Inside with Brett Hawke: Gregorio Paltrinieri

By Fitter and Faster Staff

The reigning Olympic Champion in the 1500 Free, Gregorio Paltrinieri sits down on holiday to chat with Brett about his career, his recent 14:33 mile, and looking towards Tokyo 2021.

They discuss…

Changing coaches from Stefano Morini to Fabrizio Antonelli.
Grant Hackett and Ian Thorpe were Greg’s idols growing up.
Working on technique and lengthening out his stroke.
2012 winning Europeans at 17. Getting 5th in the 1500 at 2012 Olympics. All about having fun.
“I’m not focusing on times…” – Gregorio Paltrinieri
How do you experience your pain in the 1500?
Swimming open water.
“I want to feel the pain so I’m ready for the race.” – Gregorio Paltrinieri
How do you cope with a bad practice?
2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea
Being friends with Mack Horton.
Handling the situation, being an Olympic icon.
Gregorio Paltrinieri’s Most Memorable Swim Practice:
-3×1500’s with :30 rest
-15:30, 15:30, 15:30
Greg does 3x camps at altitude every year. This practice was at altitude.
Focusing on speed. Still training 16 to 18 kilometers a day.
Relax. Recover. Sleep.
“The most important thing in swimming is winning.” – Gregorio Paltrinieri
Talk to me about Sun Yang. “We never had a real challenge…we never really met in a real competition.”
Do you dream about the 200 or the 400? Focus is really on the 800/1500/Open Water.

And much more!