Take the art that Mother Nature puts into doing things and mix it with talent; combine it with a handful of technique, a good deal of determination and the cocktail of success is served. Emanuele Buzzi knows this well, he grew up with bread and racetrack on the high plateaus, and when he was only 24 years old won important races realizing his first Olympic dream at Pyeongchang in 2018. Those who know him in the sport environment, know that Buzzi is a solid boy, “squared”, who seeks to improve himself in a continuous challenge with his own limits, looking for discovering his unexplored potentialities. A young talent that stands out for his strength and balance; an athlete sensitive to the track, master of reaction times and of his feet that he moves fastly without losing control. Behind the champion’s face there is Lele, a joyous boy who loves to enjoy life and have fun, very close to the family that has always supported him in his adventures, with whom we had a talk.
Emanuele, what changes when passion becomes a profession?
If transformation takes place it is a fortune that however completely distorts the perspective. My job is beautiful because it embodies my passion and for this I consider myself a privileged person. I love skiing because every day is different and there is the possibility of always experimenting oneself, one’s own abilities, one’s limits along a path influenced by weather. This is what makes skiing a sport so tiring, hard, because it is difficult to have an immediate feedback and the result of training not always matches the one of the race; but it is always for this reason that I find it so exciting!
What is most important for achieving results?
Undoubtedly nutrition and training, together with having trusted people able to support the athlete along his path. I underline that the training is not only physical but also mental because it is the head that determines 60% of the performance. The exercises to which I am subjected imply an important neuromuscular control since ski requires a great perception of one’s body in often changing situations. The technique is useful, it allows you to manage the race; the materials must be good and the setup must be right. But to win, you need something more that consists of working a lot on yourself. Before a race I am super concentrated: I think of everything and then, once at the gate, I abandon myself to the instinct of feeling to be fast.
What is your biggest dream?
Getting to the Olympics was an important goal, long-awaited and desired. It was an experience that really thrilled me because my grandfather Bruno lived it before me and I keep his skiing pectoral device of the Turin competition. In everyday life I try not to create particular pressures or to set myself on rigid objectives, but I always aim to achieve important sports goals because they are formative, both from the human and professional point of view, given that they put you face to face with your limits and your fears, making you understand how much you can dare and when it is better not to risk.