Diana Pissavini

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDiana•Pissavini
Used nameDiana•Pissavini
Born6 August 1911 in Milano, Milano (ITA)
Died22 January 1989 in Pavia, Pavia (ITA)
AffiliationsSocietà Ginnastica Pavese, Pavia (ITA)
NOC Italy
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Diana Pissavini was a member of the very young Italian team that won a silver medal in team gymnastics at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. She and her teammates were trained in their native Pavia by the Physical Education professor Gino Grevi, who enthusiastically accepted the idea of forming a gymnastic team, despite few resources, recruiting the best students from the city’s schools.

Diana Pissavini turned 17 two days before the start of the competition. The group, called Piccole Ginnaste Pavesi, was on their first trip abroad. They received congratulations from the Dutch Queen and the town of Pavia greeted them joyfully on their return. In Roma they were received personally by Duce Benito Mussolini.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) ITA Diana Pissavini
Team All-Around, Women (Olympic) Italy 2 Silver