The World Games Athlete of the Month for July 2019 is 24-year-old Artistic Roller Skater Luca Lucaroni from Italy. Luca is The World Games Champion and World Champion, having just won gold in both disciplines at the World Roller Games.
Luca has been Individual World Champion for the last four years and in the couples category since 2014 with skating partner Rebecca Tarlezzi. Luca trains six to seven hours a day, half of that time alone and the other half with Rebecca.
“The secret is the rapport. We are like brother and sister, and we never argue. And when one of us is in low spirits, the other provides encouragement,” Luca says.
Luca says that perseverance is the key to consistently performing at an elite level in skating. His own perseverance was tested in 2018 when he lost his trainer and mentor Gabriele Quirini in a traffic accident. With the support of family, friends, Rebecca, and former world champion Luca D’Alisera, he continued his training and went on to win the title of World Champion in the Artistic World Championships of La Vendee.
“Skating requires a lot of sacrifice and a lot of passion,” he says. “You have to work hard and dedicate many hours to it, but above all, you have to have fun. If you do not have fun skating, you will never reach the top – and I do have a lot of fun skating.”
Luca recently shared more with Protective Life about skating, his achievements and what he’s looking forward to in the future.
Q: When did you start competing in Artistic Roller Skating? What drew you to the sport?
I started skating at the age of 4. I have two older sisters so I started skating with them.
Like all children, I played sports to have fun and learn new things. My parents have always practiced sports and have always accompanied me on this adventure, not only in sports but also in life. I started competing from an early age. Even if I couldn’t get good results, I liked to skate, I had fun and made many new friends. I think this is one of the most important things for a child who plays sports.
Q: If you weren’t an artistic skater, what other World Games sport would you want to compete in?
If I wasn’t a figure skater, I would have liked to be able to compete in Fistball.
Q: To anyone who is not familiar with artistic roller skating, how do you explain the sport to them?
Skating is not only a physical and mental sport, for me it is art … because when we skate we must not only do the requested exercise but we must transmit through the movements, the expressions of our body, the emotions we feel while we are on skates to the audience watching us.
Q: You’re highly decorated with awards such as your World Championships and Italian Championships from 2015 to 2018, second place at the Junior World Championship in 2013 and second place at World Championships in 2015. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
The most beautiful emotions came from, above all, the world championships in 2016, this last world championship in Barcelona in 2019 and the victory in The World Games in 2017. The first because I was in Italy, at home. To be able to be in front of my family, my friends, my team and the whole audience was really great. I managed to gain strength from them and I managed to give the best of myself.
Q: What is ahead for you in 2019 and 2020? What are you most looking forward to?
Every athlete’s dream is to be able to participate at the Olympics. We are trying hard to make this dream come true. I will try as I do every year to set an example to the little skaters who will take our place one day and will be figure skating at the highest levels as we are trying to do ourselves.
Congratulations to Luca on being named July’s Athlete of the Month, and we’re looking forward to cheering you on in the future!
Read more about Luca and previous Athlete of the Month honorees on The World Games website.