Alessandra Pichelli Explains Why She Is Competing For Italy This Year

When the changes to the CrossFit Games qualification process via the Open were announced, many joked about moving to a country without a top CrossFit athlete in order to qualify to the Games. As part of the rules, however, an athlete had to have citizenship to compete for a country.

While it does not appear many athletes “moved” to another country, Alessandra Pichelli is competing for a country you might not have expected. In 2017, Pichelli competed for Team Canada in the CrossFit Invitational as that is where she was born.

However, Pichelli’s CrossFit Games profile lists her as competing for Italy. Pichelli explains, “Both my parents are Italian immigrants and my Mom was born in Italy. I was born and grew up in Canada before moving to the US for college and have stayed there with my German husband. I am a US resident, but have both Italian and Canadian passports.”

Pichelli continues, “The new CrossFit rulebook changed to a qualification system based on citizenship and not residence and I’ve chosen to compete for Italy. I’m looking forward to represent my Italian roots- it doesn’t mean I’m any less Canadian or less proud to represent Italy.”

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I wanted to explain why I’m competing for Italy this year and respond to some questions I’ve been getting. Both my parents are Italian immigrants and my Mom was born in Italy. I was born and grew up in Canada before moving to the US for college and have stayed there with my German husband. I am a US resident, but have both Italian and Canadian passports. The new CrossFit rulebook changed to a qualification system based on citizenship and not residence and I’ve chosen to compete for Italy. I’m looking forward to represent my Italian roots- it doesn’t mean I’m any less Canadian or less proud to represent Italy. The best Italian girls like @manilapennacchio, @marta_ricottini , @danilacapaccetti are phenomenal athletes and are already proving how tough of a competition they are! I would love nothing more than to see multiple Italians and Canadians at the Games this year! Best- Alessandra _______________________________________________________ 🇮🇹: Volevo spiegare perché quest'anno gareggio per l'Italia e rispondere ad alcune domande che ho ricevuto. Entrambi i miei genitori sono immigrati italiani e mia madre è nata in Italia. Sono nata e cresciuta in Canada prima di trasferirmi negli Stati Uniti per frequentare l’università dove sono rimasta a vivere con mio marito che è tedesco. Per questo sono residente negli Stati Uniti, ma ho due passaporti, quello italiano e quello canadese. Il nuovo regolamento di CrossFit è cambiato, ed il sistema di qualificazione è basato sulla cittadinanza e non sulla residenza. Io ho scelto di competere per l'Italia. Non vedo l'ora di rappresentare le mie origini italiane, e questo non significa che io sia meno canadese o meno orgogliosa di rappresentare l'Italia. Le migliori ragazze italiane come @manilapennacchio, @marta_ricottini, @danilacapaccetti sono atlete fenomenali e stanno già dimostrando quanto siano una competizione difficile! Non mi piacerebbe nient’altro che vedere più italiani e canadesi ai CrossFit Games quest'anno! -Alessandra

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No athlete has ever qualified to the CrossFit Games from Italy. While many would expect Pichelli to easily qualify for the Games from Italy, that may not be the case. After 19.1, Pichelli sits in 3rd place behind Manila Pennacchio and Marta Ricottini. Both finished four reps better than the six-time CrossFit Games veteran.

Pennacchio finished 7th at last year’s Meridian Regional.

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Ultimo minuto del mio 19.1 😖prima settimana di open passata. Mi sono resa conto di essermi fatta prendere dalla solita ansia e dalle varie preoccupazioni. Oggi quello che mi ripeto è di SMETTERE DI AVERE PAURA DI COSA POTREBBE ANDARE STORTO, PERCHÉ SOLO UNA COSA RENDE IMPOSSIBILE UN SOGNO E CIOÈ LA PAURA DI FALLIRE❤️ altre 4 settimane dove cercherò di controllare quello che è sotto il mio controllo e non quello che non posso controllare. Quindi spero in tanto divertimento che allo stesso tempo mi porti agli Obbiettivi sperati. 💪 L'atteggiamento é una piccola cosa che fa una grande differenza 😜#roadtothegames2019 #fitnessmotivation #manilapennacchio #crossfitmotivation #crossfitfamily #ilovemylife #fittestinitaly #fitgirl #theboxhubeu #THEBOXHUB #rockaroundthebox @thetrainingplan @jamitikkanen @xeniosusa @CROSSFITCARPI @CROSSFIT_TEAM059 @daddy_059 @theboxhubeu

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