Birthdate19 Nov 1997
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Rising Star – July 2020
Twenty-two-year-old Italian sculler Luca Chiumento was part of one of the most exciting races of 2019 when he won double sculls gold at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships. It's been a quieter year so far but Chiumento is hoping for more action soon and is loving training with his club again.
So far 2020 is going... quite well. Before the lockdown I was training in bow position in the quadruple sculls as a substitute for Filippo Mondelli, who had to stop because of health issues. It was not easy to be up to an athlete like Filippo, in fact I still have a lot to learn. I hope he can return to training with us soon. Now in the absence of the races, the season has taken a different turn, it would have been nice to race in this crew. Now we're back to training for the European Championships. The road is still long, let's see where it will take us.
During the lockdown I was in... Padua, my city. I had to equip myself. I had an ergometer with weights at home so I adapted to the conditions and tried not to lose the shape I had. Once the lockdown was over I was able to return to the water in my single and to my rowing club Fiamme Gialle in Sabaudia. The club always helped us throughout the lockdown and still allows us to train in total serenity under the watchful eye of the coaches.
I started rowing at...the age of nine. I stopped playing football and, in order not to stay at home during the summer with my cousin Francesco, I went rowing in the summer courses at the Canottieri Padova. The love started from there.
For a while I also did...yoga, which I would now like to resume. Being flexible and elastic is a fundamental part of rowing and I think yoga helps a lot.
My most memorable race is...without a doubt the 2019 final of the World Under 23 Rowing Championships in Sarasota, with my boat mate Andrea Cattaneo. A race ending that I will never forget. [They rowed down New Zealand to take gold despite a boat length behind with 250m to go -Ed]
My favourite course is... now Sarasota, where I won the first world gold, but there are many regatta courses in Europe and Italy where I would go back to racing immediately.
My most fun memory from rowing...probably 2018, when I prepared with my companions in the under-23 quad. During the meeting I had a lot of fun.
The best advice I have been given is... Always be ready, you never know. Sometimes it's enough to be the right person at the right time.
I consider ergs to be... fundamental. Like it or not, it is like a scale -you understand immediately if you have trained or not.
My favourite food is... what my mum calls "potato pie." It is boiled potatoes, smoked provola and pork belly, four layers and then all in the oven ... a calorie bomb!!
When I'm not rowing... when I can, I go out with friends. If I can't go out, I play on the PlayStation a little
To have fun... it doesn't take much, just going out with friends is fine. To relax I watch TV or listen to my favorite radio podcast: “La Zanzara”.