Olympic Trap Champ Rossi: “Ready for 2013 World Cup season”

Coming back form the London Games with a Gold medal around her neck, Jessica Rossi turned into a celebrity. After starring in Italy’s biggest TV show, she’s now back to the shooting range, getting ready for the 2013 World Cup Season.

Italy’s Jessica Rossi has won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games held in London, performing an incredible result in the Trap Women event: 99 hits out of 100 clays, setting a new world record.

That performance opened new doors to the 21-year old shooter. Spotlights turned on the young and successful lady, who became a real celebrity in Italy. She jumped from one TV show to another for months, and then she was finally invited as guest star by the Italian Music Festival in Sanremo, the biggest TV show of her country. Jessica turned into the star of the 4-day event, and her appearance peaked the audience up to over 15 million people.

It was a success, but now that the lights of TV shows are off, Jessica’s focus is back on her core business: shooting sport.

After a long break, she's been getting ready for the 2013 shooting season for quite a while: “November and December have been athletic training months – she said – then, now, I'm focusing on other aspects. I'm training 4 or 5 hours a day, even if not always daily. I've been a little bit slowed down by the rules change: now I'm training on that point.”

Jessica, however, is not worried about that change: “It's definitely a new motivation to keep going on, - explained the Olympic champion - especially after such a great year as 2012 has been for me. With the new system, there won’t be final records – at least in 2013. I am a bit disappointed, but that also means that my 99-hit record is frozen: nobody can beat it, right?” She added with a smile on her face.

By the way, Jessica is ready for 2013: “I will take part in the first two World Cup Stages in Acapulco and Al Ain, that's for sure. The weather will be nice and warm out there, and it'll be a good chance to get in touch with the new rules.”

“2013 will be sort of a transition year for many reasons. – Jessica added - I will use it as a useful training to set down some goals for 2014.”

As Jessica said, 2013 is about to give us some shooting competitions really soon: the first one will be the ISSF World Cup Shotgun, to be held in Acapulco (Mexico) from March 15th to 24th. After that, the ISSF World Cup will move on to Changwon (South Korea) from April 2nd to 10th for the first ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup Stage. Then, pressure back on the Shotgun shooters, with the second ISSF Shotgun World Cup Stage to be held in Al Ain (United Arab Emirates) from April 15th to 24th .

Alessandro Ceschi, Marco Dalla Dea