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Italy’s Beccari and Guarise reflect on surprise European gold

Lucrezia Beccari and Matteo Guarise reflect on surprise gold

Lucrezia Beccari and Matteo Guarise of Italy pose in the Pairs medal ceremony during the ISU European Figure Skating Championships on January 11, 2024, in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Lucrezia Beccari and Matteo Guarise

One of the standout narratives from the 2024 European Championships revolved around Italy’s Lucrezia Beccari and Matteo Guarise. Delivering two flawless and thrilling performances, they secured the title, surprising many by surpassing teams considered favorites. Despite starting from third place after the short program, Beccari and Guarise aspired to maintain their podium position. The unexpected triumph left them in awe. Even days after their success, the reality of their victory had yet to fully sink in.

In this interview, Beccari and Guarise take a moment to reflect on their remarkable week in Kaunas, expressing profound gratitude. They share how the genuine congratulations from their friends and family added to the sense of accomplishment and joy surrounding their achievements.

In the summer of 2022, Beccari and Guarise formed a partnership. This collaboration came about following the conclusion of Guarise’s enduring partnership with Nicole Della Monica. Della Monica decided to conclude her competitive career after their third Olympic games in Beijing. Despite this transition, Guarise remained passionate about contributing to the sport he loves. As such, he sought a new chapter in his career.

The team delves into the story of how they first crossed paths and joined forces. They also talk about the dynamics that make their partnership thrive, even with a notable 15-year age gap. The duo highlights the seamless complementarity between them and emphasizes the positive impact it has on both individuals.

Beccari sheds light on the factors that led to her decision to transition from Singles to Pairs skating, outlining the reasons behind this significant change. She articulates why she has developed a deep affection for her new discipline that has been more fulfilling for her.

As they set their sights on the major goal of the 2026 Olympic Games in Milan, the skaters disclose their performance objectives. They share their aspiration to surpass the 70-point threshold in the short program and aim to break the 200-point barrier overall. They are also determined to practice quadruple throws in the future and Matteo explains how he wants to cautiously train this element.

The duo is expected to perform next at their first World Championships together in Montreal later this season.

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