Maria Grazia Marchelli

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMaria Grazia•Marchelli
Used nameMaria Grazia•Marchelli
Born1 June 1932 in Genova (Genoa), Genova (ITA)
Died26 June 2006 in Milano, Milano (ITA)
NOC Italy


Born in Genova, Maria Grazia Marchelli moved to Cortina d’Ampezzo where her family had taken refuge during World War II after the first air raids. A precocious talent, in 1950 she won the downhill in Grindelwald and also won her first Italian title. She twice competed at the Winter Olympics but finished only one race, the giant slalom in her hometown of Cortina. In the last seasons of her career, she struggled, apart from winning the 1953 Grindelwald.

After the retirement from racing, Marchelli became a journalist, collaborating with some newspapers and after founding and directed the magazines Sci, Sci fondo, and Jogging. She later left journalism and worked as a travel agent in Northern Africa (Libya and Egypt).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) ITA Maria Grazia Marchelli
Downhill, Women (Olympic) DQ
Giant Slalom, Women (Olympic) DQ
1956 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) ITA Maria Grazia Marchelli
Giant Slalom, Women (Olympic) 28
Slalom, Women (Olympic) DNS

Olympic family relations