In that year I was on the national young team and participated in the  Young European Championship inPoland. I remember the power of Kabanov, which was already using new gyperfins:  he beat many old World records, beginning for me a new era of finswimming. The next year these new monofin arrived in Italy and also national records were updated and dejected. I began to swim with my new coach Valter Mazzei and swim with old guys and that year with Valter went to Hungary to try these new monofin.

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This new monofins stimulated me to give more in training. If the first time I tried the monofin it seemed to have a boat at the foot, with the new ones seemed to fly in the water. A wonderful feeling of harmony of movement, lightness, ease and agility.
At 16’s I went to Seniores European Championship but I could not participate at the Youth World Cup in Korea for the SARS risk. I was becoming always more serious in training even I had not particular goals, I swam only for pleasure of reaching my limit and overshoot them. I noticed it more and more.

2004 was a busy year full of satisfaction and I have would never thought about it. We bought a Hungarian monofin, was perfect on my swimming style. I tried it in the first Italian Championship: 3 gold medals and two senior records. I’ve ever dreamed about going to the highter place of podium, and not seem true. Until that moment I was swimming for fun, to overcome my limits; but since that competition I’ve begun to swim with many goals in mind: win mainly. I went to the European Youth in Hungary and the World Senior Champioship in China. I started to think about how improve myself and I was doing it with my technique, turns and the underwater part of the race. It was my last year young and I wanted to leave a mark: 3 gold medals and 2 European youth world records (1 record in 1500, 12.29.65 but I was disqualified for irregular swimming style).


Eger 2004 (HU):pic with russian team, one of strongest all times. the idea to be between them made me feel proud of myself, but also respected by them