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Valentina Vezzali with Giorgio Napolitano, current President of the Italian Republic
Medal record
Competitor for  Italy
Women's Fencing
Olympic Games
Gold Atlanta 1996 Foil Team
Gold Sydney 2000 Foil Individual
Gold Sydney 2000 Foil Team
Gold Athens 2004 Foil Individual
Gold Beijing 2008 Foil Individual
Silver Atlanta 1996 Foil Individual
Bronze Beijing 2008 Foil Team
World Championships
Gold 1995 The Hague Team Foil
Gold 1997 Cape Town Team Foil
Gold 1998 La Chaux-de-Fonds Team Foil
Gold 1999 Seoul Foil
Gold 2001 Nimes Foil
Gold 2001 Nimes Team Foil
Gold 2003 Havana Foil
Gold 2004 New York Team Foil
Gold 2005 Leipzig Foil
Gold 2007 St.Petersburg Foil
Gold 2009 Antalya Team Foil
Silver 1994 Athens Foil
Silver 1994 Athens Team Foil
Silver 2006 Turin Foil
Silver 2006 Turin Team Foil
Bronze 1995 The Hague Foil
Bronze 1998 La Chaux-de-Fonds Foil

Maria Valentina Vezzali (born February 14, 1974 in Jesi) is an Italian fencer who has won five Olympic gold medals in foil competitions. 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 eleven gold medals at the World Fencing Championships, five in individual competitions (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007) and another six in team competitions (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2009), 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 six gold medals (individual: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2009; team: 1999, 2001), 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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