Italy's Alberto Tomba won gold in both the slalom and giant slalom on his Olympic debut in Calgary in 1988, and clinched the giant slalom again four years later in Albertville, where he became the first alpine skier to win the same Olympic event twice. He also won slalom silver medals in 1992 and 1994 to become the first alpine skier to take home medals from three different Olympic Winter Games and the first male alpine skier to win five Olympic medals.
Deborah Compagnoni's first Olympic gold medal came in the 1992 super G in Albertville. This effort was followed by back-to-back giant slalom wins in Lillehammer and Nagano which made her the first alpine skier to win gold medals in three different Olympic Winter Games.
After Italian bobsleigh pilot Eugenio Monti won silver medals in the two-man and four-man at the 1956 Games in Cortina d'Ampezzo, bobsleigh was removed from the programme for the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley. The sport returned in 1964 and Monti won double bronze. At the 1968 Games in Grenoble the nine-time world champion finally won Olympic gold, claiming victory in both the two-man and four-man bobsleigh events at age 40.
When cross-country skier Stefania Belmondo won gold in the women's 15km freestyle and silver in the 30km freestyle at Salt Lake, she took her winter Olympic medal tally to nine. Her other gold medal came in the 30km event at the 1992 Games in Albertville, where she also won silver in the combined pursuit and bronze in the relay. She won three other bronze medals and a silver with her efforts at the 1994 and 1998 editions.
Another Italian cross-country skier to have excelled in Olympic competition is Manuela Di Centa. After first competing at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games, she won her first Olympic medal - a bronze in the 4x5km relay - at the 1992 Albertville Games. In Lillehammer in 1994, she won a medal in each of the women's cross-country skiing races - gold in both the 15km and 30km, silver in both the 5km race and pursuit and bronze in the 4x5km relay. She also won bronze with the relay team in 1998 and became an IOC member the following year.
In Vancouver in 2010, luge competitor Armin Zoggeler became the first Italian to win a medal in the same event [men's singles] at five consecutive editions of the Olympic Winter Games. He also tied Germany's Georg Hackl for most Olympic medals in luge [five].
Title: Il Canto degli Italiani [The Song of the Italians]
Creators: Words by Goffredo Mameli. Music by Michele Novaro.
Founding date: 1908
IOC recognition date: 1915
NOC president's name: Giovanni Malago
NOC general secretary’s name: Roberto Fabbricini
IOC member’s name: Franco Carraro [entry in the IOC: 1982], Mario Pescante [entry in the IOC: 1994], Ottavio Cinquanta [entry in the IOC: 1996]
Participation in Olympic Games
Year of the first appearance: 1924Medals per sport
Number of appearances: 22 [Sochi included]
Medals per year
-: Medals for the Figure Skating and Ice Hockey events at the 1908 and 1920 Olympic Summer Games have been included in the tables