Personal Information

Family Partner Alice Volpi

Residence Frascati, ITA

Occupation Athlete, Police Officer, Student

Languages English, Italian

Higher education Medicine - University of Rome Tor Vergata: Italy

License number 04081992000


World Cup2349
St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2017-05-05Paris (FRANCE), 2015-01-16St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2015-05-01
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2019-03-01Paris (FRANCE), 2018-01-19Bonn (GERMANY), 2016-02-05
Paris (FRANCE), 2020-01-10Tokyo (JAPAN), 2019-01-25
Tokyo (JAPAN), 2019-12-13
World Championship--11
Leipzig (GERMANY), 2017-07-20
Zone Championships13-4
Tbilisi (GEORGIA), 2017-06-12Montreux (SWITZERLAND), 2015-06-05
Novi Sad (SERBIA), 2018-06-16
Düsseldorf (GERMANY), 2019-06-17
Grand Prix--22
La Havane (CUBA), 2015-03-13
Long Beach, California (USA), 2017-03-17
Olympic Games11-2
Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2016-08-07Tokyo (JAPAN), 2021-07-26
Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2012-12-02

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He decided to focus on fencing at age 17.

Why this sport? He first took up the sport in his garage. "It has helped shape my character. I was training with a dummy."

Club / Team GS Fiamme Gialle [ITA] / Frascati Scherma [ITA]:

Name of coach Fabio Galli

Handedness Right

General Interest

Nicknames Dani (Facebook profile, 29 Sep 2019)

Hobbies Reading, watching films, watching football, spending time with his dog. (pianetascherma.com, 12 Apr 2020; sport.sky.it, 13 Jul 2019; catania.liveuniversity.it, 16 Jan 2017)

Hero / Idol Italian fencers Andrea Baldini and Stefano Barrera. (corrieredellosport.it, 28 Sep 2016)

Injuries In October 2017 he required surgery on a collapsed lung. (catania.meridionews.it, 26 Oct 2017)

Sporting philosophy / motto "What we do from a sporting point of view, if we are only limited to the sporting event, wouldn't be that useful. I think that what sport has to teach, the message it has to convey, is the opportunity to come together socially and share positive values." (eurosport.com, 09 Sep 2020)

Awards and honours In 2018 he received the Collare d'Oro [Golden Necklace] from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI]. (frascatischerma.it, 19 Dec 2018)

Famous relatives His brother Enrico has represented Italy in fencing. He won silver in team epee at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. His partner Alice Volpi has also represented Italy in the sport. She won gold in individual foil at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. (Alice Volpi Instagram profile, 09 Apr 2020; sport.sky.it, 13 Jul 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 06 Jul 2017; oasport.it, 06 Dec 2016; pianetascherma.com, 13 Jun 2015)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and to become a doctor. (ilmamilio.it, 27 Mar 2020)

Other information ACADEMIC AMBITION
In 2020 he used the enforced lockdown caused by COVID-19 to focus on his degree in medicine. He hopes to graduate after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I have done something that I had not done for a long time, that is, I put the university [studies] in the foreground so I hope to be able to graduate shortly after the Olympics in 2021. By studying a lot in these months and maybe at the beginning of the next sporting year, I should be well advanced. I am devoting myself a lot to studying. It has been a long time since I did this and I get a lot of satisfaction from it. I'm prouder of what I have accomplished from an academic point of view than of what I have accomplished in sports. What I have accomplished in my academic career is nothing to what I have achieved in fencing of course, but I am really proud of it because it's a result of all my sacrifices." (eurosport.com, 09 Sep 2020; pianetascherma.com, 12 Apr 2020)

In October 2016, after falling asleep on a train to Turin, his Olympic gold medal was stolen from his backpack, and was later found in a heap of garbage outside a train station by a local woman who connected with him via social media. "I'm really happy. Even though I'd come to terms with losing the medal, it was like a part of me had been taken away. I asked her to kindly send a photo of it first. Not that I didn't trust her, but I really didn't want to be let down." He later thanked the woman by inviting her to a celebratory meal. (straitstimes.com, 13 Nov 2016)


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