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Aldo Nadi

Full name: Aldo Nadi
Gender: Male
Height: 15-3 (183 cm)
Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)
Born: April 29, 1899 in Livorno, Livorno, Italy
Died: November 10, 1965 in West Los Angeles, California, United States
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Fencing

Related Olympians: Brother of Nedo Nadi.

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

Aldo Nadi's performance at the 1920 Olympics, winning gold medals with the Italian team in all three fencing disciplines (épée, sabre, foil) would have stood out in Olympic fencing history, had it not been surpassed at the very same Games, by his brother, Nedo, who fenced on the same teams, and additionally won two individual gold medals in foil and sabre. Aldo also competed in those events, finishing fifth in the foil and winning silver in the sabre. The two brothers were trained by their father Beppe, a noted fencing master in Italy. Because Beppe disliked the épée, his sons were not allowed to fence with it, although they did so in secrecy, and eventually won a gold medal in the team épée in Antwerp. Following the 1920 Olympics, Aldo Nadi turned professional, and earned several Italian titles. He eventually moved to the United States, where he was known as a fencing coach to actors, notably Tyrone Power. He also occasionally appeared in moves himself.

Nadi was known for his duels also outside the fencing hall: at the 1920 Olympics he fought out a strange duel with Filippo Bottino. Having insulted the weightlifting champion, they fought out the fight with a riding whip (Nadi) and a wooden beam (Bottino). It was decided rather soon as Nadi immediately struck Bottino's hand, causing him to drop the weapon. On another occasion, he challenged a journalist who had mocked him, and severely injured him in the duel. In 1968, he challenged fellow fencing champion Edoardo Mangiarotti to a duel after feeling slighted because Mangiarotti had received a more honorable certificate from the Italian NOC than Nadi had himself. Because of injury, Nadi proposed to fight out the duel with pistols, which was wisely declined by Mangiarotti.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Foil, Individual Italy ITA 5
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Foil, Team Italy ITA 1 Gold
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Épée, Team Italy ITA 1 Gold
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Sabre, Individual Italy ITA 2 Silver
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Sabre, Team Italy ITA 1 Gold

Men's Foil, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL TR
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool 5 1920-08-18 6 5 19
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Semi-Finals Pool Two 1T 1920-08-18 4 1
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool Three 1 1920-08-17 6 0

Men's Foil, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML BW BL TBW/TD IBW
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool 1 1920-08-17 4 0 50 14
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout A 1 1920-08-17 ITA 9, FRA 7 9 3
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout B 1 1920-08-17 ITA 16, GBR 0 16 4
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout D 1 1920-08-17 ITA 13, USA 3 13 4
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool One 1 1920-08-15 4 0
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool One 1 1920-08-15 ITA 9, BEL 7 9 2

Men's Épée, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML MT TBW/TD
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool 1 1920-08-20 5 0 0
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout A 1 1920-08-20 ITA 8, SUI 7 8
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout B 1 1920-08-20 ITA 12, POR 3 12
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout C 1 1920-08-20 ITA 10, FRA 6 10
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout D 1 1920-08-20 ITA 10, BEL 6 10
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool Two 2T 1920-08-20 3 1 1

Men's Sabre, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL TR
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool 2 1920-08-26 9 2 17
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Semi-Finals Pool One 4 1920-08-25 3 3
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool Two 1 1920-08-25 6 1

Men's Sabre, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML TBW/TD IBW
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool 1 1920-08-24 7 0
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout 1 1 1920-08-24 ITA 13, DEN 3 13 3
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout 2 1 1920-08-24 ITA 13, TCH 3 13 4
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout 3 1 1920-08-24 ITA 13, USA 3 13 4
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout 4 1 1920-08-24 ITA 12, NED 4 12 3
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout 5 1 1920-08-24 ITA 12, BEL 4 12 3
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout 6 1 1920-08-24 ITA 13, FRA 3 13 4
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Standings 1 1920-08-24
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