The Reuters global sports blog
When fame just melts away…
Every morning Enrico Fabris leaves his house in the mountains for an 80-km bike ride. As a double Olympic champion in speedskating, he would rather be training on the ice for the Vancouver Games but Italy can offer him no indoor facilities.
Three years after Italy held the Winter Games in Turin, where the policeman became the host country’s most successful athlete at one Olympics with two golds and a bronze, Fabris is disappointed that nothing has improved for speedskating.
“People in our sport expected something more. They hoped speedskating would take off in Italy, because we had won the Italian Games. Two years later we were disappointed because nothing had happened,” Fabris said at his new house amid Asiago’s Alpine pastures, in northeast Italy.
I spoke to Enrico at length for a feature which you can read in full by following this link.
He was also kind enough to record a short video in English, so please press play above to hear what he has to say, first of all about the technique required by a speedskater and then what he thinks of his chances in Vancouver.