Tita triumph. And now Olympics and America’s Cup

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Ruggero Tita
Ruggero Tita, 32, of Rovereto, won his fourth Nacra 17 world title.

It was good for Ruggero Tita, winter training with Luna Rossa and playing on the simulator together with Marco Gradoni.


Ruggiero Tita the Cold’s Poker

He scrambled to a twenty-point lead in his fourth Nacra 17 world championship (and third consecutive with bowman Caterina Banti) at La Grande Motte sealing an unchallenged dominance that puts him in a position to be the compulsory favorite at the next Olympics in Marseille (July 20-28) after winning gold in 2020.

And he refuted those who said he would have to choose between Olympic sailing and Luna Rossa. Instead, Roger, 32, known as Ruggi “the Cold,” did well to keep his foot in his mouth.

It is not an ordinary victory, his. Five firsts, four seconds out of 13 races (excluding medal race). We are at the level of Roger Federer’s heyday at Wimbledon, when there was none for anyone.

The circle of hell

Now what? The round of hell awaits him. Winning the Olympics again and winning the America’s Cup with Luna Rossa in two months, from late July to September. And it certainly won’t be athletic training, his problem. It will be the head that will have to be there. But “Ruggi the Cold” is a Trentino hardened by the harsh mountain climate. And if he succeeds in this feat, then yes, he will become a national hero. He deserves it.


Tita’s opponents

Who can stop Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti’s ride to a second Olympic gold medal in the mixed catamaran? The two Brits, their great rivals John Gimson and Anna Burnet already silver in 2020?

Ruggero’s opponents in the America’s Cup, however, he has them on his team. Max Sirena will not be able to disregard his state of grace, but he will have to play it safe with Luna Rossa’s other three outriders, since there can only be two of them at the helm of the AC75 (one on each board): Marco Gradoni (who is practicing at the helm) and the two veteran Checco Bruni and Jimmy Spithill.

 

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