homenewsMY ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: #ADP10x2015

2015-12-31MY ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: #ADP10x2015

Since the time my website was created, already for some years, during this period I enjoy putting together 10 names of the athletes that in my opinion were outstanding in this coming to the end year. 

My ranking is based on my memory and emotions of a sportsman (super passionale about sport). 

I want to precise that I don't pretend to give an absolute evaluation or claim the completeness, the order of the names on my ranking list is random. 

It's just a game to celebrate the passion we have in common: love for sport and for extraordinary achievements that year by year renew the magic. These are my ten… send me yours. As usual place your comments on Twitter and Facebook: #ADP10x2015. 

 In the memory of a great man Jonah Lomu, beyond any ranking list.


It's hard to do more or better. Flavia Pennetta has conquered a historical result not only for herself, but for Italian sport and tennis. For the second time an Italian wins Slam. With this match of her ice she decided to end in style her career. Impossible to find a better way.


All Italian final was possible to play thanks to a phenomenal girl, Roberta Vinci, who had played an incredibile tournament, ending home in semi-final a tennis player that Sports Illustrated named as an athlete of the year, Serena Williams. This match is probably the greatest emotion of 2015, one of the most surprising matches ever. “Applaudite anche me, c…”


Talking about writing history...Gregorio Paltrinieri (great Juventus fan, but it's not important…) managed to do what no Italian before him has ever done: to win World gold medal in 1500 metres. A masterpiece, that joins silver in 800  in Kazan and in European competition ( short length) Great Greg, what a champion!


A legend… Federica is a regular member of this ranking list! With silver in 200 metres in Kazan ( wait, two silver medals, counting also relay race) she became the first and only athlete in the history of swimming to win at least one medal in six consecutive World championships. The continuity of the results really makes all the difference ( ask Usain Bolt, for example...). And in 2016 there'll be Olympics in Rio: no need to interrupt, right?


Another great achievement in the swimming pool. Fantastic year for swimmers, fantastic year for divers and for the strongest Italian dive. She was just missing World gold meda, and she got it when she turned 30, a great lesson for all athletes: Tania has always believed and she made it. Gold and two bronze medals. Same here… next step Rio!


For great champions like Valentino Rossi, a word “second” doesn't exist, they are kind of allergic to it. That's why I'm quite sure that he's already working on winning  next World competition, his tenth. A special number, you know. And even if his season didn't end like we all hoped, it was still an incredible season and Valentino earned the "10" vote. 


As Sky Sport reporter, I was lucky to see him "live" at one of the most emotional games I witnessed as a spectator: the final of Rugby World Cup in Twickenham between New Zealand and Australia. The match was solved by a champion that did the most important thing at the most important moment: Dan Carter, a true legend, gave a victory to All Blacks, proving once again his myth. Unfortunately,  this  year will remain unforgettable also for another reason, dramatic farewell to Jonah Lomu, the best ever.


This year was definitely his own and of his Golden State Warriors that conquered the "ring" in a fantastic final against Cavaliers of Lebron James. For American basket fans like me, watching Steph play is incredible, because while you see him playing you realize that in some years we'd be talking about him as about the athlete who changed this game, like only few in the history of  Nba.


Normally I avoid talking football here, but how not to mention a team that just in one year won a Championship, National Cup,  Champions League, European SuperCup and World Cup for Club? Everything well earned!


Last very special mention for Black Mamba. 2015, from athletic point of view, wasn't exactly his best year. But being a sportsman, a basket fan, and also Lakers' fan, I want to pay him respects.  Kobe has announced his retirement, and now for him there'll be  just  lap of honour. I join the standing ovation.

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