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Gemma GALLI
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderWomen
Born17 Jul 1996 in Melzo, ITA
Height1.68 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Mattia Sartini
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete
Languages
Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up artistic swimming at age nine, having swam from an early age.
Why this sport?
She followed her mother and older sisters into swimming, but at age nine she discovered artistic swimming. "A new club was offering synchronised swimming tryout sessions. As I was fed up with swimming in the pool, I decided to try it. I was curious about the sport because I had watched it on TV during the Olympic Games in Athens. Once I tried it, I immediately fell in love with it."
Club / Team
Busto Nuoto [ITA] / GS Marina Militare [ITA]:
Name of coach
Patrizia Giallombardo [national], ITA; Stefania Speroni
General Interest
Nicknames
Scheggia [Splinter] (Facebook profile, 06 Nov 2020)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (varesesport.com, 13 Jun 2021)
Hero / Idol
French artistic swimmer Virginie Dedieu, Spanish artistic swimmer Gemma Mengual, Russian artistic swimmers Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina. (nazionaliditalia.it, 15 Feb 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Whoever does not give everything, gives nothing." (Instagram profile, 31 Aug 2020)
Milestones
She was a member of the first Italian artistic swimming team to win a medal in a team event at the world championships, following their silver medal in team highlight at the 2019 edition in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Nov 2020; insidesynchro.org, 01 May 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 12 Jun 2021)
Other information
FUTURE PLANS
She believes that joining GS Marina Militare, the sports section of the Italian Navy, in 2016 has meant she can focus fully on her artistic swimming career. She also feels it has enhanced her employment options after she retires from the sport. "Joining GS Marina Militare was a chance that really changed my life. Artistic swimming is a minority sport and, thanks to this opportunity, I can train with the peace of mind of having a working future once my sporting career ends." (ivg.it, 27 Jun 2020; marina.difesa.it, 01 Jun 2019; nazionaliditalia.it, 15 Feb 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Highlights 91.733 
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR Free Routine Combination 91.466
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Technical Routine  
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Free Routine  
4 2017 Budapest, HUN Free Routine Combination  
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Team Technical Routine 90.761
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Team Free Routine 91.700
6 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Free Routine 91.467 
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO Free Routine Combination 92.600
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO Team Technical Routine 90.355
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO Team Free Routine 92.233
3 2016 London, ENG Free Routine Combination 90.933
FINA World Trophy
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2014 Beijing, CHN Total 89.000