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Ferlito: 'I Do Not Consider Myself a VIP'
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Featured in an interview in the January/February 2014 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Italian Olympian Carlotta Ferlito told IG she is unaffected by her fame in and out of the gym.

Ferlito is one of the gymnasts featured on "Gymnasts: Parallel Lives," a reality television show centering around a group of elite gymnasts training in Milan. The show debuted in October 2011 and has turned its stars into teen idols in Italy.

Ferlito with actor Johnny Depp at the 2013 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles

Last March, Nickelodeon picked Ferlito to be the Italian correspondent at the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles. At the MTV Italy Awards in June, the public again voted "Parallel Lives" as Best Reality Show; Ferlito won the Sport Hero trophy over superstars Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant.

Ferlito, who turned 19 on Saturday, says fame has not gone to her head.

"I do not consider myself a VIP or special in any way," she told IG.

Ferlito's best results to date are the all-around bronze medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and the silver medal on balance beam at the 2011 European Championships. At the 2012 Olympics, she helped Italy place seventh in the team final. She finished 11th all-around at the world championships in Antwerp in October.

The success of "Parallel Lives" has increased interest in gymnastics in Italy.

"I'm happy that finally people can really understand how much diligence and sacrifice this sport requires, just like in life," Ferlito said.

To read the complete interview with Ferlito, "Taming Fame," subscribe to the digital edition of International Gymnast now or order back issues here.

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