Italy at the Olympics

Italy has competed at all the modern Olympic Games.[1][2][3]

Italy at the
Olympics
IOC codeITA
NOCItalian National Olympic Committee
Websitewww.coni.it (in Italian)
Medals
Ranked 6th
Gold
246
Silver
214
Bronze
241
Total
701
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Italy has taken part in all the Winter Olympic Games, winning 124 medals, and 577 medals at the Summer Olympic Games. Italy has won a total of 246 gold medals which makes them the 6th most successful country in Olympic history, after the USA, the Soviet Union, Germany, Great Britain and France. Italy has the sixth highest medal total of all time with 701.

The Italian National Olympic Committee was created in 1908 and recognised 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

Italy has hosted the Games on four occasions.

GamesHost cityDatesNationsParticipantsEvents
1956 Winter OlympicsCortina d'Ampezzo26 January – 5 February3282124
1960 Summer OlympicsRome25 August – 11 September835,338150
2006 Winter OlympicsTurin10 – 26 February802,50884
2026 Winter OlympicsMilan-Cortina d'Ampezzo6 – 22 FebruaryTBDTBDTBD

Medal tables

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

In the Summer Olympic Games, Italy has finished 2nd in 1932, 3rd in 1960, 4th in 1936, and 5th in 1924, 1928, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1980 and 1984. In the Winter Olympic Games, Italy has finished 4th in 1968 and 1994, and 6th in 1952 and 1992.

Italy ranks 1st all-time in fencing, 2nd in cycling, 3rd in luge, 4th in boxing and shooting, 5th in alpine skiing, and 6th in bobsled, cross-country skiing and short track speed skating.

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

Athletes with most appearances

Partecip. Athlete Born Edition Period
(age 1st / last)
Sport 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
7 Giovanni Pellielo 1970 1992/2016 24 years (22/46) Shooting 0 3 1 4
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
Alessandra Sensini 1970 1992/2012 20 years (22/42) Sailing 1 1 2 4
Gerda Weissensteiner 1969 1988/2006 18 years (19/37) Luge & Bobsleigh 1 0 1 2
Armin Zöggeler 1974 1994/2014 29 years (20/40) Luge 2 1 3 6

Notes: in pink color the women athletes.

Athletes with most medals

The Italian athlete who won the most medals in the history of the Olympic Games, is the fencer Edoardo Mangiarotti.[6]

  Still in activity
Athlete Sport Games 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
Arianna Fontana Short track speed skating 2006201020142018 1 2 5 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

Men gold medalist

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).

  Still in activity
Athlete Sport Born Period Individual Team Total
Olympics World Ch. Olympics World Ch. Individual Team Individual + Team
Tot.
1 Armin Zöggeler Luge 1974 1994–2014 213631 000024 844024 86822
2 Jury Chechi Gymnastics 1969 1989–2004 101502 000000 603000 6039
3 Klaus Dibiasi Diving 1946 1964–1976 320220 --- 540--- 5409
4 Alberto Tomba Alpine skiing 1966 1987–1996 320202 --- 522--- 5229
5 Gustav Thöni Alpine skiing 1951 1972–1976 120400 --- 520--- 5207
6 Giorgio Zampori Gymnastics 1887 1909–1913 101411 301002 512303 81514
7 Leandro Faggin Cycling 1933 1956–1968 100333 100000 433100 53311
8 Vincenzo Maenza Wrestling 1962 1982–1992 210210 --- 420--- 4206
9 Edoardo Mangiarotti Fencing 1919 1936–1960 112252 5401133 3641673 1913739
10 Sante Gaiardoni Cycling 1939 1960–1970 200132 --- 332--- 3328
11 Raimondo D'Inzeo Equestrian 1925 1955–1972 110211 013000 321013 33410
12 Andrea Benelli Shooting 1960 1981–2006 101211 732 312732 104418
Roberto Cammarelle Boxing 1980 2004–2012 111201 --- 312--- 3126
14 Paolo Bettini Cycling 1974 2001–2007 100210 --- 310--- 3104
Zeno Colò Alpine skiing 1920 1950–1952 100210 --- 310--- 3104
16 Maurizio Damilano Athletics 1957 1980–1991 102200 --- 302--- 3025
Ercole Baldini Cycling 1933 1956–1964 100202 --- 302--- 3025
18 Silvio Martinello Cycling 1963 1995–2000 100201 001320 301321 62210
Ennio Mattarelli Shooting 1928 1961–1973 100201 000 301000 3014
20 Luciano Giovannetti Shooting 1945 1979–1986 200100 310 300310 6107
21 Massimiliano Rosolino Swimming 1978 1998–2007 111111 001020 222021 2439
22 Carlo Pavesi Fencing 1923 1950–1960 100121 300410 221710 93113
Daniele Masala Modern pentathlon 1955 1979–1988 100121 110103 221213 43411
24 Mauro Numa Fencing 1961 1979–1990 100112 100322 212422 63411
Paul Hildgartner Luge 1952 1972-1988 210203 ------ ------ 4138
26 Aldo Montano Fencing 1978 2002–2012 100110 012042 210054 26412
27 Alberto Cova Athletics 1958 1983–1984 100100 --- 200--- 2002
Athletes in team sports
1 Eugenio Monti Bobsleigh 1928 1956–1968 --- 222910 1132 113216
2 Carmine Abbagnale Rowing 1962 1981–1993 --- 210741 951 95115
3 Giuseppe Abbagnale Rowing 1959 1981–1993 --- 210731 941 94114
4 Antonio Rossi Canoeing 1968 1992–2004 --- 311331 642 64212
5 Agostino Straulino Sailing 1914 1939–1965 --- 110421 531 5319
6 Rossano Galtarossa Rowing 1972 1992–2012 --- 112413 525 52512
7 Agostino Abbagnale Rowing 1962 1985–2002 --- 300220 520 5207

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

Women gold medalist

The most successful Italian female athletes.

In this table, the women who have won gold individual medals at the Olympics and also at the World Championships. Updated to 24 july 2019.

  Still in activity
# Athlete Sport Born Period Olympics World Ch. Total
Tot. Tot. Tot.
1 Valentina Vezzali[7] Fencing 1974 1994–2016 3 1 1 5 6 2 4 12 9 3 5 17
2 Federica Pellegrini[8] Y Swimming 1988 2004–2017 1 1 0 2 6 4 1 11 7 5 1 13
3 Josefa Idem[9] Canoeing 1964 1990–2009 1 2 1 4 5 9 6 20 6 11 7 24
4 Stefania Belmondo[10] Cross-country skiing 1969 1992–2002 2 3 2 7 4 4 1 9 6 5 3 16
5 Deborah Compagnoni Alpine skiing 1970 1992–1998 3 1 0 4 3 0 0 3 6 1 0 7
6 Alessandra Sensini Windsurf 1970 1996–2012 1 1 2 4 4 3 1 8 5 4 3 12
7 Paola Pezzo[11] Mountain bike 1969 1993–2000 2 0 0 2 2 0 2 4 4 0 2 6
8 Giovanna Trillini[12] Fencing 1970 1992–2007 1 1 2 4 2 2 3 7 3 3 5 11
9 Arianna Fontana Y Short track 1990 2006–2018 1 1 3 5 1 6 4 11 2 7 7 16
10 Gerda Weissensteiner[13][14] Luge 1969 1993–2006 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 4 2 1 2 5
11 Irene Camber[15] Fencing 1926 1952–1960 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 Shooting 1976 1993–2007 0 1 0 1 4 1 0 5 4 2 0 6
13 Manuela Di Centa[16][17] 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[18] 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 Tania Cagnotto[19] Diving 1985 2004-2016 0 1 0 1 1 1 5 7 1 2 5 8
18 Sara Simeoni[20][21] Athletics 1953 1976–1984 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3
19 Novella Calligaris[22] Swimming 1954 1968–1973 0 1 2 3 1 0 2 3 1 1 4 6
20 Chiara Cainero[23] Y Shooting 1978 2006–2016 1 1 0 2 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 5
21 Antonella Ragno[24] Fencing 1940 1960–1972 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 3
22 Dorina Vaccaroni Fencing 1963 1982-1993 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 3
23 Sofia Goggia Y Alpine skiing 1992 2017-2018 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 3
24 Carolina Kostner Y Figure skating 1987 2002-2018 0 0 1 1 1 2 3 6 1 2 4 7

See also

Notes and references

  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. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  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. "Italy at the Olympics". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  7. She won also 2 gold and 1 bronze at the Olympics and 5 gold 2 silver at the World Championships with the team.
  8. She is 2 swimming world records holder.
  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 won also 1 times la Mountain Bike World Cup on her sport.
  12. 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.
  13. She won also 2 times la Luge World Cup on her sport.
  14. 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.
  15. She won also 1 bronze at the Olympics and 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze at the World Championships with the team.
  16. She won also 3 bronze ath the Olympics and 2 silver at the World Championships with the team.
  17. She won also 2 Cross-Country World Cup in her sport.
  18. Born in United Kingdom, but italian for wedding.
  19. First italian diver to win an olympic medals.
  20. She was the world record holder in high jump
  21. She was able top participate just 1 edition of World Championships, because it was not held before 1983.
  22. First italian swimmer to win an olympic medals.
  23. She won also 1 bronze at the Olympics and 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze at the World Championships with the team.
  24. 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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