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Valentina Vezzali : biography

February 14, 1974 -

Valentina Vezzali ( born 14 February 1974 in Jesi) is an Italian fencer who has won six Olympic gold medals in foil competitions.

Together with the German shooter Ralf Schumann, the Slovak slalom canoeist Michal Martikán and the japanese female judoka Ryoko Tani, is one of only four athletes in the history of the Summer Olympic Games to have won five medals in the same individual event.

Achievements

Olympic Games

Year Competition Venue Position Event
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta 2nd Foil individual
1st Foil Team
2000 Olympic Games Sydney 1st Foil individual
1st Foil Team
2004 Olympic Games Athens 1st Foil individual
2008 Olympic Games Beijing 1st Foil individual
3rd Foil Team
2012 Olympic Games London 3rd Foil individual
1st Foil Team

World Championships

Season Competition Venue Position Event
1993 World Fencing Championships Essen 6th Foil individual
1994 World Fencing Championships Athens 2nd Foil individual
2nd Team Foil
1995 World Fencing Championships The Hague 3rd Foil individual
1st Team Foil
1997 World Fencing Championships Cape Town 1st Team Foil
1998 World Fencing Championships La Chaux-de-Fonds 3rd Foil individual
1st Team Foil
1999 World Fencing Championships Seoul 1st Foil individual
2001 World Fencing Championships Nimes 1st Foil individual
1st Team Foil
2003 World Fencing Championships Havana 1st Foil individual
2004 World Fencing Championships New York 1st Team Foil
2005 World Fencing Championships Leipzig 1st Foil individual
2006 World Fencing Championships Turin 2nd Foil individual
2nd Team Foil
2007 World Fencing Championships St. Petersberg 1st Foil individual
2009 World Fencing Championships Antalya 5th Foil individual
1st Team Foil
2010 World Fencing Championships Paris 3rd Foil individual
1st Team Foil
2011 World Fencing Championships Catania 1st Foil individual
2nd Team Foil

European Championships

Others results

Prize List

Event Individual Team Total
Olympics 3 1 1 3 0 1 6 1 2
World Championships 6 2 3 7 3 0 13 5 3
European Championships 5 3 1 6 1 1 11 4 2
Total 14 6 5 16 4 2 30 10 7
Fencing World Cup
  • 20px Foil (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010)

Biography

Vezzali is the first fencer in Olympic history to win three Individual Foil gold medals at three consecutive Olympics – Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. She also won thirteen gold medals at the World Fencing Championships, six in individual competitions (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011) and another seven in team competitions (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010), plus four silver medals (two individual, 1994 and 2006, and two with Italian team, in the same years) and three bronze medals (individual, 1995, 1998 and 2012).

In European championships, she won nine gold medals (individual: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2009, 2010; team: 1999, 2001, 2009, 2010), three silver medals (individual: 2003, 2007; team: 2007), two bronze medals (individual: 1993; team: 1998).

In 2006 she published her autobiography, A volto scoperto ("With uncovered face"), written with Caterina Luchetti. She married Italian soccer player Domenico Giugliano and has a son, Pietro.

On February 25, 2013 she became a member of the Italian Parliament as part of the Scelta Civica party led by Mario Monti.

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