4. Sex (maybe) and the Italian swim sensation
Eric Reguly’s story on Italian swim and media sensation Federica Pellegrini ahead of the London Olympics brought plenty of strong reaction from readers.
“The British and international press in London are in for a treat when they spot her,” Reguly wrote. “Tall, tattooed, beautiful and occasionally blond, she is fond of shedding her clothes in photo shoots.”
Pellegrini’s boyfriend Filippo Magnini, the former 100-metre world freestyle champion, made headlines before the Games, telling the Italian gossip magazine Chi that he and Pellegrini would avoid sex ahead of Pellegrini’s London swim events. To which “La Pellegrini,” as she is known in her home country, responded: “Abstinence! Are you mad?”
Pellegrini failed to medal in London, finishing fifth in the 400-metre freestyle and the 200-metre freestyle.
The Associated Press