Maria Valentina Vezzali
(born February 14, 1974 in Iesi
) is an Italian fencer
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who has won five Olympic
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s in foil competitions.
Vezzali is the first fencer in Olympic history to win three Individual Foil gold medals at three consecutive Olympics – Sydney 2000
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, Athens 2004
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and Beijing 2008
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. She also won twelve gold medals at the World Fencing Championships, six in individual competitions (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011) and another seven in team competitions (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010), plus four silver medals (two individual, 1994 and 2006, and two with Italian team, in the same years) and two bronze medals (individual, 1995 and 1998).
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).
In 2006 she published her autobiography, A volto scoperto
("With uncovered face"), written with Caterina Luchetti. She married Italian soccer player Domenico Giugliano and has a son, Pietro.
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