Legendary Fontana! Bronze medal in the 1000, 10th podium for Italy. The second best Italian athlete ever at the Winter Olympics in terms of medals won
- Published: 22 February 2018
Her sharp blades have made history again. Another gem that embellishes an infinite collection: this was an unbeatable Fontana. The Italian flag bearer, who had already taken the gold medal in the 500-metre race and the silver medal in the relay, bagged a bronze in the 1000 metres short track event, the only distance in which she had still not won an Olympic medal. It was her who took Italy into double digits: this was in fact the tenth Italian medal at PyeongChang2018 and the eighth for our flag bearer (the third in Korea) who thus climbed onto the second step of the Italian podium of all time in the winter Games - just behind Stefania Belmondo (first with 10 medals) - and onto the fifth overall, together with Giovanna Trillini, in the Italian summer and winter all-time Olympic ratings. An incredible champion, exceptional in her uniqueness, able to take even the absolute record of the most winning athlete of the short track world; one shared with Apolo Antonio Ohio (USA) and Viktor An (Korea and Russia).
She is the lady of ice that breaks record after record, thanks to an enviable balancing act and technical gestures which exalts explosiveness and harmony, rapidity and intelligence. Arianna managed the 1000 event with surgical wisdom and glacial concentration, easily passing the quarter finals and achieving a new personal record (1'29 "156) in the semi-finals. In the final, she gave us a show of her outstanding ability, turning experience and a clever interpretation of the race into weapons to neutralize dangers: she crossed the line behind the Dutch athlete, Schulting and the Canadian, Boutin, without being sucked into the collision course of the two Koreans.