North and South America
Speed Team Athlete
Name: Fabio Francolini
Date of birth: 8/12/1986
Current Location: Vaprio d'Adda, Italy
Skating Since: 1991
Current Skate Setup: Rollerblade® Powerblade Pro 125, Hydrogen Pro Wheels and Twincam ILQ-9 Pro Bearings
Explain the feeling you had the first time you put on skates.
It’s not easy to remember because I was five years old when all started. But even if I couldn't stand still on my skates, my first thought and goal was to beat others on the track. I was already super competitive being the last of three brothers close to my age.
What is your inspiration to keep skating?
It's quite simple... The good feeling that all races, both wins and defeats, leave you with is so strong in my head. I'm always looking for that adrenaline. I can’t stay away from the sport. Even as I get older, I try to go beyond my limits.
We truly believe skating makes a better world. How do you think skating makes the world a better place?
We live in a society where we are all too stressed and nervous. Skating eliminates toxins from your body accumulated during the day. When I have a headache, I go skating and magically the headache disappears. We would all live more in harmony.
How do you keep progressing and reinventing yourself?
Nobody is born educated. So even though I have a lot of experience, I always study new ways of training and exercises from others. I try to put it all together with my coach Maurizio Alessi and make it my own together.
What’s the most helpful tip you want to share with any skater?
Try to focus on your technique and your body. Everyone is different, and the body reacts differently. Adapt your own technique to your body to get 100% of your capacity.
Imagine a world filled with animals who can skate. If you could be any of those animals what would you be and why?
I think I would like to see my skates on a panther. Speed, explosiveness, aggression... It intimidates the opponents!
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