Francesca Porcellato with former italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
September 5, 1970 |
Castelfranco Veneto, Italy
Francesca Porcellato (born September 5, 1970 in Castelfranco Veneto) is an Italian disability sportsperson who has competed at international level in three different sports. Porcellato began her sporting career as a wheelchair racer competing in six Summer Paralympics before switching to Cross country skiing where she won gold at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in the 1 km sprint. In 2015, she became double UCI Para-cycling World champion in the H3 handcycling event in Nottwil, Switzerland.
She fell when she was 2 years old and broke her back. She discovered that she is paralyzed. In addition to participation in the Paralympics, Porcellato is one of two woman to have won four London Marathon wheelchair races, shared with America's Tatyana McFadden. She has competed in wheelchair racing at every Summer Paralympic Games from 1988 to 2008, and in 2006 participated in the Winter Paralympics in cross-country sit-skiing. She has won a total of two gold, three silver, and five bronze medals, all in athletics. She won the silver medal in the 800 metres T54 race at the 2009 Mediterranean Games.
- 1988 Summer Paralympics
- 1992 Summer Paralympics
- 1996 Summer Paralympics
- 2000 Summer Paralympics
- 2004 Summer Paralympics
- 2006 Winter Paralympics
- 2008 Summer Paralympics
- 2010 Winter Paralympics
- 2014 Winter Paralympics
- 2016 Summer Paralympics
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