Valentina Vezzali

Valentina Vezzali
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Personal information
Full name Maria Valentina Vezzali[1]
Nickname(s) Cobra
Born (1974-02-14) 14 February 1974 (age 46)
Iesi, Italy
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 53 kg (117 lb)
Sport
Country Italy Italy
Sport Fencing
Weapon Foil
Hand right-handed
National coach Andrea Cipressa
Club G.S. Fiamme Oro
FIE ranking rankings
Valentina Vezzali
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Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies[1]
In office
19 March 2013[1] – 22 March 2018
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: [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]

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

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 4 10 4 0 16 6 4
European Championships 5 3 2 8 1 2 13 4 3
Total 14 6 7 21 5 3 35 11 9
Fencing World Cup
  • Simple gold cup.svg Foil (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010)

Achievements

Olympic Games

World Championships

Honours and awards

 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

References

  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. 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.

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