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Antonio Rossi

Full name: Antonio Rossi
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: December 19, 1968 in Lecco, Lecco, Italy
Affiliations: G.S. Fiamme Gialle, Roma (ITA)
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Canoeing

Related Olympians: Husband of Lucia Micheli.

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Italy's Antonio Rossi has won Olympic medals at four consecutive Olympics. Having started canoeing at age 15, he débuted at the Olympics in Barcelona, where he immediately captured a bronze medal in the K-2 500, along with Bruno Dreossi. His most successful Games were in Atlanta, where he won two gold medals, one in the K-1 500m, and one in the K-2 1,000, together with Daniele Scarpa. He retained that last title at the Sydney Olympics, albeit with Beniamino Bonomi. The same duo would win Olympic silver in Athens, with just 0.064 seconds separating them from the gold. Rossi's last Olympic appearance was in Beijing, where he carried the Italian flag during the opening. He now contested the K-4 event, but was unable to win a sixth medal, finishing fourth in the final. Apart from the Olympics, Rossi also starred at World Championships. His best event was the K-2 1,000, winning medals in five consecutive championships. After silver in 1993 and 1994, he won his first title in 1995 (all with Scarpa). This was followed in 1997 and 1998 by two more titles, now with Luca Negri. Rossi also won a silver in the K-4 200 (1998) and a bronze in the K-1 500 (1997). Rossi, who married fellow kayaker Lucia Micheli shortly after his Atlanta wins, was voted on the board of the Italian NOC during his active career. He also became involved in regional politics, and was appointed as councillor for sports in his native province of Lecco in 2009. A devout Catholic, Antonio Rossi was also present at the 2000 Jubilee of sports People, where he addressed the pope and was elected as athlete representative of the Jubilee.

Results

Men's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Canoeing Italy Final Round 1 OB 1:37.423
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Canoeing Italy Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OB 1:39.185
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Canoeing Italy Round One Heat Three 1 QU 1:40.411

Men's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T L
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Canoeing Italy ITA Bruno Dreossi Final Round 1992-08-07 1:30.00
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Canoeing Italy ITA Bruno Dreossi Semi-Finals Heat One 1992-08-05 1:29.36
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Canoeing Italy ITA Bruno Dreossi Round One Heat One 1992-08-03 1:35.04
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Canoeing Italy ITA Beniamino Bonomi Final Round 2000-10-01 1:52.635
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Canoeing Italy ITA Beniamino Bonomi Semi-Finals Heat Two 2000-09-29 1:29.888
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Canoeing Italy ITA Beniamino Bonomi Round One Heat Three 2000-09-27 1:32.193
2004 Summer 35 Athina Canoeing Italy ITA Beniamino Bonomi Final Round 2004-08-28 1:30.804 1
2004 Summer 35 Athina Canoeing Italy ITA Beniamino Bonomi Semi-Finals Heat One 2004-08-26 1:31.830 2
2004 Summer 35 Athina Canoeing Italy ITA Beniamino Bonomi Round One Heat Two 2004-08-24 1:33.565 7

Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T L
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Canoeing Italy ITA Daniele Scarpa Final Round 1996-08-03 3:09.190
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Canoeing Italy ITA Daniele Scarpa Semi-Finals Heat One 1996-08-01 3:16.848
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Canoeing Italy ITA Daniele Scarpa Round One Heat One 1996-07-30 3:33.786
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Canoeing Italy ITA Beniamino Bonomi Final Round 2000-09-30 3:14.461
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Canoeing Italy ITA Beniamino Bonomi Round One Heat One 2000-09-26 3:14.316
2004 Summer 35 Athina Canoeing Italy ITA Beniamino Bonomi Final Round 2004-08-27 3:19.484 1
2004 Summer 35 Athina Canoeing Italy ITA Beniamino Bonomi Semi-Finals 2004-08-25 3:12.597 2
2004 Summer 35 Athina Canoeing Italy ITA Beniamino Bonomi Round One Heat One 2004-08-23 3:14.060 6

Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date T L
2008 Summer 39 Beijing Canoeing Italy ITA Final Round 2008-08-22 2:57.626 6
2008 Summer 39 Beijing Canoeing Italy ITA Round One Heat Two 2008-08-18 2:58.627 7
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