Mario Checcacci

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMario•Checcacci
Used nameMario•Checcacci
Born19 April 1910 in Livorno, Livorno (ITA)
Died17 January 1987 in Sacile, Pordenone (ITA)
AffiliationsU.C. Livornesi, Livorno (ITA)
NOC Italy
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Mario Checcacci was a member of the famous crew nicknamed “Scarronzoni” that competed during the 1930s and 40s. They were all Livorno dockworkers. Checcacci rowed the eight at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where Italy narrowly missed winning gold. He also helped win the 1937 European Championships and added a bronze medal in the eight at the 1938 Europeans. Checcacci was Italian Champion in the eight in 1935-36 and 1939-40. His face with his white bandana remained famous as he was featured in Leni Riefenstahl’s Official Film on the Berlin Games and in the book Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf, published in 1937.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Rowing ITA Mario Checcacci
Eights, Men (Olympic) Italy 2 Silver