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Roberto Zandonella

Full name: Roberto Zandonella Necca
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born: April 14, 1944 in Comelico, Belluno, Italy
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Bobsleigh

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Roberto Zandonella started as the brakeman for Pocchiesa in Cortina. His greatest achievement was the gold medal at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble in the four-man bob piloted by Eugenio Monti. At the World Championships he won a silver medal in Gianfranco Gaspari’s four-man bob in 1969 and added another four-man gold medal in 1970, this time with pilot Nevio De Zordo. At the 1971 pre-Olympic competitions Zandonella’s team was placed second but was unable to repeat this success at the Olympics. At home he won Italian titles in 1965 and 1967.

After the 1968 Olympic success Zandonella was appointed Knight, with his entire crew, and in 1995 was made an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. Beginning in 2000 he served on the Italian Association of Gold Medalists board of directors. In 2006 he was one of the final torchbearers for the Opening Ceremony of the Torino Winter Olympics. In 2009 Zandonella was awarded the Palm of Technical Merit for his accomplishments in supporting young athletes. He studied civil engineering in Bologna and later worked for a construction company.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Winter 23 Grenoble Bobsleigh Men's Four Italy-1 ITA 1 Gold
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Bobsleigh Men's Four Italy-2 ITA 8

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1968 Winter 23 Grenoble Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Final Standings
1968 Winter 23 Grenoble Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Run 1
1968 Winter 23 Grenoble Bobsleigh Italy-1 ITA Run 2
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Final Standings
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Run 1
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Run 2
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Run 3
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Bobsleigh Italy-2 ITA Run 4
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