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NAVARRIA Mara
NOC Italy   
GenderWomen
Born 18 Jul 1985 in Udine, ITA
Height1.71 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Andrea Lo Coco, son Samuele [2013]
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Italian
Higher education Sports Science - University of Rome Tor Vergata: Italy
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age 10 at the Societa Gemina Scherma club in San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy.
Why this sport? "I got into the sport almost by accident. In the summer I was canoeing with my older sister Grazia and my parents told us about fencing and how we could take it up during the winter. Grazia took it up first with my brother Enrico, then I tried it with my other sisters."
Club / Team CS Esercito [ITA] / Club Scherma Rapallo [ITA]:
Name of coach Roberto Cirillo [Rapallo]; Alessandro Bossalini [national]; Daniele Pantoni [national]
Handedness Right
General Interest
Hobbies Photography, travel. (maranavarria.it, 26 May 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in individual epee at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. (FIE Fencing Channel YouTube channel, 16 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Work is a profession, free time is an art." (Facebook page, 15 Jun 2019)
Famous relatives Her sister Caterina and her brother Enrico have both represented Italy in fencing. Enrico was 15th in individual sabre at the 2009 World Junior Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland, while Caterina won silver in team sabre at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. Her husband Andrea Lo Coco has served as physical trainer of the Italy national fencing team. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Jul 2015; pianetascherma.com, 24 Apr 2014; Andrea Lo Coco Twitter profile, 06 May 2019)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (oasport.it, 30 Oct 2018)
Other information DEATH OF HER COACH
Her coach, Russian Oleg Pouzanov, died in December 2015. The pair had worked together since 2005. Later that month, she won gold at the 2015 World Cup event in Doha, Qatar, and showed the palm of her left hand with the name 'Oleg' written on it while she was on the podium. "I did what the master would have wanted. I have to thank many people but today, this success is all for Oleg." (esercito.difesa.it, 10 Dec 2015; federscherma.it, 03 Dec 2015)

TRAINING WHILE PREGNANT
She did not know she was pregnant when she competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She continued training up until three months before the birth of her son Samuele. (olimpiazzurra.com, 29 Aug 2013)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2012 Final 7-8 Team Epee London, England
World Championships
2018 1 Individual Epee Wuxi, China
2014 3 Team Epee Kazan, Russia
2013 7 Individual Epee Budapest, Hungary
2011 3 Team Epee Catania, Italy
European Championships
2018 5 Team Epee Novi Sad, Serbia
2017 Final 7-8 Team Epee Tbilisi, Georgia
2010 2 Team Epee Leipzig, Germany