Valentina Vezzali

Last updated

Valentina Vezzali
Valentina vezzali.jpg
Personal information
Full nameMaria Valentina Vezzali [1]
Nickname(s)Cobra
Country represented Flag of Italy.svg Italy
Born (1974-02-14) 14 February 1974 (age 45)
Iesi, Italy
Weapon(s) Foil
Handright-handed
Height1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight53 kg (117 lb)
National coach(es) Andrea Cipressa
Club G.S. Fiamme Oro
FIE ranking rankings
Valentina Vezzali
Valentina Vezzali daticamera.jpg
Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies [1]
In office
19 March 2013 [1]  22 March 2018
Personal details
Born14 February 1974
Iesi, Marche, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Scelta Civica [1]
Spouse(s)Domenico Giugliano
Children2
ProfessionAgent of the Polizia di Stato [1]

Valentina Vezzali (Italian pronunciation:  [valenˈtiːna vetˈtsaːli] ; born 14 February 1974) [1] is an Italian fencer and politician. As fencer she has won six Olympic gold medals in foil competitions. [2] [3]

Contents

Together with the German shooter Ralf Schumann, the Slovak slalom canoeist Michal Martikán and the Japanese female judoka Ryoko Tani, Vezzali is one of only four athletes in the history of the Summer Olympic Games to have won five medals in the same individual event. [4] From 1996 to 2010 she also won 11 Fencing World Cups.

In 2013, she became a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies as part of the Scelta Civica party.

Biography

Vezzali is the first fencer in Olympic history to win three Individual Foil gold medals at three consecutive Olympics – Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. She also won fourteen gold medals at the World Fencing Championships, six in individual competitions (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011) and another eight in team competitions (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013), plus four silver medals (two individual, 1994 and 2006, and two with Italian team, in the same years) and three bronze medals (individual, 1995, 1998 and 2012).

In European championships, she won nine gold medals (individual: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2009, 2010; team: 1999, 2001, 2009, 2010), three silver medals (individual: 2003, 2007; team: 2007), two bronze medals (individual: 1993; team: 1998).

She published two autobiographies: A viso scoperto ("With uncovered face"), written with Caterina Luchetti in 2006, [5] and Io, Valentina Vezzali, written with Betta Carbone in 2012. [6] She married Italian soccer player Domenico Giugliano and has two sons: Pietro, born on 9 June 2005, [7] and Andrea, born on 16 May 2013. [8]

On 25 February 2013 she became a member of the Italian Parliament as part of the Scelta Civica party led by Mario Monti.

Prize List

EventIndividualTeamTotal
Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg
Olympics 311301612
World Championships 62410401664
European Championships 5328121343
Total1467215335119
Fencing World Cup

Achievements

Olympic Games

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEvent
1996 Olympic Games Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta 2nd Foil individual
1st Foil Team
2000 Olympic Games Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney 1st Foil individual
1st Foil Team
2004 Olympic Games Flag of Greece.svg Athens 1st Foil individual
2008 Olympic Games Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing 1st Foil individual
3rd Foil Team
2012 Olympic Games Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 3rd Foil individual
1st Foil Team

World Championships

SeasonCompetitionVenuePositionEvent
1993 World Fencing Championships Flag of Germany.svg Essen 6th Foil individual
1994 World Fencing Championships Flag of Greece.svg Athens 2nd Foil individual
2nd Team Foil
1995 World Fencing Championships Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Hague 3rd Foil individual
1st Team Foil
1997 World Fencing Championships Flag of South Africa.svg Cape Town 1st Team Foil
1998 World Fencing Championships Flag of Switzerland.svg La Chaux-de-Fonds 3rd Foil individual
1st Team Foil
1999 World Fencing Championships Flag of South Korea.svg Seoul 1st Foil individual
2001 World Fencing Championships Flag of France.svg Nimes 1st Foil individual
1st Team Foil
2003 World Fencing Championships Flag of Cuba.svg Havana 1st Foil individual
2004 World Fencing Championships Flag of the United States.svg New York 1st Team Foil
2005 World Fencing Championships Flag of Germany.svg Leipzig 1st Foil individual
2006 World Fencing Championships Flag of Italy.svg Turin 2nd Foil individual
2nd Team Foil
2007 World Fencing Championships Flag of Russia.svg St. Petersberg 1st Foil individual
2009 World Fencing Championships Flag of Turkey.svg Antalya 5th Foil individual
1st Team Foil
2010 World Fencing Championships Flag of France.svg Paris 3rd Foil individual
1st Team Foil
2011 World Fencing Championships Flag of Italy.svg Catania 1st Foil individual
2nd Team Foil
2013 World Fencing Championships Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest 1st Team Foil
2014 World Fencing Championships Flag of Russia.svg Kazan 1st Team Foil
3rd Foil individual
2015 World Fencing Championships Flag of Russia.svg Moscow 1st Team Foil
2016 World Fencing Championships Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro 2nd Team Foil

Honours and awards

Flag of Italy.svg  Italy: Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Italian for: Grand Officer Order of Merit of the Italian Republic), 1 September 2008. [9]

See also

Related Research Articles

Edoardo Mangiarotti Italian fencer

Edoardo Mangiarotti was an Italian fencer. He won a total of 39 Olympic titles and World championships, more than any other fencer in the history of the sport. His Olympic medals include one individual gold, five team golds, five silver, and two bronze medals from 1936 to 1960.

Nedo Nadi Italian fencer

Nedo Nadi was one of the best Italian fencers of all time. He is the only fencer to win a gold medal in each of the three weapons at a single Olympic Games and won the most fencing gold medals ever at a single Games—five. Until Mark Spitz won seven swimming championships at the 1972 Summer Olympics, this was also the record number of gold medals won at a single Games by any competitor. Nadi won six Olympic gold medals in total.

Margherita Granbassi is an Italian foil fencer.

Giovanna Trillini fencer

Giovanna Trillini is an Italian foil fencer. She is a 4-time Olympic champion and she won an additional silver and two bronze medals in individual Olympic competitions.

Aida Mohamed Hungarian foil fencer

Aida Mohamed is a Hungarian foil fencer, silver medallist at the 1993 World Championships and team gold medallist at the 2007 European Championships. She has competed at six Olympic Games from 1996 to 2016.

Alessandra Sensini Italian windsurfer

Alessandra Sensini is an Italian windsurfer. She is a 4-time Olympian, winning a gold medal and three additional medals. She also won 3 gold, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze at World Championships, as well as 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals at European Championships.

Elisa Di Francisca Italian foil fencer

Elisa Di Francisca is an Italian foil fencer, Olympic champion in 2012, World champion in 2010 and three-time European champion. She won the 2010–11 World Cup series and has seven World Cup victories to her name. With the Italian team, she was Olympic champion in 2012, five-time World champion and seven-time European champion.

Nam Hyun-hee South Korean foil fencer

Nam Hyun-Hee is a South Korean foil fencer. She is left-handed.

Laura Badea-Cârlescu Romanian fencer

Laura Gabriela Badea-Cârlescu is a retired Romanian foil fencer, world champion in 1995 and Olympic champion in 1996. After her retirement she became a coach, then a sport administrator. She is now vice-president of the Romanian Fencing Federation and a member of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee.

Stefano Cerioni Italian fencer and Olympian

Stefano Cerioni is an Italian foil fencer, Olympic team champion in 1984, Olympic champion in 1988 and World team champion in 1985 and 1994. He became a fencing master, then a director of foil first for Italy, then for Russia.

Yuki Ota Japanese foil fencer

Yuki Ota is a Japanese foil fencer, gold medallist at the 2006 Asian Games, silver medallist at the 2008 Summer Olympics, team silver medallist at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and individual gold medallist at the 2015 World Fencing Championships.

Salvatore Sanzo Italian fencer

Salvatore Sanzo is an Italian fencer and Olympian. He won a team gold and individual silver medal in Athens and an individual bronze medal in Beijing in foil.

Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Italy competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This nation has competed at every Summer Olympic games in the modern era, except for the sparsely attended 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis. The Italian National Olympic Committee sent the nation's smallest delegation to the Games since the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. A total of 285 athletes, 162 men and 123 women, competed in 22 sports.

Arianna Errigo Italian foil fencer

Arianna Errigo is an Italian foil and sabre fencer. She won a silver in women's individual foil and a gold in the women's team foil at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Artur Akhmatkhuzin Olympic foil fencer

Artur Kamilevich Akhmatkhuzin is a Russian foil fencer, silver medallist at the 2013 World Fencing Championships.

Inès Boubakri Tunisian fencer

Inès Boubakri is a Tunisian foil fencer. She is a two-time Olympian, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and is a member of Association sportive de Bourg-la-Reine in France, under head coach Yann Detienne.

Martina Batini Foil fencer

Martina Batini is an Italian foil fencer, who won the individual silver medal and team gold medal in the 2014 European Fencing Championships.

Annalisa Coltorti Italian foil fencer

Annalisa Coltorti is an Italian épée fencer.

Womens fencing

Women's fencing is the practice of fencing by women. It has been present at the Summer Olympic Games since the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Foil was then the only weapon used and Danish Ellen Osiier became the first female Olympic champion in fencing.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Profile of Valentina Vezzali". The official website of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Republic. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  2. "Olympics Statistics: Valentina Vezzali". databaseolympics.com. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  3. "Valentina Vezzali Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  4. "Olimpiadi Londra 2012: record degli atleti nella storia dei giochi" (in Italian). ecodellosport.it. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  5. Vezzali, Valentina; Luchetti, Caterina (2006). A viso scoperto (in Italian). Milan: Sperling & Kupfer. ISBN   978-88-200-4162-5.
  6. Vezzali, Valentina; Carbone, Betta (2012). Io, Valentina Vezzali (in Italian). Milan: Dalai Editore. ISBN   978-88-6620-355-1.
  7. Harkins, Craig (15 July 2005). "Interview: Valentina Vezzali". fencing.net. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  8. Staff (22 July 2013). "Fencing, Vezzali to take part in World Championships less than 3 months after giving birth". La Gazzetta dello Sport . Archived from the original on 20 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  9. (in Italian) Grande Ufficiale Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana Sig.ra Valentina Vezzali. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
Awards
Preceded by
Stefania Belmondo
Stefania Belmondo
Vanessa Ferrari
Italian Sportswoman of the Year
2000–2001
2003–2005
2007
Succeeded by
Stefania Belmondo
Vanessa Ferrari
Federica Pellegrini
Summer Olympics
Preceded by
Antonio Rossi
Flag of Italy.svg Flag bearer for Italy
London 2012
Succeeded by
Federica Pellegrini