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Valentina Vezzali

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 6
Silver 1
Bronze 2
Total 9
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameMaria Valentina•Vezzali (-Giugliano)
Used nameValentina•Vezzali
Born14 February 1974 in Jesi, Ancona (ITA)
Measurements164 cm / 54 kg
AffiliationsCS Jesi/Fiamme Oro, Roma
NOC Italy

Biography

In Beijing, Valentina Vezzali became the first woman in Olympic history to win five gold medals in fencing. Between 1996 and 2008, she won the individual foil three times (2000, 2004, 2008) and the team competition twice (1996, 2000). She has also won an individual silver (1996) and a team bronze (2008), bringing her Olympic medal total to seven, second only to team mate and her opponent in the 2004 final, Giovanna Trillini. Outside of the Olympics, Vezzali’s record is no less impressive. She won 11 world titles in foil fencing (five individual, six team) and 17 medals in total, as well as nine European titles (five individual, four team). Between 1996-2008, she also won the women’s foil World Cup a record ten times, and her extensive medal cabinet also features gold medals from the Mediterranean Games and Universiades.

Vezzali grew up in the legendary fencing school of Jesi and spent her entire career with the Fiamme Oro (police) club. The most successful Italian woman ever at the Olympic Games, she was involved in politics and was a member of the Italian Parliament from 2013-18 with the “Scelta Civica” party. She was also a member of the Council of the Italian Fencing Federation from 2017-20. On 12 March 2021, the Prime Minister Mario Draghi appointed her under-secretary, with responsibility for sport in the Italian government.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1996 Summer Olympics Fencing ITA Valentina Vezzali
Foil, Individual, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
Foil, Team, Women (Olympic) Italy 1 Gold
2000 Summer Olympics Fencing ITA Valentina Vezzali
Foil, Individual, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Foil, Team, Women (Olympic) Italy 1 Gold
2004 Summer Olympics Fencing ITA Valentina Vezzali
Foil, Individual, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
2008 Summer Olympics Fencing ITA Valentina Vezzali
Foil, Individual, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Foil, Team, Women (Olympic) Italy 3 Bronze
2012 Summer Olympics Fencing ITA Valentina Vezzali
Foil, Individual, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Foil, Team, Women (Olympic) Italy 1 Gold

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2012 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony ITA Valentina Vezzali

Special Notes