LUCA PRESTI | From Sicily with max speed
This week we introduce Luca Presti, one of the most important members of our Fila Skates ambassador team.
Born in Catania in 1980 from a family of skaters, with father Pippo in the national team during the '70s, the brothers Marco, Massi and sister Antonella who left their mark on speed skating, winning all at least an Italian title. In his career as a professional skater he has conquered all that an athlete could desire: Italian, European and world champion... Being able to win World Cup marathons and being the holder of a world record (84 km), all thanks to the father-coach, who passed on the passion and enjoyed every training session together, from four years of age to twenty-four, when Luca left his native Sicily to arrive in the province of Venice, to follow the life project next to his future wife Sandy, also a skater.
In 2007 Luca disputed his last world championship, in Cali, Colombia, and from 2008 between family and work he said stop to the national team, but he remained active at national level until 2011, when, after winning the last two national titles, he withdrew from the competitions definitively, at 31 years.
In the following years, he dedicated himself to teaching speed skating to the little ones. Despite his family and sporting satisfactions, he felt he could still give something more to this sport, and so he took the opportunity presented to him in March 2018, with the Chinese government invited him to participate in an inline marathon in Beijing. That’s the spark, the memories of the races, with the people who incite you, ask you for photo and the autograph, so he accepted this invitation and within just two months he returned to the competitions. It is certainly not easy, given the age no longer young and the large family (Luca has three children), but thanks to his willpower and the important collaboration of his wife Sandy, he is back in inline speed racing.
In 2019, in addition to speed skating, a discipline that will see him involved in the Italian championships in Noale, scheduled for May, and at the World Championships in Barcelona, Luca has also approached downhill, a new challenge that fascinates him and will lead him to try , for the first time, to compete at the national championships next April.