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A fearsome contender

Giovanna Scoccimarro from the Wolfsburg plant is one of the best judokas in Europe. Her dream is to go to the 2020 Olympic Games.

­Scoccimarro at her workplace, she is friendly and low-key. When she’s pursuing her hobby, though, she is fearsome. This apprentice in office management won a silver medal at the European Judo Championships in Poland a few weeks ago, after bringing the German title home to Wolfsburg at the beginning of the year.

In the weight class up to 70 kilos,
­Scoccimarro didn’t lose a single match until the final. “But I’m still satisfied with my first performance in the European championship for adults,” says the 19-year-old.

One secret to her success: hard work. Scoccimarro trains at least two hours every day after work – whether at her home club of MTV Vorsfelde, with the state squad in Braunschweig, or at the Olympic training center in Hanover. She works on her endurance, strength, and precision, and practices uchi-mata, her special technique. She is a force to be reckoned with, also in national-league matches with her Vorsfelde team.

Giovanna Scoccimarro (19) enjoys her apprenticeship. Uchi-mata is her winning technique in judo matches.

» It would be a dream to win a medal in Tokyo. «

Scoccimarro took up judo at the age of six. Born in the town of Lessien near Wolfsburg, she watched her older brothers Federico (now 28) and Luigi (22) do judo, and she wanted to join in. Do the three of them share anything besides their passion for judo? Yes – they all work for Volkswagen in Wolfsburg. As for the apprentice from Lessien, she has been learning about scheduling, making phone calls, doing spreadsheets and more since starting in September.

Her profession will always be her top priority. After all, even the best judoka cannot live from their sport. When possible, Volkswagen supports ­Scoccimarro by giving her time off for international competitions such as the European Championships. “It’s very helpful, and I’m grateful,” she says. Her main goal is to go to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. “It would be a dream come true to win a medal in Japan, the home of judo.”