Francesca is a 5’9” 165 lb 25 year old outside hitter on the Italian women’s Olympic Volleyball team. This is Francesca’s second tour with the Italian Olympic team. She played on the Sydney team in 2000.
Francesca has been on the Italian Volleyball team since she was 20 years old. In that time the Italians have rapidly improved culminating in the women capturing the Women’s World Volleyball Championship in 2002. They defeated the US team 3-2 in the finals of that tournament.
Here’s a photo of Francesca accepting the World Championship trophy on the left, displaying her gold medal in the middle, and showing off her gold (and more) on the right.
The Italians placed 9th in the Sydney Olympics in 2000. So far this year, the Italians are 2-0. They easily overcame Korea in straight sets, 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-19) for their opening day win. Then they came back and crushed Japan in straight-sets 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-17). They will meet an excellent Brazilian team on Wednesday.
Francesca on the court.
Her first nude (and yes it is her) taken right from her website).
Piccinini as a Nude Model
Piccinini as a Calendar Girl
Francesca posed for a 2004 calendar for Men’s Health Magazine.
Here’s the cover and the article lead:
And three of the months (I’m saving the other nine for another day).
I’ll keep an eye on the TV schedule and let you know when you can catch Francesca.