Nedo NADI

Italy ITA

Fencing

  • Olympic Medals
    6 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Stockholm 1912
  • Year of Birth
    1894
Olympic Results

Biography

Nedo NADI

Nedo Nadi was the most versatile fencer in history, uniquely winning an Olympic title with each of the three weapons at the same Games.

22 wins to the gold medal

In 1912, when he was only 18 years old, Nadi won the individual foil title and then, in 1920, he produced one of the greatest of all Olympic performances. First he helped Italy win the team foil title. Then he added the gold medal in the individual foil by winning 22 matches and losing only two.

Gold medal with the undisciplined weapon

Nadi’s father, Beppe, considered the épée to be an “undisciplined” weapon and forbade its use in his salle. So Nedo would sneak out to practice with it elsewhere. His insubordination paid off when he won a gold medal in the team épée event in Antwerp. A few days later, Nadi also earned gold medals in the individual and team sabre for a record five fencing medals at the same Games.

From professional to amateur

His brother, Aldo, also won a gold medal in each of the three team events. After the 1920 Olympic Games, Nedo Nadi taught as a professional in South America but on his return he was reinstated as an amateur and served as President of the Italian Fencing Federation. Nadi had fought in World War I and was decorated by the Italian government for bravery.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Antwerp 1920

G
Foil, Individual
Foil, Individual Fencing
G
Sabre, Individual
Sabre, Individual Fencing
G
Foil, Team
Foil, Team Fencing
G
Épée, Team
Épée, Team Fencing
G
Sabre, Team
Sabre, Team Fencing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Stockholm 1912

G
Foil, Individual
Foil, Individual Fencing
#5
Sabre, Individual
Sabre, Individual Fencing
#=5
Sabre, Team
Sabre, Team Fencing