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RAFFAELI Sofia
Italy
ITA
Title
Ms
Lastname
RAFFAELI
Firstname
Sofia
Gender
female
Country
Italy
Place of birth
Ancona
Year of birth
2004 (18 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Rhythmic Gymnastics
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Nickname
Atomic Ant (ilrestodelcarlino.it, 07 Jun 2022)
Hobbies
Listening to music, reading. (gymnastics.sport, 24 Jan 2022)
Occupation
Police Athlete, Student
Spoken languages
Italian
Club
Societa Ginnastica Fabriano [ITA] / GS Fiamme Oro [ITA]
Coach
Kristina Ghiurova [Fabriano, national]; Julieta Cantaluppi [Fabriano, national], ITA
International senior debut
2021 for Italy, World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria (eurosport.it, 28 Mar 2021)
Choreographer
Bilyana Dyakova (centropagina.it, 02 May 2022)
Start sporting career
She got involved in artistic gymnastics at age three, and switched to rhythmic gymnastics four years later. (ginnastica-ritmica.eu, 24 May 2019)
Reason for taking up the sport
She liked the sport from an early age, and switched from artistic gymnastics to rhythmic gymnastics after she was given a ribbon and a ball. "As I liked to play with these props I convinced my mother to take me to rhythmic gymnastics practise." (ginnastica-ritmica.eu, 24 May 2019)
Milestones
She became the first rhythmic gymnast representing Italy to win an individual title at the world championships by claiming gold in hoop at the 2022 edition of the tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Sep 2022; olympics.com, 14 Sep 2022)

In April 2022 she became the first rhythmic gymnast representing Italy to win the individual all-around competition at World Cup event when she finished first at an event in Athens, Greece. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Jun 2022; olympics.com, 03 Jun 2022)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, and to work as a gymnastics coach in future. (olympics.com, 03 Jun 2022; repubblica.it, 24 Jun 2022)
Trainings
She trains for up to eight hours per day. (olympics.com, 03 Jun 2022)
Most memorable sporting achievement
Winning two medals at the 2021 World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan. (olympics.com, 03 Jun 2022)
Hero / Idol
Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram. (olympics.com, 03 Jun 2022)
Philosophy / Motto
"[Being an individualist] is something that I think I have in my blood and it's not something that you choose. You are aware that you are better at one thing over another and I have always known that I prefer the individual event. I like to work in a team and enjoy competing with the team but the individual event is more my stuff." (olympics.com, 03 Jun 2022)
Additional information
General
ELEMENT
In 2021 the International Gymnastics Federation introduced a new element named after her. The element, the Raffaeli, consists of a side split, with or without help, the trunk in horizontal alignment and with a free bent leg. (gymnastics.sport, 25 Apr 2022; federginnastica.it, 26 Oct 2021)

Last update : 2022-09-15

World Championships

2021 - 38th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships KITAKYUSHU (JPN)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
6
Score Final
99.525 
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
70.150 
Hoop
Rank Final
3
Score Final
25.850
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
24.650
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
25.100
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
20.400
World Cup

2022 - FIG World Cup 2022 PESARO (ITA)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
126.800 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
1
Score Final
32.800
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
33.600
Ball
Rank Final
1
Score Final
33.650
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
31.850
Clubs
Rank Final
1
Score Final
33.400
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
32.750
Ribbon
Rank Final
2
Score Final
30.500
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
28.600

2022 - FIG World Cup 2022 BAKU (AZE)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
125.150 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
1
Score Final
34.900
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
33.000
Ball
Rank Final
3
Score Final
30.650
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
30.600
Clubs
Rank Final
3
Score Final
29.800
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
31.650
Ribbon
Rank Final
5
Score Final
28.350
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
29.900

2022 - FIG World Cup 2022 SOFIA (BUL)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
2
Score Final
124.550 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
2
Score Final
30.300
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
31.300
Ball
Rank Final
2
Score Final
32.250
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
30.750
Clubs
Rank Final
2
Score Final
31.450
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
32.150
Ribbon
Rank Final
6
Score Final
28.000
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
30.350

2022 - FIG World Cup 2022 PALAIO FALIRO, ATHENS (GRE)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
122.650 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
2
Score Final
31.700
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
31.250
Ball
Rank Final
1
Score Final
33.150
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
33.150
Clubs
Rank Final
1
Score Final
32.450
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
31.550
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
26.700
World Challenge Cup

2022 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2022 CLUJ-NAPOCA (ROU)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
141.600 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
1
Score Final
36.050
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
36.200
Ball
Rank Final
8
Score Final
30.900
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
36.000
Clubs
Rank Final
3
Score Final
34.850
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
35.650
Ribbon
Rank Final
1
Score Final
34.400
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
33.750
Continental Championships

2022 - 38th European Championships TEL AVIV (ISR)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
4
Score Final
131.250 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
1
Score Final
36.000
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Ball
Rank Final
2
Score Final
34.250
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Clubs
Rank Final
1
Score Final
34.550
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
325.600
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2021 - 37th European Championships VARNA (BUL)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
8
Score Final
98.750 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
23.850
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
25.400
Clubs
Rank Final
8
Score Final
24.300
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
26.950
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
39
Score Qualif.
16.850

2018 - 34th European Championships GUADALAJARA (ESP)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
67
Score Final
31.800 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
16.250
Clubs
Rank Final
5
Score Final
16.150
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
15.550
Junior World Championships

2019 - 1st FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics Junior World Championships MOSCOW (RUS)

Rope
Rank Final
2
Score Final
19.050
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
15.900
Ball
Rank Final
8
Score Final
17.450
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
19.600
Clubs
Rank Final
2
Score Final
19.450
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
20.600
Ribbon
Rank Final
7
Score Final
14.650
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
17.900
Team All-around aparatus
Rank Final
2
Score Final
119.100
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
World Cup qualifying for OG

2021 - FIG World Cup 2021 PESARO (ITA)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
8
Score Final
96.250 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
24.100
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
19
Score Qualif.
23.450
Clubs
Rank Final
6
Score Final
26.600
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
26.400
Ribbon
Rank Final
5
Score Final
22.350
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
22.300

2021 - FIG World Cup 2021 TASHKENT (UZB)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
4
Score Final
94.750 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
2
Score Final
25.400
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
23.900
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
23.700
Clubs
Rank Final
4
Score Final
26.000
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
25.600
Ribbon
Rank Final
2
Score Final
22.100
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
21.550

2021 - FIG World Cup 2021 SOFIA (BUL)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
10
Score Final
87.600 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
29
Score Qualif.
20.600
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
22.200
Clubs
Rank Final
2
Score Final
24.950
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
24.500
Ribbon
Rank Final
3
Score Final
21.350
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
20.300