Valentina Vezzali

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Valentina Vezzali
Valentina vezzali.jpg
Personal information
Full name Maria[1] Valentina Vezzali
Nickname(s) Cobra
Country represented Italy Italy
Born (1974-02-14) 14 February 1974 (age 40)
Iesi, Italy
Weapon(s) Foil
Hand right
Height 164 centimetres (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 53 kilograms (117 lb)
Club G.S. Fiamme Oro
The Honourable
Valentina Vezzali
Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies[1]
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 March 2013[1]
Personal details
Born 14 February 1974
Iesi, Marche, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Scelta Civica[1]
Spouse(s) Domenico Giugliano
Children 2
Profession Agent of the Polizia di Stato[1]

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

Together with the German shooter Ralf Schumann, the Slovak slalom canoeist Michal Martikán and the japanese female judoka Ryoko Tani, 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]

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

Biography[edit]

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, even as a politician she has achieved an outstanding record of absences participating to 2 gatherings out of 1043, scoring 0,19%.[9]

Prize List[edit]

Event Individual Team Total
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 3 1 1 3 0 1 6 1 2
World Championships 6 2 3 8 3 0 14 5 3
European Championships 5 3 1 6 1 1 11 4 2
Total 14 6 5 17 4 2 31 10 7
Fencing World Cup
  • Simple gold cup.svg Foil (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010)

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event
1996 Olympic Games United States Atlanta 2nd Foil individual
1st Foil Team
2000 Olympic Games Australia Sydney 1st Foil individual
1st Foil Team
2004 Olympic Games Greece Athens 1st Foil individual
2008 Olympic Games China Beijing 1st Foil individual
3rd Foil Team
2012 Olympic Games United Kingdom London 3rd Foil individual
1st Foil Team

World Championships[edit]

Season Competition Venue Position Event
1993 World Fencing Championships Germany Essen 6th Foil individual
1994 World Fencing Championships Greece Athens 2nd Foil individual
2nd Team Foil
1995 World Fencing Championships Netherlands The Hague 3rd Foil individual
1st Team Foil
1997 World Fencing Championships South Africa Cape Town 1st Team Foil
1998 World Fencing Championships Switzerland La Chaux-de-Fonds 3rd Foil individual
1st Team Foil
1999 World Fencing Championships South Korea Seoul 1st Foil individual
2001 World Fencing Championships France Nimes 1st Foil individual
1st Team Foil
2003 World Fencing Championships Cuba Havana 1st Foil individual
2004 World Fencing Championships United States New York 1st Team Foil
2005 World Fencing Championships Germany Leipzig 1st Foil individual
2006 World Fencing Championships Italy Turin 2nd Foil individual
2nd Team Foil
2007 World Fencing Championships Russia St. Petersberg 1st Foil individual
2009 World Fencing Championships Turkey Antalya 5th Foil individual
1st Team Foil
2010 World Fencing Championships France Paris 3rd Foil individual
1st Team Foil
2011 World Fencing Championships Italy Catania 1st Foil individual
2nd Team Foil
2013 World Fencing Championships Hungary Budapest 1st Team Foil

European Championships[edit]

Others results[edit]

Honours and awards[edit]

 Italy: Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Italian for: Grand Officer Order of Merit of the Italian Republic), 1 September 2008.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "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. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Valentina Vezzali Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  4. ^ (Italian) "Olimpiadi Londra 2012: record degli atleti nella storia dei giochi". ecodellosport.it. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  5. ^ (Italian) Vezzali, Valentina; Luchetti, Caterina (2006). A viso scoperto. Milan: Sperling & Kupfer. ISBN 8-820-04162-6; ISBN 978-88-2004-162-5. 
  6. ^ (Italian) Vezzali, Valentina; Carbone, Betta (2012). Io, Valentina Vezzali. Milan: Dalai Editore. ISBN 8-866-20355-6; 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. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  9. ^ (Italian) "Lista dei parlamentari in carica/camera/presenze: On. Valentina Vezzali". openpolis.it. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  10. ^ (Italian) Grande Ufficiale Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana Sig.ra Valentina Vezzali. Retrieved 30 September 2013.

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Summer Olympics
Preceded by
Antonio Rossi
Italy Flag bearer for Italy
London 2012
Succeeded by
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