Italian Sprinter Silvia Di Pietro Makes Her Return to the Pool

Italian record holder Silvia Di Pietro has made her return to the pool after suffering an injury in her patellar tendon.

Before her injury, Di Pietro had breakout performances at the 2016 Short Course World Championships in Windsor, Canada. She sprinted to a silver medal in the 50 free in an Italian record of 23.90. Di Pietro also won silver in the 400 free relay and bronze in the 200 free relay.

2017 then became a downward spiral for Di Pietro. While preparing for the World Championships in Budapest, Di Pietro had injured her patellar tendon. This would not have been the first time the Italian sprint star had to take time off from an injury. In 2010, Di Pietro had also suffered a shoulder injury that cost a year off from training.

Working with coach Mirko Nozzolillo, Di Pietro began rehabbing after undergoing knee surgery in March 2018. After undergoing surgery, Di Pietro left with determination for the next season.

In late August, Di Pietro took her first dive off the blocks and continues to make her comeback from there. Di Pietro posted on her Instagram today on her progress over the last 5 months and how she continues to push through her recovery.

The caption translates to:

“Short film (divided into 4 MINI VIDEOS) of the last 5 months, from the surgery to the first dive. There is still a long way to go …. thanks to those who have been at my side so far.”

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25 free champ

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Steve Nolan

Lol, I’m a real commenter and I’m downvoting the hell out of this.

Boy, you crazy. 87 total votes isn’t out of the norm, and it was a universally dumb-as-hell post lolol.

Take the L and move on.


Looking at the picture of Silvia di Pietro I am beginning to understand why Venus de Milo has no arms: she probably was a great swimmer.
Silvia’s eyes are very attractive and her eyebrows are perfect but all this beauty is securely guarded by such a strong hand.


Her arm looks bigger than it is as it is resting on the lane line.


Then take it off the picture. That was the point with the example of Venus. 😀


My daughter-in-law cut off all my attempts and stated firmly that under no circumstances her daughter will swim competitively at any level.


Great, great news that Silvia Di Pietro has made her return to the pool.
So courageous swimmer: she injured in early 2017 and swam through the pain the rest of the season and at Worlds in Budapest.
The best of luck at this talented and fearless Italian swimmer.
In general, good news also from the other great Italian swimmers struggling with injuries in the last season: both Detti and Martinenghi have made their return to training.
But Di Pietro was the most complicated and heartbreaking case.

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