Vanessa Ferrari

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Vanessa Ferrari
— Gymnast —
Ferrari Padova 2013 01.jpg
Vanessa Ferrari in 2013
Personal information
Nickname(s) Tiny Dynamo; "The Cannibal"[1]
Country represented  Italy
Born (1990-11-10) November 10, 1990 (age 24)
Orzinuovi, Brescia
Hometown Genivolta, Cremona
Height 146 centimetres (4 ft 9 in)
Weight 44 kilograms (97 lb 0 oz)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Years on national team 2002–present
Club Brixia Brescia & Centro Sportivo Esercito
Head coach(es) Enrico Casella
Music Nessun Dorma (2006–2009)
Asi Se Baila El Tango (2010)
Triangle Tango (2011–2012)
Angel and Devil (2012), Tangled Up (2013 World Championships)
Eponymous skills split leap with full turn to ring (floor)
World ranking All Around 3 (2013-14), Beam 6 (2013) Floor 10 (2013)

Vanessa Ferrari (born 10 November 1990) is an Italian artistic gymnast. She is the 2006 world all around champion and competed for her country at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Personal information[edit]

Her mother, Galya, is Bulgarian[2] and her father, Giovanni, is Italian.[1]

Junior career[edit]

2004[edit]

Ferrari first rose to prominence as a thirteen-year-old at the 2004 Junior European Championships where she won the silver medal in the all around competition with a score of 36.525. She also won two bronze medals with the Italian team and on the balance beam with a score of 9.175.[citation needed]

2005[edit]

Still in the junior ranks for 2005, Ferrari turned in more fine performances at the European Youth Olympics in Italy and the 2005 Mediterranean Games in Almería, Spain, winning the all around gold medal at both competitions as well. She also won vault, beam and floor at the latter as well as the silver medal on the uneven bars.[citation needed]

Senior career[edit]

2006[edit]

In April, Ferrari competed at the European Championships in Volos, Greece. She led the Italian team to win gold with an all around score of 60.750. In event finals, she placed seventh on uneven bars, scoring 14.300, seventh on balance beam, scoring 14.875, and second on floor, scoring 15.450.[3]

In October, Ferrari competed at the World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. She won the all around final with a score of 61.025. In event finals, she placed third on uneven bars, scoring 15.775, sixth on balance beam, scoring 14.675, and third on floor, scoring 15.450.[4]

Ferrari (right), Antonietta di Martino and Andrew Howe meeting President Giorgio Napolitano in 2007.

2007[edit]

In April, Ferrari competed at the European Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She won the all around final with a score of 61.075. In event finals, she placed sixth on uneven bars scoring 14.375, eighth on balance beam scoring 13.550, and first on floor scoring 15.400.[5]

In September, Ferrari competed at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. She contributed scores of 15.100 on vault and 14.775 on uneven bars toward the Italian team's fourth place finish. Individually, she won the bronze medal in the all around final with a score of 60.550. In event finals, she placed eighth on uneven bars scoring 14.700 and sixth on floor scoring 15.050.[6]

2008[edit]

In April, Ferrari competed at the European Championships in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She contributed an all around score of 59.400 toward the Italian team's fourth place finish.[7]

Vanessa Ferrari at the 2008 Mediterraneo Gym Cup

Beijing Olympics[edit]

In August, Ferrari competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. In qualifications, she contributed an all around score of 58.300 to the Italian team's tenth place finish. Individually she qualified to the all around final in twenty-first place.[8] In the all around final, she placed eleventh with a score of 59.450.[9]

2009[edit]

In April, Ferrari competed at the European Championships in Milan, Italy. She placed ninth in the all around final with a score of 55.175 and second in the floor final with a score of 14.675.[10]

2010[edit]

At the end of April, Ferrari competed at the European Championships in Birmingham, United Kingdom. She contributed an all around score of 55.525 toward the Italian team's fifth place finish. In event finals, she placed seventh on uneven bars scoring 14.150 and fourth on floor scoring 13.850.[11]

In October, Ferrari competed at the World Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She contributed scores of 13.966 on vault, 14.066 on uneven bars, and 14.333 on floor toward the Italian team's eighth place finish. Individually, she placed eleventh in the all around final with a score of 56.165 and sixth in the floor final with a score of 14.600.[12]

2011[edit]

In April, Ferrari competed at the European Championships in Berlin, Germany. She placed sixth in the all around final with a score of 55.475 and eighth in the uneven bars final with a score of 12.850.[13]

Ferrari performing on floor at the 2011 World Cup in Paris, France.

In October, Ferrari competed at the World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. She contributed an all around score of 56.198 toward the Italian team's ninth place finish. Individually, she placed twelfth in the all around final with a score of 55.532. She also qualified in sixth place with a score of 14.466 to the floor final but was injured and could not compete.[14]

2012[edit]

In January, Ferrari competed at the London Prepares series in London, United Kingdom. She contributed an all around score of 56.532 toward the Italian team's first place finish, which meant that they would qualify a full team to the Olympics.[15] In event finals, she placed first on floor scoring 14.400.[16]

The Italian team at the 2012 European Championships.

In May, Ferrari competed at the European Championships in Brussels, Belgium. She contributed scores of 14.266 on vault, 14.466 on uneven bars, and 14.400 on floor toward the Italian team's third place finish. In event finals, she placed fourth on floor scoring 14.400.[17]

London Olympics[edit]

At the end of July, Ferrari competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. In qualifications, she qualified to the all around final in seventh place with a score of 57.932 and the floor final in third place with a score of 14.900. In the team final, she contributed an all around score of 56.865 toward the Italian team's seventh place finish. In the all around final, Ferrari placed eighth with a score of 57.999. In the floor final, she tied for third place with Aliya Mustafina. Both gymnasts scored of 14.900 but Mustafina was awarded the bronze medal after tie breaking procedures.[18]

2013[edit]

In June Ferrari, with Elisabetta Preziosa, Giulia Leni, Giorgia Campana and Chiara Gandolfi, competed at the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin. She contributed toward the Italian team's first place finish; in event finals, she placed first on all-around scoring 56.132, first on floor scoring 13.900 and third on balance beam scoring 14.166. Ferrari is the most decorated Italian athlete at the Mediterranean Games with eight gold medals.

At the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Ferrari finished sixth in the all-around and fourth on balance beam.[19][20] On floor exercise, she scored 14.633 to win the silver medal.[21] She used an instrumental version of Caro Emerald's Tangled Up as her floor exercise music.

2014[edit]

At the European Championships in May, Ferrari won the gold medal on floor exercise.[22]

Competitive history[edit]

Ferrari (right) next to Giulia Steingruber.
Ferrari on the uneven bars in 2013.
Ferrari on the balance beam in 2013.
Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2004 European Championships (Junior) 3rd 2nd 6th 3rd
2005 European Youth Olympics Festival 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st
Mediterranean Games 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st
2006 European Championships 1st 7th 7th 2nd
World Championships 1st 3rd 6th 3rd
Arthur Gander Memorial 1st
2007 Paris World Cup 1st 1st 1st
European Championships 1st 6th 8th 1st
World Championships 4th 3rd 8th 6th
2008 European Championships 4th 5th
Olympic Games 11th
2009 European Championships 9th 2nd
2010 European Championships 5th 7th 4th
World Championships 8th 11th 6th
Arthur Gander Memorial 3rd
Swiss Cup 2nd
2011 Paris World Cup 4th
European Championships 6th 8th
World Championships 12th WD
2012 London Test Event 1st 1st
Italian National Championships 1st 2nd 2nd 1st
European Championships 3rd 4th
Romanian International Friendly 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 7th 8th 4th
Stuttgart World Cup 5th
Glasgow World Cup 4th
2013 American Cup 5th
La Roche-sur-Yon World Cup 2nd
City of Jesolo Trophy 2nd
Mediterranean Games 1st 1st 3rd 1st
Germany-Italy Friendly Meet 1st 1st
World Championships 6th 4th 2nd
Stuttgart World Cup 3rd
Glasgow World Cup 3rd
2014 American Cup 5th
Tokyo World Cup 1st
European Championships 5th 5th 1st
World Championships 5th 6th 5th

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vera Atkinson (2006). "Interview with FERRARI Vanessa, Italie, by Vera Atkinson". Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. Retrieved 2008-09-16. [dead link]
  2. ^ Turner, Amanda (15 May 2014). "British Women, Iordache Impress in Sofia". International Gymnast Magazine Online. International Gymnast Magazine. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "26th Women's Artistic Gymnastics European Championships Results" (PDF). Volos, Greece: European Union of Gymnastics. 30 April 2006. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "39th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Results" (PDF). Aarhus, Denmark: Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. 21 October 2006. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "2nd European Artistic Gymnastics European Championships Results" (PDF). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: European Union of Gymnastics. 29 April 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "40th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships" (PDF). Stuttgart, Germany: Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. 9 September 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "27th Women's Artistic Gymnastics European Championships Results" (PDF). Clermont-Ferrand, France: European Union of Gymnastics. 6 April 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Beijing 2008 Gymnastics Artistic Women's Qualification Results" (PDF). Beijing, China: Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Beijing 2008 Gymnatics Artistic Women's All Around Final Results" (PDF). Beijing, China: Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "3rd European Artistic Gymnastics Individual Championships Results" (PDF). Milan, Italy: European Union of Gymnastics. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "28th European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Team Championships Results" (PDF). Birmingham, United Kingdom: European Union of Gymnastics. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "42nd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships" (PDF). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. 24 October 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "4th European Artistic Gymnastics Individual Championships Results" (PDF). Berlin, Germany: European Union of Gymnastics. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "43rd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Results" (PDF). Tokyo, Japan: Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. 16 October 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "London Prepares Series Gymnastics Artistic Women's Results" (PDF). London, United Kingdom: Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "London Prepares Series Gymnastics Artistic Women's Apparatus Finals Results" (PDF). London, United Kingdom: Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "29th European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships" (PDF). Brussels, Belgium: European Union of Gymnastics. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "London 2012 Gymnastics Artistic Results Book" (PDF). London, United Kingdom: Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "All-Around Results". fedintgym.com. October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  20. ^ "Balance Beam Results". fedintgym.com. October 6, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  21. ^ "Floor Exercise Results". fedintgym.com. October 6, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  22. ^ "Results". longinestiming.com. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014.

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