Enrico Fabris

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEnrico•Fabris
Used nameEnrico•Fabris
Born5 October 1981 in Asiago, Vicenza (ITA)
Measurements189 cm / 80 kg
AffiliationsG.S. Forestale, Roma (ITA) / G.S. Fiamme Oro, Roma (ITA)
NOC Italy
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 3


Enrico Fabris became the first Italian to win an Olympic medal in speed skating when he won the bronze medal on the 5,000 m at his home Olympics in Torino. Earlier the same year he had already become the first Italian to win the European Championships, and five days after his first Olympic success he won the first Italian speed skating gold, when he won the team pursuit together with his teammates Matteo Anesi, Stefano Donagrandi and Ippolito Sanfratello. Another five days later he completed his Olympic quest by winning the 1,500 m, the first individual Italian speed skating gold, beating the US favorites Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick. Fabris won the race due to his marvellously flat race, with splits of 24.4 - 26.6 - 27.1 - 27.7. With one lap to go Davis still led by 1.28 seconds, but he was 0.16 behind when he crossed the finishing line.

In addition to his Olympic exploits, Fabris earned five silver medals in World Single Distance Championships (two each in 5K and team pursuit, one at 10K). At the World Allround Championships, Fabris placed second in 2006-7 and third in 2009. Fabris also earned silver at the 2007 and 2010 European Championships, and won bronze in 2008. Between 2003 and 2011, he won nine consecutive Italian allround titles. For one week in 2007, Fabris held the World Record in the 5,000, gaining it from and losing it to Sven Kramer. Fabris retired after the 2011 season.

Personal Bests: 500 – 35.99 (2006); 1000 – 1:09.16 (2008); 1500 – 1:43.67 (2008); 5000 – 6:06.42 (2008); 10000 – 13:10.60 (2006).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2002 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) ITA Enrico Fabris
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 26
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 16
2006 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) ITA Enrico Fabris
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 8
Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men (Olympic) Italy 1 Gold
2010 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) ITA Enrico Fabris
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 10
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men (Olympic) Italy 6

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2006 Winter Olympics 15 February 2006 Speed Skating (Skating) Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men Match #2 3:43.64 1

Special Notes