Italy at the Olympics

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Italy at the
Summer Olympics
Flag of Italy.svg
IOC code ITA
NOC Italian National Olympic Committee
Website www.coni.it (Italian)
Medals
Ranked 6th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
206 178 193 577
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Italy has competed at all the modern Olympic Games with the exception of the sparsely attended 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis.[1][2][3]

Italy has taken part in all the Winter Olympic Games, winning 114 medals, and 577 medals at the Summer Olympic Games. Italy has won a total of 243 gold medals which makes them the 5th most successful country in Olympic history, after the USA, the Soviet Union, Germany and Great Britain. Italy has the sixth highest medal total of all time with 691, following the previously mentioned nations and France.

The Italian National Olympic Committee was created in 1908 and recognized in 1913. The Italian Olympic Team has also competed in the Mediterranean Games where they have won a total of 1,786 medals, the most in the games' history. As of 2016 they are the most successful nation at fencing in Olympic history.

Hosted Games[edit]

Italy has hosted the Games on three occasions.

Games Host city Dates Nations Participants Events
1956 Winter Olympics Cortina d'Ampezzo 26 January – 5 February 32 821 24
1960 Summer Olympics Rome 25 August – 11 September 83 5,338 150
2006 Winter Olympics Turin 10 – 26 February 80 2,508 84

Medal tables[edit]

Flag used from 1896 to 1946

Italy has finished in the top 5 of the medal count 11 times in the Summer Olympic Games and 3 times in the Winter Olympic Games. In total Italy has finished in the top 5 of the medal count 14 times. Italy has also finished in the top 10 of the medal count 20 times in the Summer Olympic Games and 13 times in the Winter Olympic Games. In total Italy has finished in the top 10 of the medal count 33 times.

According to the official count of the International Olympic Committee, Italy has won 577 medals at Summer Olympics.[4]

*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Athletes with most appearances[edit]

Partecip. Athlete Born Edition Period
(age 1st / last)
Sport Gold medal olympic.svg Silver medal olympic.svg Bronze medal olympic.svg Tot.
8 Piero D'Inzeo 1923 1948/1976 28 years (25/53) Equestrian 0 2 4 6
Raimondo D'Inzeo 1925 1948/1976 28 years (23/51) Equestrian 1 2 3 6
Josefa Idem[5] 1964 1984/2012 28 years (20/48) Canoeing 1 2 2 5
6 Angelo Mazzoni 1961 1980/2000 20 years (19/39) Fencing 2 0 1 3
Andrea Benelli 1960 1988/2008 20 years (28/48) Shooting 1 0 1 2
Ilario Di Buò 1965 1984/2008 20 years (19/43) Archery 0 2 0 2
Wilfried Huber 1970 1988/2006 18 years (18/36) Luge 1 0 0 1
Gerda Weissensteiner 1969 1988/2006 18 years (19/37) Luge & Bobsleigh 1 0 1 2

Notes: in Khaki the athletes still in activity.

Alessandra Sensini (Windsurfing), Rossano Galtarossa (Rowing) and Giovanni Pellielo (Archery) have qualified for London 2012, which will be their sixth Olympic appearance.[6]

Athletes with most medals[edit]

The Italian athlete who won the most medals in the history of the Olympic Games, is the fencer Edoardo Mangiarotti.[7]

Athlete Sport Games Gold medal olympic.svg Silver medal olympic.svg Bronze medal olympic.svg Total
Edoardo Mangiarotti Fencing 19361948195219561960 6 5 2 13
Stefania Belmondo Cross country skiing 1992199419982002 2 3 5 10
Valentina Vezzali Fencing 19962000200420082012 6 1 2 9
Giulio Gaudini Fencing 192819321936 3 4 2 9
Giovanna Trillini Fencing 19921996200020042008 4 1 3 8
Gustavo Marzi Fencing 192819321936 2 5 0 7
Manuela Di Centa Cross country skiing 199219941998 2 2 3 7
Nedo Nadi Fencing 19121920 6 0 0 6
Giuseppe Delfino Fencing 1952195619601964 4 2 0 6
Armin Zöggeler Luge 199419982002200620102014 2 1 3 6
Eugenio Monti Bobsleigh 195619641968 2 2 2 6
Raimondo D'Inzeo Equestrian 1956196019641972 1 2 3 6
Piero D'Inzeo Equestrian 1956196019641972 0 2 4 6
Oreste Puliti Fencing 192019241928 4 1 0 5
Giorgio Zampori Gymnastics 191219201924 4 0 1 5
Gabriella Paruzzi Cross country skiing 19921994199820022006 1 0 4 5
Klaus Dibiasi Diving 1964196819721976 3 2 0 5
Alberto Tomba Alpine skiing 198819921994 3 2 0 5
Antonio Rossi Canoeing 1992199620002004 3 1 1 5
Giancarlo Cornaggia Fencing 192819321936 3 1 1 5
Manlio Di Rosa Fencing 1936194819521956 2 2 1 5
Carlo Massullo Modern pentathlon 198419881992 1 2 2 5
Silvio Fauner Cross country skiing 199219941998 1 2 2 5
Franco Menichelli Artistic gymnastics 19601964 1 1 3 5
Marco Albarello Cross country skiing 199219941998 1 3 1 5

Notes: in Khaki the athletes still in activity.

Men gold medalist[edit]

In this table (sorted by individual totals gold medals), the men who have won gold individual medals at the Olympics (but also at the World Championships).

Athlete Sport Born Period Individual Team Total
Olympics World Ch. Olympics World Ch. Individual Team Individual + Team
Gold medal olympic.svg Silver medal olympic.svg Bronze medal olympic.svg Gold medal world centered-2.svg Silver medal world centered-2.svg Bronze medal world centered-2.svg Gold medal olympic.svg Silver medal olympic.svg Bronze medal olympic.svg Gold medal world centered-2.svg Silver medal world centered-2.svg Bronze medal world centered-2.svg Gouden medaille.svg Zilveren medaille.svg Bronzen medaille.svg Gouden medaille.svg Zilveren medaille.svg Bronzen medaille.svg Gouden medaille.svg Zilveren medaille.svg Bronzen medaille.svg Tot.
1 Armin Zöggeler Luge 1974 1994–2014 2 1 3 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 8 4 4 0 2 4 8 6 8 22
2 Jury Chechi Gymnastics 1969 1989–2004 1 0 1 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 6 0 3 9
3 Klaus Dibiasi Diving 1946 1964–1976 3 2 0 2 2 0 - - - 5 4 0 - - - 5 4 0 9
4 Alberto Tomba Alpine skiing 1966 1987–1996 3 2 0 2 0 2 - - - 5 2 2 - - - 5 2 2 9
5 Gustav Thöni Alpine skiing 1951 1972–1976 1 2 0 4 0 0 - - - 5 2 0 - - - 5 2 0 7
6 Giorgio Zampori Gymnastics 1887 1909–1913 1 0 1 4 1 1 3 0 1 0 0 2 5 1 2 3 0 3 8 1 5 14
7 Leandro Faggin Cycling 1933 1956–1968 1 0 0 3 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 3 1 0 0 5 3 3 11
8 Vincenzo Maenza Wrestling 1962 1982–1992 2 1 0 2 1 0 - - - 4 2 0 - - - 4 2 0 6
9 Edoardo Mangiarotti Fencing 1919 1936–1960 1 1 2 2 5 2 5 4 0 11 3 3 3 6 4 16 7 3 19 13 7 39
10 Sante Gaiardoni Cycling 1939 1960–1970 2 0 0 1 3 2 - - - 3 3 2 - - - 3 3 2 8
11 Raimondo D'Inzeo Equestrian 1925 1955–1972 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 1 3 3 3 4 10
12 Andrea Benelli Shooting 1960 1981–2006 1 0 1 2 1 1 7 3 2 3 1 2 7 3 2 10 4 4 18
Roberto Cammarelle Boxing 1980 2004–2012 1 1 1 2 0 1 - - - 3 1 2 - - - 3 1 2 6
14 Paolo Bettini Cycling 1974 2001–2007 1 0 0 2 1 0 - - - 3 1 0 - - - 3 1 0 4
Zeno Colò Alpine skiing 1920 1950–1952 1 0 0 2 1 0 - - - 3 1 0 - - - 3 1 0 4
16 Maurizio Damilano Athletics 1957 1980–1991 1 0 2 2 0 0 - - - 3 0 2 - - - 3 0 2 5
Ercole Baldini Cycling 1933 1956–1964 1 0 0 2 0 2 - - - 3 0 2 - - - 3 0 2 5
18 Silvio Martinello Cycling 1963 1995–2000 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 3 2 0 3 0 1 3 2 1 6 2 2 10
Ennio Mattarelli Shooting 1928 1961–1973 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 4
20 Luciano Giovannetti Shooting 1945 1979–1986 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 3 0 0 3 1 0 6 1 0 7
21 Massimiliano Rosolino Swimming 1978 1998–2007 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 2 2 0 2 1 2 4 3 9
22 Carlo Pavesi Fencing 1923 1950–1960 1 0 0 1 2 1 3 0 0 4 1 0 2 2 1 7 1 0 9 3 1 13
Daniele Masala Modern pentathlon 1955 1979–1988 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 3 2 2 1 2 1 3 4 3 4 11
24 Mauro Numa Fencing 1961 1979–1990 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 3 2 2 2 1 2 4 2 2 6 3 4 11
Paul Hildgartner Luge 1952 1972-1988 1 1 0 1 - 2 1 - - 1 - 1 2 1 2 2 - 1 4 1 3 8
25 Aldo Montano Fencing 1978 2002–2012 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 4 2 2 1 0 0 5 4 2 6 4 12
26 Alberto Cova Athletics 1958 1983–1984 1 0 0 1 0 0 - - - 2 0 0 - - - 2 0 0 2
Athletes in team sports
1 Eugenio Monti Bobsleigh 1928 1956–1968 - - - 2 2 2 9 1 0 11 3 2 11 3 2 16
2 Carmine Abbagnale Rowing 1962 1981–1993 - - - 2 1 0 7 4 1 9 5 1 9 5 1 15
3 Giuseppe Abbagnale Rowing 1959 1981–1993 - - - 2 1 0 7 3 1 9 4 1 9 4 1 14
4 Antonio Rossi Canoeing 1968 1992–2004 - - - 3 1 1 3 3 1 6 4 2 6 4 2 12
5 Agostino Straulino Sailing 1914 1939–1965 - - - 1 1 0 4 2 1 5 3 1 5 3 1 9
6 Rossano Galtarossa Rowing 1972 1992–2012 - - - 1 1 2 4 1 3 5 2 5 5 2 5 12
7 Agostino Abbagnale Rowing 1962 1985–2002 - - - 3 0 0 2 2 0 5 2 0 5 2 0 7

Notes: in Khaki the athletes still in activity. For Cycling was considered for world championships, only professional events.

Women gold medalist[edit]

The italian female athletes most successful of all-time.

In this table, the women who have won gold individual medals at the Olympics (but also at the World Championships).

   Still in activity
Athlete Sport Born Period Olympics World Ch. Total
Gold medal olympic.svg Silver medal olympic.svg Bronze medal olympic.svg Tot. Gold medal world centered-2.svg Silver medal world centered-2.svg Bronze medal world centered-2.svg Tot. Gouden medaille.svg Zilveren medaille.svg Bronzen medaille.svg Tot.
1 Valentina Vezzali[8] Fencing 1974 1994–2012 3 1 1 5 6 2 3 11 9 3 4 16
2 Josefa Idem[9] Canoeing 1964 1990–2009 1 2 1 4 5 9 6 20 6 11 7 24
3 Stefania Belmondo[10] Cross-country skiing 1969 1992–2002 2 3 2 7 4 4 1 9 6 5 3 16
4 Deborah Compagnoni Alpine skiing 1970 1992–1998 3 1 0 4 3 0 0 3 6 1 0 7
5 Alessandra Sensini Windsurf 1970 1996–2012 1 1 2 4 4 3 1 8 5 4 3 12
6 Federica Pellegrini[11] Swimming 1988 2004–2011 1 1 0 2 4 1 1 6 5 2 1 8
7 Paola Pezzo[12] Mountain bike 1969 1993–2000 2 0 0 2 2 0 2 4 4 0 2 6
8 Giovanna Trillini[13] Fencing 1970 1992–2007 1 1 2 4 2 2 3 7 3 3 5 11
9 Gerda Weissensteiner[14][15] Luge 1969 1993–2006 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 4 2 1 2 5
10 Irene Camber[16] Fencing 1926 1952–1960 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 3
Chiara Cainero[17] Shooting 1978 2006–2008 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 3
Others notables (at least one gold medal at the Olympics or World Championships and at least one medal in the other competition)
12 Deborah Gelisio[18] Shooting 1976 1993–2007 0 1 0 1 4 1 0 5 4 2 0 6
13 Manuela Di Centa[19][20] Cross-country skiing 1964 1991–1995 2 2 0 4 0 2 3 5 2 4 3 9
14 Isolde Kostner Alpine skiing 1975 1994–2002 0 1 2 3 1 2 0 3 2 2 2 6
15 Fiona May[21] Athletics 1969 1995–2001 0 2 0 2 2 1 1 3 2 3 1 6
16 Antonella Bellutti Track cycling 1968 1995–2000 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 2 2 0 4
17 Sara Simeoni[22][23] Athletics 1953 1976–1984 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3
18 Novella Calligaris[24] Swimming 1954 1968–1973 0 1 2 3 1 0 2 3 1 1 4 6
19 Antonella Ragno[25] Fencing 1940 1960–1972 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 3

Notes: in Khaki the athletes still in activity.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Until 2009 it was believed that Italy did not take part at the 1904 Olympics. It was discovered by Olympic historians later on that cyclist Frank Bizzoni thought as an American national was still an Italian citizen at the time of the games.
  2. ^ "Frank Bizzoni Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement – Italy". 
  4. ^ "Italy – Olympic Summer Games". olympic.org. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Five for Italy and two for West Germany
  6. ^ "Londra 2012 – i qualificati". coni.it. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Italy at the Olympics". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  8. ^ She won also 2 gold and 1 bronze at the Olympics and 5 gold 2 silver at the World Championships with the team.
  9. ^ She won also 1 bronze at the Olympics and 2 bronze at the World Championshimps for the West Germany.
  10. ^ She won also 2 bronze e 3 silver at the Olympics and 1 bronze at the World Championshimps with the team.
  11. ^ She is 2 swimming world records holder.
  12. ^ She won also 1 times la Mountain Bike World Cup on her sport.
  13. ^ She won also 3 gold and 1 bronze at the Olympics and 7 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze at the World Championships with the team.
  14. ^ She won also 2 times la Luge World Cup on her sport.
  15. ^ She won 1 gold also a bronze in bobsleigh double at 2006 Winter Olympics, 1 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze in team events at World Luge Championships.
  16. ^ She won also 1 bronze at the Olympics and 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze at the World Championships with the team.
  17. ^ She won also 1 bronze at the Olympics and 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze at the World Championships with the team.
  18. ^ She won also 2 gold and 2 silver World Championships with the team.
  19. ^ She won also 3 bronze ath the Olympics and 2 silver at the World Championships with the team.
  20. ^ She won also 2 Cross-Country World Cup in her sport.
  21. ^ Born in United Kingdom, but italian for wedding.
  22. ^ She was the world record holder in high jump
  23. ^ She was able top participate just 1 edition of World Championships, because it was not held before 1983.
  24. ^ First italian swimmer to win an olympic medals.
  25. ^ She won also 1 bronze at the Olympics and 3 bronze at the World Championships with the team.
  • a b Not counting Enrico Brusoni gold medal at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Cycling Points Race, this medal is not recognized by IOC, but is recognized by Italian National Olympic Committee.

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