We are in heaven.
A paradise that glitters with gold, silver and bronze. 24 medals out of 42 available, equal to 57% of the prize pool. 7 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze.
The apotheosis, this morning. The cherry on top of an incredible adventure, made of passion, competence, hard work and good relationships. The "all black" eight from New Zealand has dispelled our last hidden "taboo": to win a gold medal at the Olympics on the eight.
The New Zealand women's champions, second for nothing, behind Canada, did not make it; the men's one succeeded, with the legendary Hamish Bond on board (highly decorated 2- Olympian), moved at the last moment to the 7 seat.
As Iztok Cop, the unforgotten former Slovenian Olympic champion, who cooperates with our international staff, suggested us this morning, this is not a goal but a starting point to work with more participation and commitment, with the aim of improving the quality of our product and consequently the performance of those who use it. And they're not a few, if it is true that 52 countries have chosen Filippi once again, in this necessarily muffled but still fascinating edition of the Olympics.
We are also proud of having contributed to bring to the fame the rising stars of world rowing with the help of so many capable and meticulous coaches. Like the new Olympic vice-champion Hanna Prakatsen, of the Russian Olympic Committee, who gave us a valuable silver in the women's singles.
In a moment of joy, however, let us comfort Sverri Nielsen, the Danish vice world champion in the men's singles in Linz 2019. He has always made himself available to rigidly test our materials during the last months before the Olympics. We thank him.
Sport, as we know, gives and takes away: we must accept the results of the venue, whatever they are, if they are then used to relaunch the challenges.
Ours has just begun.
photo credit: © Éric Marie - Filippi Boats