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Eugenio Monti

Full name: Eugenio Monti
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: January 28, 1928 in Dobbiaco, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
Died: December 1, 2003 in Belluno, Belluno, Italy
Affiliations: Bob Club Cortina, Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA)
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Bobsleigh

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

Italy’s Eugenio Monti is considered by most experts as the greatest bobsled driver in history. After winning two Olympic silver medals in 1956 he was deprived of the opportunity of further honors in 1960 as the bobsled was not included in the program at Squaw Valley that year. At his second Olympics in 1964 he won two bronze medals and, in 1968, he won gold medals in both events. The bobsled events at the 1968 Winter Games also carried the status of the World Championships and, including his Olympic victories, Monti won the world title in the two-man event eight times and was the world four-man champion three times. He retired after the 1968 Olympics and became the Italian team manager. In addition to his championships he is known for his sportsmanship at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Olympics. Trailing the British team of Anthony Nash and Robin Dixon going into the final run, he lent them a bolt off his own sled when theirs failed. Nash and Dixon won the gold medal, but for this magnanimous action, Monti was awarded the International Fair Play Award. After a 15-year battle with Parkinson's Disease, he ended his life by committing suicide.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Bobsleigh Men's Two Italy-2 ITA 2 Silver
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Bobsleigh Men's Four Italy-2 ITA 2 Silver
1964 Winter 35 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Men's Two Italy-1 ITA 3 Bronze
1964 Winter 35 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Men's Four Italy-2 ITA 3 Bronze
1968 Winter 40 Grenoble Bobsleigh Men's Two Italy-1 ITA 1 Gold
1968 Winter 40 Grenoble Bobsleigh Men's Four Italy-1 ITA 1 Gold

Men's Two

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Renzo Alverà Final Standings
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Renzo Alverà Run 1
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Renzo Alverà Run 2
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Renzo Alverà Run 3
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Renzo Alverà Run 4
1964 Winter 35 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Sergio Siorpaes Final Standings
1964 Winter 35 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Sergio Siorpaes Run 1
1964 Winter 35 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Sergio Siorpaes Run 2
1964 Winter 35 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Sergio Siorpaes Run 3
1964 Winter 35 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Sergio Siorpaes Run 4
1968 Winter 40 Grenoble Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Luciano De Paolis Final Standings
1968 Winter 40 Grenoble Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Luciano De Paolis Run 1
1968 Winter 40 Grenoble Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Luciano De Paolis Run 2
1968 Winter 40 Grenoble Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Luciano De Paolis Run 3
1968 Winter 40 Grenoble Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Luciano De Paolis Run 4

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Final Standings
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Run 1
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Run 2
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Run 3
1956 Winter 27 Cortina d'Ampezzo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Run 4
1964 Winter 35 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Final Standings
1964 Winter 35 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Run 1
1964 Winter 35 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Run 2
1964 Winter 35 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Run 3
1964 Winter 35 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Run 4
1968 Winter 40 Grenoble Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Final Standings
1968 Winter 40 Grenoble Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Run 1
1968 Winter 40 Grenoble Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Run 2