At a glance

14 Feb 1974 Jesi, Italy
164 cm / 54 kg 5'5'' / 118 pounds
Female
In Beijing, Valentina Vezzali became the first woman in Olympic history to win five gold medals in fencing. Between 1996 and 2008, she has won the individual foil three times (2000, 2004, 2008) and the team competition twice (1996, 2000). She has also won an individual silver (1996) and a team bronze (2008), bringing her Olympic medal total to seven, second only to team mate and her opponent in the 2004 final, Giovanna Trillini. Outside of the Olympics, Vezzali’s record is no less impressive: she won 11 world titles in foil fencing (five individual, six team) and 17 medals in...

In Beijing, Valentina Vezzali became the first woman in Olympic history to win five gold medals in fencing. Between 1996 and 2008, she has won the individual foil three times (2000, 2004, 2008) and the team competition twice (1996, 2000). She has also won an individual silver (1996) and a team bronze (2008), bringing her Olympic medal total to seven, second only to team mate and her opponent in the 2004 final, Giovanna Trillini. Outside of the Olympics, Vezzali’s record is no less impressive: she won 11 world titles in foil fencing (five individual, six team) and 17 medals in total, as well as nine European titles (five individual, four team). Between 1996 and 2008, she also won the women’s foil World Cup a record ten times, and her extensive medal cabinet also features gold medals from the Mediterranean Games and Universiads.

Maria Valentina in numbers

5
Olympics
Olympics
9
medals
Gold medal:6 Silver medal:1 Bronze medal:2
  • London
    London 2012
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    London
    London 2012
    • 3 Bronze medal
      Fencing
      Foil, Individual
    • 1 Gold medal
      Fencing
      Foil, Team
  • Beijing
    Beijing 2008
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Beijing
    Beijing 2008
    • 1 Gold medal
      Fencing
      Foil, Individual
    • 3 Bronze medal
      Fencing
      Foil, Team
  • Athens
    Athens 2004
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Athens
    Athens 2004
    • 1 Gold medal
      Fencing
      Foil, Individual
  • Sydney
    Sydney 2000
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Sydney
    Sydney 2000
    • 1 Gold medal
      Fencing
      Foil, Individual
    • 1 Gold medal
      Fencing
      Foil, Team
  • Atlanta
    Atlanta 1996
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Atlanta
    Atlanta 1996
    • 2 Silver medal
      Fencing
      Foil, Individual
    • 1 Gold medal
      Fencing
      Foil, Team