Olympian Fencer Aldo Montano: En Garde for Dairy

in Features, Food Allergy, Milk & Egg
Published: August 29, 2016

Aldo1Aldo Montano in competition against a Team Italy member. Photo: Augusto Bizzi

We noticed a photo when you were competing in Boston with your team having a lobster dinner. Do you enjoy a good meal?

AM: Absolutely. And we shouldn’t lose that. We allergic people have a medical condition, but can have a great life, as long as we take precautions.

What’s the secret to staying at the top of your game at age 37?

AM: My secret is the same as Superman’s: stay away from kryptonite. If I stay clear of dairy, I am super strong. My secret is to stay away from it, and be positive. Be careful and take precautions. If there is an accident, be prepared. Always carry epinephrine. Prevent as much as possible.

What does it mean to you to go to the Olympics?

AM: Heading to the Olympics again is a great challenge. I feel the same as in 2002 and 2003. My life makes me feel alive. I still have the same desire to win. I certainly have evolved, my sport life has changed, but I still feel the same. I want to win. My spirit is bold. I love life and train for an objective.

I take great satisfaction in winning: I’m badass, combative. I like to always be at the center of attention in my sporting life. It makes me strong, it stimulates me. I can’t imagine myself in any other way.

You have a big fan base in Italy. Do your fans motivate you?

AM: Fencing doesn’t shine enough of its own light. There is a good Olympic spotlight, but then we live in the shadows for four years. But my fan base has built over the years, and is very close to me. They motivate me. I give them a good example, something to make them proud. This is a wonderful sensation.

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