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Eugenio Monti

Eugenio Monti
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1928-01-23)23 January 1928
Toblach, Italy
Died 1 December 2003(2003-12-01) (aged 75)
Belluno, Italy
Sport
Country  Italy
Sport Bobsleigh

Eugenio Monti (23 January 1928 – 1 December 2003) was an Italian bobsledder. He is one of the most successful athletes in the history of this sport, with ten World championship medals (of which nine gold) and 6 Olympic medals including two golds. He is known also for his acts of sportsmanship during the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria that made him the first athlete ever to receive the Pierre de Coubertin medal.[1]

Contents

  • Biography 1
  • Achievements 2
    • Olympic Games 2.1
    • FIBT World Championships 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Biography

Born in Toblach, Italy, The Flying Redhead was the best Italian young skier: he won the national titles in slalom and giant slalom, and finished third in downhill, but a 1951 accident stopped his alpine skiing career when he tore ligaments in both of his knees. Monti switched to bobsleigh, finding great success as a result. In 1954 he won his first Italian championship and in 1957 won his first world championship.

At the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, he won silver medals in the 2-man and 4-man bobsled events. He could not compete in the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California, because the bobsled race was not held for economic reasons (for the only time in the history of the Winter Olympic Games).

But it was during the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck that Monti performed the best-known act of his sporting career. Realizing that British bobsledders Tony Nash and Robin Dixon had broken a bolt on their sled, Monti lent them the bolt off his sled. The Britons won the gold medal in the 2-man bobsled, while Monti and his teammate took the bronze medal. Answering critics from the home press, Monti told them "Nash didn't win because I gave him the bolt. He won because he had the fastest run." Monti also showed his act of selfless generosity in the four-man competition. There, the Canadian team of Vic Emery had damaged their sled's axle and would have been disqualified had not Monti and his mechanics come to the rescue. The sled was repaired and the Canadian team went on to win the gold medal, while Monti's team took bronze. For these acts of sportsmanship, he was awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal.

Finally, at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, a 40-year-old Monti won a gold in both the two-man and four-man events (the first non-German to do so). After his victory, he received Italy's highest civilian honor – the Commendatore of the Italian Republic and then retired to labor in his skiing facilities in Cortina.

Suffering from Parkinson's disease, Monti committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on December 1, 2003.

Turn 19 at Cesana Pariol, the site of the 2006 Winter Olympic bobsled, luge, and skeleton competitions, was named for Monti. The bobsleigh track that Monti competed on for years in Cortina was renamed in his honor following his 2003 death.

Achievements

Olympic Games

FIBT World Championships

  • Gold medal in the two-man in 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1966
  • Gold medal in the four-man in 1960, 1961
  • Silver medal in the four man in 1957

See also

References

  1. ^ [2]

External links

  • Eugenio Monti at Sports Reference
  • A lesson in sportsmanship from Monti's actions in 1964
  • Eugenio Monti
  • Interview with Eugenio Monti (2003) (Italian)
  • Monti's sportsmanship story at the IOC website
  • Olympic.org profile
  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
Summer Olympics
Preceded by
Bruno Alberti
Flag bearer for Italy
1964 Innsbruck
Succeeded by
Clotilde Fasolis
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