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Orazio Fagone

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
SexMale
Full nameOrazio•Fagone
Used nameOrazio•Fagone
Born13 November 1968 in Catania, Catania (ITA)
Measurements170 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsSampla Belting Geas
NOC Italy

Biography

Being born in the Sicilian town of Catania, Orazio Fagone moved to winter sports territory (Torino) as a toddler. His Olympic début came in 1988, when short-track speed skating was still a demonstration sport. Fagone reached two finals, finishing third (1,500 m) and 2nd (relay). Successful years followed, winning 5 world titles, two with the relay squad (1988 and 1996), one at the World Team Championships (1993) and two individually (500 m in 1996, 3,000 m in 1994). His two subsequent Olympic appearances (1992, 1994) did not see Fagone progress beyond the quarter-final stage in individual events, but in the 1994 relay event, he earned a gold medal together with Maurizio Carnino, Hugo Herrnhof and Mirko Vuillermin. Hoping to defend his title in Nagano, life changed drastically for Fagone on 30 May 1997, when a motorcycle accident ended his career. His right leg was amputated, and Fagone has been bound to his wheelchair since. This did not stop him from practising sports, and he picked up ice sledge hockey. A three-time national champion, Fagone was picked for the 2006 Paralympic team. This made Fagone the third Winter Olympian to also compete in the Paralympics, and the first disabled one (the other two were sighted guides).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) ITA Orazio Fagone
500 metres, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 6
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 10
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 3
5,000 metres Relay, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) Italy 2
3,000 m, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 23
1992 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) ITA Orazio Fagone
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 24
5,000 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Italy 8
1994 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) ITA Orazio Fagone
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 31
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 15
5,000 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Italy 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1994 Winter Olympics 24 February 1994 Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 5,000 metres Relay, Men Semi-Finals, Heat One 7:13.34 1
1994 Winter Olympics 26 February 1994 Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 5,000 metres Relay, Men Final Round, A Final 7:11.74 1

Special Notes