Valentina Vezzali

Valentina Vezzali (Italian pronunciation: [valenˈtiːna vetˈtsaːli]; born 14 February 1974)[1] is an Italian fencer and politician. As fencer she has won six Olympic gold medals in foil competitions.[2][3]

Valentina Vezzali
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Personal information
Full nameMaria Valentina Vezzali[1]
Born (1974-02-14) 14 February 1974 (age 46)
Iesi, Italy
Height1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight53 kg (117 lb)
CountryItaly Italy
National coachAndrea Cipressa
ClubG.S. Fiamme Oro
FIE rankingrankings
Valentina Vezzali
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Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies[1]
In office
19 March 2013[1] – 22 March 2018
Personal details
Born14 February 1974
Iesi, Marche, Italy
Political partyScelta Civica[1]
Spouse(s)Domenico Giugliano
ProfessionAgent of the Polizia di Stato[1]

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.[4] From 1996 to 2010 she also won 11 Fencing World Cups.

In 2013, she became a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies as part of the Scelta Civica party.


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,[5] and Io, Valentina Vezzali, written with Betta Carbone in 2012.[6] She married Italian soccer player Domenico Giugliano and has two sons: Pietro, born on 9 June 2005,[7] and Andrea, born on 16 May 2013.[8]

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

Prize ListEdit

Event Individual Team Total
Olympics 3 1 1 3 0 1 6 1 2
World Championships 6 2 4 10 4 0 16 6 4
European Championships 5 3 2 8 1 2 13 4 3
Total 14 6 7 21 5 3 35 11 9
Fencing World Cup
  •   Foil (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010)


Olympic GamesEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event
1996 Olympic Games   Atlanta 1st 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 ChampionshipsEdit

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
2013 World Fencing Championships   Budapest 1st Team Foil
2014 World Fencing Championships   Kazan 1st Team Foil
3rd Foil individual
2015 World Fencing Championships   Moscow 1st Team Foil
2016 World Fencing Championships   Rio de Janeiro 2nd Team Foil

Honours and awardsEdit

  Italy: Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Italian for: Grand Officer Order of Merit of the Italian Republic), 1 September 2008.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Profile of Valentina Vezzali". The official website of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Republic. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Valentina Vezzali". Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Valentina Vezzali Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Olimpiadi Londra 2012: record degli atleti nella storia dei giochi" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  5. ^ Vezzali, Valentina; Luchetti, Caterina (2006). A viso scoperto (in Italian). Milan: Sperling & Kupfer. ISBN 978-88-200-4162-5.
  6. ^ Vezzali, Valentina; Carbone, Betta (2012). Io, Valentina Vezzali (in Italian). Milan: Dalai Editore. ISBN 978-88-6620-355-1.
  7. ^ Harkins, Craig (15 July 2005). "Interview: Valentina Vezzali". Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ (in Italian) Grande Ufficiale Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana Sig.ra Valentina Vezzali. Retrieved 30 September 2013.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Stefania Belmondo
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Vanessa Ferrari
Italian Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
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Vanessa Ferrari
Federica Pellegrini
Summer Olympics
Preceded by
Antonio Rossi
  Flag bearer for Italy
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