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CAIRONI Martina
Sport Para athletics
NPC Italy   
GenderWomen
Age30
Place of BirthAlzano Lombardo, ITA
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T63, F63
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Linguistics - University of Bologna: Italy
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2010 in Imola, Italy.
Why this sport?
She noticed a poster promoting Para athletes in an office during her rehabilitation process. "I decided that I wanted to give it a try. Before the accident I played volleyball, but I never imagined that sport would become my life." She discovered that she enjoyed training for the running and jumping events.
Club / Team
Fiamme Gialle: Rome, ITA
Name of coach
Davide Gamberini [personal], ITA
General Interest
Nicknames
Marty, Smarty (Instagram profile, 15 Sep 2019)
Hobbies
Snowboarding. (bergamo.corriere.it, 07 Feb 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning medals at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
South African politician Nelson Mandela, US musician Jimi Hendrix, Italian sprinter Pietro Mennea. (paralympic.org, 22 Feb 2015)
Injuries
In late 2019 she suffered from an ulcer on the stump of her amputated leg that became infected, preventing her from training for nearly a month. She said that by February 2020 the ulcer had cleared up. (bergamo.corriere.it, 07 Feb 2020)

An ankle problem meant she had to take a break from the long jump after competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (ilgiorno.it, 20 May 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Enjoy your efforts, you will be repaid sooner or later." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
She was Italy's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (iodonna.it, 2016)

She was named the 2015 Paralympic Athlete of the Year at the Gazzetta dello Sport Awards in Milan, Italy. (comitatoparalimpico.it, 18 Dec 2015)

In May 2015 she was named Athlete of the Month by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (insidethegames.biz, 08 Jun 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (ecodibergamo.it, 21 Apr 2017; bergamo.corriere.it, 07 Feb 2020; raiplayradio.it, 10 Feb 2020)
Impairment
In 2007 she was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in the amputation of her left leg above the knee. (storiedisport.it, 09 Dec 2012; superabile.it, 16 Aug 2012)
Other information
SANCTION
In early November 2019 she tested positive for the banned steroid Clostebol in an out-of-competition test in Bologna, Italy. She was provisionally suspended and missed the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as a result. She said the banned substance was contained in a cream she used to treat an ulcer on the stump of her amputated leg, which she said she used in small doses before declaring it as a Therapeutic Use Exemption [TUE]. She initially faced a 12-month ban, which would have ended her hopes of competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, but Italy's national anti-doping organisation accepted her explanation that use of the cream was for therapeutic purposes and not intended to enhance performance, and handed her a four-month ban ending 09 March 2020. "I was naive, I read the leaflet for the cream and asked a federal doctor, but I should have investigated further, especially the TUE procedure." (apnews.com, 07 Nov 2019; bergamo.corriere.it, 03 Feb 2020; bergamo.corriere.it, 07 Feb 2020; raiplayradio.it, 10 Feb 2020)

IMPACT OF SANCTION
She said the four-month suspension she received in late 2019 significantly impacted her psychological well-being, which was compounded by the ulcer on her stump becoming infected, leaving her unable to train. "I consider myself a balanced person, but at that point I was afraid of hurting myself. I had no way to vent. I'm hyperactive and couldn't run. I felt abandoned, excluded from my world, everything was crumbling. It can drive you crazy. I even thought about changing sports, to snowboarding, which I really like. I vented on my poor husband who was fundamental. If I had been alone, who knows what might have happened. The experience has made me grow up. It helped me, even if it hardened my heart a little. It taught me to be patient. I don't want to forget this episode, but now I am looking forward. The ulcer on my stump is better now, but I have to be careful not to force it while preparing for the Paralympics." (bergamo.corriere.it, 07 Feb 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2012 Long Jump T42/44 3.50
1 2012 100m T42 15.87
2 2016 Long Jump T42 4.66
1 2016 100m T42 14.97
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 Long Jump T42 4.25
1 2013 100m T42 15.26
2 2015 Long Jump T42 4.59
1 2015 100m T42 14.61
1 2017 100m T42 14.65
1 2017 Long Jump T42 4.72
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m T42 15.63
2 2014 Long Jump T42 4.07
2 2016 Long Jump T42-44 4.48
1 2016 100m T42 15.80
1 2018 Long Jump T63 4.91
1 2018 100m T63 14.91