Valentina Vezzali (Italian pronunciation: [valenˈtiːna vetˈtsaːli]; born 14 February 1974) is an Italian fencer and politician. As fencer she has won six Olympic gold medals in foil competitions.
|Full name||Maria Valentina Vezzali|
|Born||14 February 1974|
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||53 kg (117 lb)|
|National coach(es)||Andrea Cipressa|
|Club||G.S. Fiamme Oro|
|Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies|
19 March 2013 – 22 March 2018
|Born||14 February 1974|
Iesi, Marche, Italy
|Political party||Scelta Civica|
|Profession||Agent of the Polizia di Stato|
Together with the German shooter Ralf Schumann, the Slovak slalom canoeist Michal Martikán and the Japanese female judoka Ryoko Tani, Vezzali is one of only four athletes in the history of the Summer Olympic Games to have won five medals in the same individual event. From 1996 to 2010 she also won 11 Fencing World Cups.
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 fourteen gold medals at the World Fencing Championships, six in individual competitions (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011) and another eight in team competitions (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013), 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).
She published two autobiographies: A viso scoperto ("With uncovered face"), written with Caterina Luchetti in 2006, and Io, Valentina Vezzali, written with Betta Carbone in 2012. She married Italian soccer player Domenico Giugliano and has two sons: Pietro, born on 9 June 2005, and Andrea, born on 16 May 2013.
|1996||Olympic Games||Atlanta||2nd||Foil individual|
|2000||Olympic Games||Sydney||1st||Foil individual|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens||1st||Foil individual|
|2008||Olympic Games||Beijing||1st||Foil individual|
|2012||Olympic Games||London||3rd||Foil individual|
Honours and awardsEdit
- Legends of Italian sport - Walk of Fame
- List of cultural icons of Italy
- List of multiple Olympic gold medalists
- List of multiple Olympic medalists
- List of multiple Summer Olympic medalists
- List of multiple Olympic medalists in one event
- Multiple medallist at the World Fencing Championships
- Italian sportswomen multiple medalists at Olympics and World Championships
- Italian fencer multiple medallists at the Olympics
- Italian fencer multiple medallists at the World Championships
- List of Scelta Civica politicians
- "Profile of Valentina Vezzali". The official website of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Republic. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
- "Olympics Statistics: Valentina Vezzali". databaseolympics.com. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
- "Valentina Vezzali Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
- "Olimpiadi Londra 2012: record degli atleti nella storia dei giochi" (in Italian). ecodellosport.it. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- Vezzali, Valentina; Luchetti, Caterina (2006). A viso scoperto (in Italian). Milan: Sperling & Kupfer. ISBN 978-88-200-4162-5.
- Vezzali, Valentina; Carbone, Betta (2012). Io, Valentina Vezzali (in Italian). Milan: Dalai Editore. ISBN 978-88-6620-355-1.
- Harkins, Craig (15 July 2005). "Interview: Valentina Vezzali". fencing.net. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- Staff (22 July 2013). "Fencing, Vezzali to take part in World Championships less than 3 months after giving birth". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Archived from the original on 20 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
- (in Italian) Grande Ufficiale Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana Sig.ra Valentina Vezzali. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Valentina Vezzali.|
- Official website
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Valentina Vezzali". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
- Valentina Vezzali at EuroFencing.info
- Valentina Vezzali at FIE
- Valentina Vezzali at FIE.html.infostradasports.com
- Personal data
| Italian Sportswoman of the Year
| Flag bearer for Italy