away with this?” I’m wondering this too. When we hit rock bottom, we realize we need to try to find the trigger to try to change things. I was completely devastated at the Olympics.
When I got home, I told myself that I had to start from scratch because I couldn’t go on like this. So I strengthened myself, I could have said stop and retired, but I couldn’t grow because we learn from defeats more than victories.
I got back on my feet thanks to the work of the people who helped me through this experience. It was not easy to examine myself deeply and understand myself better. That’s why I’m proud of what I’ve done and what I’ve experienced.
Today, when I think about the moments when I suffered so much, I tell myself that I know how to turn such a situation into a positive. “This was revenge for what I had to endure.” he revealed to Fondo Italia earlier this week.