Sergio Zardini

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSergio•Zardini
Used nameSergio•Zardini
Born22 November 1931 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno (ITA)
Died21 February 1966 in Lake Placid, New York (USA)
Measurements168 cm / 65 kg
AffiliationsBob Club Cristallo, (ITA)
NOC Italy
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Sergio Zardini competed for Italy in bobsledding from the mid-1950s thru 1963, occasionally partnering but more often competing against Eugenio Monti, and winning multiple medals at the World Championships, in addition to his 1964 Olympic silver medal. Zardini piloted the Italian 4-man team that won the 1963 World Championship, and won six silver medals and three bronze medals at the Worlds from 1958-1963. After the 1964 Winter Olympics, Zardini emigrated to Saint Sauveur, Québec, Canada, buying the Avila Ski Center there, and competed there for several years as a Canadian. In 1966 Zardini and Peter Kirby won the North American 2-man title for Canada. A few weeks later, at the Diamond Trophy Four-Man Championships, Zardini was driving a sled on the Mt. Hoevenberg run at Lake Placid, when he lost control on the Zig-Zag turn. His sled flew up the track into the retaining wall of Zag, crushing Zardini’s head against the wall, and killing him instantly.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) ITA Sergio Zardini
Two, Men (Olympic) Romano Bonagura 2 Silver
Four, Men (Olympic) Italy 1 4

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