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Jump straight to Martina Caironi's story: one of the Faces of the Year, in Italy!

"What better opportunity than this initiative, to exchange ideas, thoughts, opinions? To me, the European Year of Citizens represents a time to gather and share. Just as it should be a sporting event. As an athlete I know what it means to work hard to win, even when not everything goes in the right direction. Every one of us who uses our skills can get a winning result. The real challenge is in fact with oneself, trying to go further and overcome the obstacles that life inevitably presents us. This year, young Europeans have the opportunity to discover all the possible ways to pursue their passion in any field. It is up to us, then, to fight tenaciously to achieve the goal without losing the winning weapon: the smile. " - Martina Caironi, Athlete




Born in 1989, Martina Caironi is a university student as well as a Paralympic Games gold medallist. Martina won a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games for the 100m sprint, in the T42 class (for leg amputation above the knee). She holds the world record for the 100m and 200m, earned at races in the recent Italian Championships in Grosseto, in May 2013. Martina proved her promise as an athlete in 2008, setting Italian records in the 100m and 200m sprints, shot put, discus and long jump.

She studies Linguistic and Cultural Mediation at the University of Milan and recently returned from a university exchange placement in Spain, as part of the Erasmus programme.

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