Federica Faiella (born 1 February 1981 in Rome) is an Italian ice dancer. With partner Massimo Scali, she is the 2010 World bronze medalist, 2009 & 2010 European silver medalist, and six-time (2003–2005, 2007–2009) Italian national champion. They have won eleven Grand Prix medals.


 [hide*1 Career


Early career[edit]Edit

Faiella began skating at the age of ten.[1] She competed with Luciano Milo, with whom she was the Junior Grand Prix Final champion in the 1997–1998 season. She and Scali trained at the same rink under the same coach.[2] After Milo quit skating, she briefly partnered with a French skater.[2]

Partnership with Scali[edit]Edit

[1][2]Faiella / Scali perform a reverse lift

Faiella teamed up with Massimo Scali in 2001.[3] Despite skating together for only a brief period of time, Faiella / Scali were able to qualify for the 2002 Winter Olympics, where they finished 18th.

In their second season of competition together, Faiella / Scali won Italian nationals for the first time, and placed in the top ten at the European Championships. A year later, they moved into the top ten at Worlds. In the years leading up to the 2006 Winter Olympics, they continued to make steady progress up the ranks. Prior to the 2005–06 Olympic season, Barbara Fusar-Poli / Maurizio Margaglio, who won bronze for Italy at the 2002 Games, returned to the eligible ranks. Faiella / Scali became the second Italian team, and finished outside the top ten at the Olympics after a fall in the original dance.[4]

Following the season, they made a coaching change and relocated to the United States to work with Pasquale Camerlengo and Anjelika Krylova at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.[1] They had an up and down season in 2006–07 but enjoyed good results in 2007–08, including a fourth place at the Europeans and a fifth place finish at Worlds.

In the 2008–09 season, Faiella / Scali finished second at the Trophee Eric Bompard and won their first Grand Prix event, the 2008 NHK Trophy. This qualified them for their first Grand Prix final, where they finished fourth. They won their first European medal, a silver, behind Russians Jana Khokhlova / Sergei Novitski.[5] At the 2009 World Championships, a fall in the original dance ended their hopes of medal contention, and they finished eighth.

[3][4]Faiella / Scali in 2008

In the 2009–10 Olympic season, Faiella / Scali began their season with a bronze medal at the 2009 Cup of China. They withdrew from their next Grand Prix event due to Faiella's illness. At the 2010 Europeans, they won both the original dance and the free dance on their way to their second European silver medal. They finished fifth at the Olympics. Faiella became ill after the Olympics and returned to the ice only four days before the World Championships.[6] The duo won their first world medal, a bronze, in Turin.[7]

At the 2010 World Championships, Faiella / Scali announced that they would return for another season. Their assigned Grand Prix events were the Cup of China and the Cup of Russia. Visa problems delayed their training in the U.S. and Faiella had recurring back problems.[8] They again finished third at the 2010 Cup of China after Scali tripped on Faiella's skirts in both programs.[9] They withdrew from the 2010 Cup of Russia prior to the free dance due to Scali's back injury.[10] At the 2011 European Championships, they placed ninth in the short dance but moved up to fifth after the free dance.[11] This was their final competitive event.[12]

On March 15, 2011, Scali announced on the team's website that they were retiring from competitive skating and that he would work with coach and choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo's team at the Detroit Skating Club.[12] However, in May 2011, after it became clear that Faiella's healing process was progressing better than expected, they announced through their official website that they would in fact continue to skate competitively.[13] The comeback attempt ended after Faiella injured her back, and in 2012 Scali confirmed that they would not return to competitive skating.[14]

Personal life[edit]Edit

In 2011, Faiella began working as a policewoman in Italy.[8]


[5][6]Faiella / Scali perform their original dance at the 2010 World Championships

(with Scali)

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition


My Fair Lady:
  • On the street where you live (instrumental)
  • I could have danced all night
  • The rain in Spain

by Pepe Romero:*Que se ven desde el conquero

  • De mi vera te fuistes
Original dance


Italian folk:

  • Tammurriata nera
  • Tarantella Pizzicata


By Missy Elliott:
  • Past that Duch
  • The Rain
  • Lose Control


  • Pizzica Salentina
  • Lu Rusciu de lu Mare
  • Santo Poulo
    by Suono Salento

sung by Barbra Streisand



  • Tanguera
    performed by Sexteto Mayor
  • Elisa


  • Cha Cha "Pata Pata"
  • Rhumba
  • Samba
  • The Mission

  • Elisa



  • How Can I Live to Another Day
    by Frank Sinatra
  • Girls, Girls, Girls
By Aretha Franklin:
  • Ice Cube

  • Carmina Burana



Orchestra disco soledad

  • Uno
    (from A Passion for Tango)
  • Libertango
    by Ástor Piazzolla

Orchestra disco soledad



  • Ayer
    by Gloria Estefan
  • Demasiado
    by Willy Deville
  • Volveras
    by Gloria Estefan
  • Demasiado
    by Willy Deville
  • Big Spender


by David Hirschfelder & Bogo Pogo Orchestra

  • The Fencing Lesson
    by Marc Anthony
  • Scott & Fran's Paso Doble
    (from Strictly Ballroom OST)

by David Hirschfelder & Bogo Pogo Orchestra

performed by Boston Pops Orchestra

Competitive highlights[edit]Edit

With Scali[edit]Edit

[7][8]Faiella / Scali with their fellow medalists at the 2008 NHK Trophy

Event 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Olympics 18th 13th 5th
Worlds 16th 11th 9th 9th 8th 9th 5th 8th 3rd
Europeans 12th 8th 6th 5th 7th 6th 4th 2nd 2nd 5th
Grand Prix Final 4th
GPBompard 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd
GPCup of China 6th 3rd 3rd 3rd
GPCup of Russia 5th 5th 3rd WD
GPNHK Trophy 1st
GPSkate America 4th 3rd
GPSkate Canada 7th 5th 3rd
Bofrost Cup 3rd
Karl Schäfer 2nd
Nebelhorn 2nd 1st
Italian Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st WD
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

With Milo[edit]Edit

Event 1996–1997 1997–1998 1998–1999 1999–2000
Worlds WD
Europeans 11th
GPSparkassen 5th
Finlandia 2nd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 7th 2nd 2nd
JGP Final 1st 2nd
JGP Mexico 1st
JGP Germany 2nd 2nd
JGP Bulgaria 1st
St. Gervais 2nd
EYOF 1st
Autumn Trophy 4th
Italian Champ. 2nd J. 1st J. 1st J. 2nd
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix

J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

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