VEZZALI Valentina (1974) Italy / Fencing
The little Italian is one of the firebrands of fencing. Already a gold medal winner in Atlanta in 1996, individually and as part of the Italian team, she dreamed of an Olympic title in Sydney in the foil event.She did even better. Her ability to launch lightning attacks on her opponents helped her win the individual gold medal as well as the team gold medal, along with in particular Giovana Trillini, who was individual bronze medallist. This confirmed Valentina Vezzali's world domination following her victory in the world championships a year beforehand.