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Alberto Braglia

Biographical information

Medals OG IG
Gold 3 0
Silver 0 2
Bronze 0 0
Total 3 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Intercalated Games
SexMale
Full nameG. Alberto•Braglia
Used nameAlberto•Braglia
Born23 March 1883 in Campogallano, Modena (ITA)
Died5 February 1954 in Modena, Modena (ITA)
Measurements167 cm
AffiliationsSocietà del Panaro Modena Baseball
NOC Italy

Biography

Alberto Braglia taught himself gymnastics, exercising in the family’s barn and joined the local gymnastics club at age 12. He debuted at the 1906 Olympics, taking the silver in both all-around competitions. He improved himself to win the gold in London. Following this triumph, Braglia suffered from various problems. After performing in public, he was declared a professional by the Italian federation, and he broke his shoulder during one of these exhibitions. Also, his 4-year-old son died, leaving Braglia with a nervous breakdown. But he managed to regain his amateur status, and prepared himself for the 1912 Olympics. There, he retained his all-around title, while also leading the Italian team to victory. He then ended his career - in which he had remarkably only won one World Championship medal (bronze in the 1909 team competition). In 1932, he returned to gymnastics, as the trainer of the Italian team at the Los Angeles Olympics. To support himself, Braglia worked as an acrobat, and he performed in many circuses. Although his performances left him moderately wealthy, Braglia spent the money on a bar and a farm back in Modena, and died in poverty, of thrombosis, in 1954. In honor of his sporting achievements, he was awarded a Gold Medal by the Italian Olympic Committee.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1906 Intercalated Games Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) ITA Alberto Braglia
Individual All-Around, Men (Intercalated) 2 Silver
Individual All-Around, 5 Events, Men (Intercalated) 2 Silver
1908 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) ITA Alberto Braglia
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1912 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) ITA Alberto Braglia
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Italy 1 Gold

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1912 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony ITA Alberto Braglia

Special Notes