Arianna Rocca. Photograph: Silvia Vatteroni

Italy’s vault specialist Arianna Rocca, 21, has announced on Instagram her retirement from the sport of gymnastics.

Rocca wrote: ‘Let’s say that this was the ending I have been dreaming of for a long time. I could not hope for a better team and for teammates better than you, as despite everything and everyone, we always managed to go beyond impossible. Today I am ending my gymnastics career to turn over a new leaf and to work on other projects. I deeply thank my parents, who have always financially supported me, and who were always with me at every competition and in everyday life; my coaches, who adopted me when I was ten and helped me through a new reality full of projects; Paolo and Tiziana, who have made me grow particularly during these last months from January to now in Milan; my club, which has always supported me in all my choices, and throughout these years has always given me and my teammates everything we needed; my teammates, who have grown together with me and never left me; my girlfriends, who were with me every step along the way; my best friend, who I love dearly for everything she does for me; all my ‘non-teammates’ from other clubs, who always cheered for me at competitions, despite being ‘rivals’; all my physiotherapists, who have always worked hard to make me stay healthy; my psychologist Stefania, for all the work she has done and is doing; and all the people who know me and have always supported me throughout these years, to all of them, thank you from the bottom of my heart’.

Arianna Rocca, who competed for the Italian club Forza e Virtù 1892, was a vault specialist. She won three national vault titles (2012, 2013 and 2014), one silver medal in 2016, and two bronze medals, one in 2011 and one a few months ago at the Assoluti in Perugia. She also owns two silver medals on balance beam from the Assoluti, in 2013 and 2014.

Rocca also won two silver medals on vault at the Jesolo Trophy, in 2013 and in 2015, both times behind U.S. Simone Biles.

Article by Talitha Ilacqua
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