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Pietro Zileri Dal Verme
Height: 6'5"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Florence, Italy

Who is an athlete you try to emulate?
The athlete that I try to emulate is Lorenzo Carboncini, an Italian rower that won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney, 2000. He is famous for his technique and his skills on the boat, plus he is a great man! I met him on several occasions, like events or regattas, and he seems to me like the athlete I want to become: humble, smart, kind and competitive.

What is your favorite clas you have taken at UW?
The best class I've taken so far at UW is ECON200, a class about micro-economics that teaches all the economic process that firms and entire countries are using. I liked that because I find it interesting to see how our society works.

What is your favorite memory as a Husky?
My favorite moment as Husky has been the week end I spent in Lake Samish with the crew team. There I felt a part of the team, and nothing could beat that feeling. We stayed in a simple place surrounded by the nature and all we needed to do was focusing on rowing.

I liked those moments because I had the opportunity to practice at a high level in one of the most wonderful places I've ever seen. The scenary was incredible!

What is your rowing background? What other sports have you played?
I have played tennis since I was 7 years old. Then, when I understood that tennis was not my thing, I started to row when I got into high school at 14 years old. Since then, I won 12 Italian rowing championships for my rowing club in Florence.

Then I won the gold medal at the World Junior (under 19) Championships on the 8+ with the Italian national team in 2011 (Great Britain) and 2012 (Bulgaria), and in the same years I won the European Junior Championships (in Poland 2011 and Slovenia 2012). Over the summer of 2013 I participated to the World Under 23 Championship (Austria) and I finished 4th on the cox-less four.

If you could be an athlete in another sport, what sport would it be?
If I could be an athlete for another sport I would chose soccer for sure. I would love to be that kind of player who always sacrifice himself for the team and for the fans. I think that soccer can give you emotions that any other sport could not do.

I'm a big fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, I could stay hours watching videos about him with the ball. Every week I follow European soccer, especially Serie A, Premier League, Primera Division and Bundesliga.

I've never played soccer on a real team because my parents never liked the idea, but I played it since I was really young with my two younger brothers in the garden. In the place where I come from there is actually a strong culture of this sport.
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