Olympic dreams, here are who the Azzurri will be hunting for a medal


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The Italian Olympic team for Paris 2024, Marseille for sailing, is almost full. Italy has already detached the Olympic pass for the classes: Nacra 17, ILCA Laser men and women, 49er FX, fORMULA dite men and women, IQFoil men and women.

Let’s see then,after the interview with FIV President Francesco Ettorre, who are the boys and girls who will defend the blue colors on the water in Marseille. Behind the “Tita-tanti” arrows is a young and ambitious team.


Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti

Ruggero Tita was born in 1992 in Rovereto, Caterina Banti in 1987 in Rome. Together since late 2016, they have dominated the blue Nacra 17 in these two four-year terms. They come to Marseille as the super favorites of the oddsmakers and as 2023 world champions. In the right week they can be unbeatable, but watch out for the pitfalls of the Olympics.


Lorenzo Chiavarini

Lorenzo Chiavarini, born in Rome in 1994, of Scottish mother, raced for a long time in Great Britain’s Laser colors before making his debut with Italy. At the Olympics with the goal of hitting (at least) the medal race.


Jana Germani at the helm, Giorgia Bertuzzi at the bow.

Giorgia Bertuzzi was born in 2001 in Rovereto, Jana Germani in 1999 in Trieste. At 23 and 25 years old, they have come to compete for the top of the 49er FX fleet, where they have won a European bronze and silver medal and a world bronze medal in the past two years. They go to the Olympics to try to amaze and dream beyond the medal race.


Chiara Benini

She is one of the youngest Italians at the Games, born in 2002 in Rovereto. Laserist (ILCA) is on the rise, always in the top 10 in the World Cup, can be an outsider in Marseille, to be watched.


Olympics sailing team
Marta Maggetti

At 28 years old for the Cagliari native, this is the Olympics of maturity. In Tokyo he was young, now he has the experience to fight at the top for an RS:X board podium; the talent has always been there.


Olympics 2024
Nicholas Renna.
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03 February, 2024

Born in Rovereto in 2001, another Garda native who is climbing the sailing world. European and World Champion, he comes to the iQFOiL Olympics with great ambitions and is one of the men to beat.

Maggie Pescetto

Maggie Pescetto

Maggie Eillen Pescetto, born in 2000 in Ireland but raised, also sportingly since she is a YCI athlete, in Genoa. He qualified the nation in the Formula Kite class, also placing in the top 10 at some of the international regattas he participated in. She does not start on the list of favorites, but as she herself said she goes to the Olympics to dream.

Riccardo Pianosi

The Formula Kite men’s athlete, class of 2005, will be one of the youngest athletes summoned for the Italian expedition to Marseille. Young but with talent and grit to spare, as he has already graduated as European champion in 2023, and he is not re-submitting to Marseille just to participate but to try for the big one.


The last call for these two classes is at the Last Chance Regatta in Hyeres next April 20-28: more feasible that of the mixed 470, more impassable the road for the men’s 49er, which was left out already in Tokyo.



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