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Orazio Fagone

Full name: Orazio Fagone
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: November 13, 1968 in Catania, Catania, Italy
Affiliations: Sampla Belting Geas
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Being born in the Sicilian town of Catania, Orazio Fagone moved to winter sports territory (Torino) as a toddler. His Olympic début came in 1988, when short-track speed skating was still a demonstration sport. Fagone reached two finals, finishing third (1,500 m) and 2nd (relay). Successful years followed, winning 5 world titles, two with the relay squad (1988 and 1996), one at the World Team Championships (1993) and two individually (500 m in 1996, 3,000 m in 1994). His two subsequent Olympic appearances (1992, 1994) did not see Fagone progress beyond the quarter-final stage in individual events, but in the 1994 relay event, he earned a gold medal together with Maurizio Carnino, Hugo Herrnhof and Mirko Vuillermin. Hoping to defend his title in Nagano, life changed drastically for Fagone on 30 May 1997, when a motorcycle accident ended his career. His right leg was amputated, and Fagone has been bound to his wheelchair since. This did not stop him from practising sports, and he picked up ice sledge hockey. A three-time national champion, Fagone was picked for the 2006 Paralympic team. This made Fagone the third Winter Olympian to also compete in the Paralympics, and the first disabled one (the other two were sighted guides).

Results

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 31 0 DQ
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy Round One Heat Four AC DQ

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT T
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 24 1 1:34.91
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Italy Round One Heat Eight 4 1 1:34.91
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 15 3 1:32.19
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy Quarter-Finals Heat One AC DQ
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy Round One Heat Five 2 Q 3 1:32.19

Men's 5,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Final Standings 8
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Semi-Finals Heat Two 4
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Round One Heat Two 2
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Final Round B Final 4
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Final Standings 1
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Final Round A Final 1
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Italy ITA Semi-Finals Heat One 1
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