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Delfina Pignatiello after Tokyo 2020: she moves away from social networks to prioritize her 'mental health'


"I would love to continue streaming and continue with the YouTube channel, but I am in a situation that exceeds me," he apologized.

08/01/2021 2:38 PM

  • Clarí

  • sports

Updated 08/01/2021 2:38 PM

Delfina Pignatiello

decided to

restrict their accounts in social networks

and public activity on YouTube and Twitch, where he used to

spend much time carrying out


live with the public or with known members of that world on the web. According to the swimmer, she

made that decision to protect her mental health

, after competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and being criticized by the usual



that abound on the networks.

"Sorry, from the heart.

I would love to continue


and continue with the YouTube channel, but

I am in a situation that exceeds me


I feel very hurt and need to prioritize my mental health and well-being.

I do not know what will happen from here on, but know that I will miss you.

And thank you very much for your stamina.

He carried it in my heart ”, was the message that Delfina wrote.

A lot has changed in Pignatiello since I thread one hit after another in the pools.

She was two-time youth world champion, double silver medalist at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games and three-time champion at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Her career was on a continuous ascent ... but the pandemic arrived.

Her absolute distancing from the press, an exclusively personal decision, ended temporarily by decision and personal convenience, when she chose to speak in TN and cry out to be allowed to train thinking of Tokyo 2020, in the middle of the initial quarantine in 2020.

Everything was a slide in terms of times in the pool and in terms of its sensations.

She moved alone, established her name as a brand seeking sponsors to advertise their products on social networks and became popular as an influencer due to her youth and freshness.

But no traditional media.

No questions and answers.

Posts and



Yes indeed.

An episode in networks marked her

, when she felt sexualized by a post in the pool of her family home.

And he exposed it.

It is an epochal syndrome that adolescents experience on a daily basis.

And even in an interview with

Clarín he

had told that in his moment of success, when he was a minor, men his father's age wrote to him, privately.

“It makes me want to come back in the next Games with another head and another training session.

I prepared a lot for this, it is what I always dreamed of, with my convictions.

I am clear that it is a long race, it is neither a before nor an after, ”said Pignatiello after the 1,500 and 800 meter freestyle tests.

In swimming, a sport measured by times, everything is easy to predict.

Her times in 2021 were not going to allow her good results in Tokyo 2020. But she earned her classifications in good law.

And she deserved to be an Olympian.

However, serial attacks on social networks are increasingly common towards anyone and several athletes have suffered fierce criticism.

Many do not take them into account and others suffer from them.

It is no coincidence that another young woman, the marksman Fernanda Russo (21), has exposed this situation.

"We have received many hateful messages and many unjustified attacks on the networks. Let us be a little more careful with the things we write on the screen and bear in mind that first of all we are all human: athletes and those who are not," he said. in a video on their networks.

Source: clarin

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