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Aldo Montano
Aldo Montano Italy

  • Country: Italy
  • Sport: Fencing
  • Height: 6'1" / 1.85m
  • Weight: 176 lbs / 79.8 kg
  • Born: 11/18/1978
  • Career Highlights: Montano is a part of Olympic royalty, as his father - also named Aldo - and grandfather similarly competed in saber for Italy and combined to win four medals in team competition. Three of his father's cousins were also Olympic medalists. Montano joined the family tradition by taking individual gold in Athens in 2004, rallying from a 5-1 deficit in the title bout against Hungary's Zsolt Nemcsik to win 15-14 in a match watched by then-Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. The individual gold was the first by an Italian fencer since 1924. Montano was unable to follow up on his Athens performance in Beijing, getting upset in the round of 16. Although he has been criticized at times for inconsistent dedication to his sport, he won his first individual world championship in 2011 in his native country and, at age 33, will head into London again regarded as a favorite. Montano's Athens success made him a national celebrity in Italy, and he appeared in a reality show called "La Fattoria," or "The Farm."
  • Previous Olympics: 2008,2004
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