She is 48 years of age, an age that for agonist sport is quite prohibitive. Yet she is preparing her Olympics with the determination of those who want to get on the podium. Fantastic Josefa! She is an emblem for those women who are scared of the passing of time.
She has two sons and a husband Guglielmo Guerrini with whom she celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary at Fattoria del Colle . << It’s the first holiday we have had without Janek and Jonas, just us two without our sons>> she told us. She is the female athlete who has participated in the most Olympic Games and the Italian athlete with most medals. The amazing thing is that she is not only a canoist. She is councillor for sport for the municipality of Ravenna and with publicity she sustains Emergency and research into multiple sclerosis, she is a phenomenon in sport and in life.
She came to Montalcino in 2008 to receive the Casato Prime Donne award which every year crowns women who stand out a san example or because they have been of help to other women. Her quotation positioned at the beginning of a path that goes through the vineyards is an inn to courage.
<< Motivation means knocking down mental barriers, overcoming our own limits, achieving the ability to best express ourselves. Only by putting ourselves on the line can we understand what we are truly capable of doing. Even at the price of failure, trying is still worthwhile. Thanks to this attitude, I find the courage to state that nothing is impossible. See you in London 2012>>
At that time it seemed quite a quip. Nobody imagined that she would really have made it to the London Olympic Games at 48 years of age, but she’s going and she is aiming ad the podium. Come on Josefa, all of us here in Brunello are cheering for you!
Seen for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
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