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Olympic medal record Competitor for  Italy Men's Greco-Roman wrestling Gold 1984 Los Angeles Light Flyweight Gold 1988 Seoul Light Flyweight Silver 1992 Barcelona Light Flyweight Vincenzo Maenza (born May 2, 1962 in Imola, Bologna, Italy) was an Italian Greco-Roman wrestler. He won two gold medals and a silver medal at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. Contents 1 Career 2 Athletic achievements 3 Quotes 4 Trivia 5 External links // Career Nicknamed "Pollicino" (Thumbelin) for his small size, actually Vincenzo Maenza is considered the best wrestler in the Italian history; in fact, he is the first and only Italian wrestler who has won three Olympic medals, and he was also the first and only who was able to win two gold medals. When was a child, Vincenzo weighed only 60 lbs and was affected by scoliosis. He started to wrestle at 12 years old at the CISA AUDAX wrestling club in Faenza. He began to compete in 1976. Soon he became National Champion several times and in 1979 won the silver medal at the Mediterranean Games in Split. The next year he competed in the Summer Olympics in Moscow and placed 7th. After he won the bronze medal at Junior European Championship and the gold medal at the Junior World Championship, in 1984 Vincenzo became Olympic champion for the first time at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In the final, he defeated German wrestler Mark Scherer in 1:59 with an awesome 12-0 score. The 1987 was a golden year for the Italian wrestler: in fact, he became European Champion and silver medalist at World Championship. A year later, at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, Vincenzo won the gold medal for the second time, after defeated the strong Bulgarian wrestler Bratan Tzenov in the semifinal match and Andrzej Glab of Poland in the final match. In 1992, at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, he arrived at the final match and won the silver medal, after was defeated by the Russian wrestler Oleg Kucherenko, who was ten years younger than him. At the end of his career, Vincenzo Maenza's awards include: 3 Olympic Medals (two golds and one silver), 1 time European champion and 2 times bronze medalist, 1 time silver medalist and 2 times bronze medalist at the World Championships, 2 times gold medalist and 1 time bronze medalist at the Mediterranean Games. In 2005, Vincenzo Maenza was inducted in the Fila International Wrestling Hall Of Fame. Today, Vincenzo lives in Faenza with his family. Athletic achievements 1978 - 2nd at MEC Tournament in Holland 1979 - Mediterranean Games (Split) silver medalist 1981 - European Championship (Bursa) bronze medalist 1982 - World Championship (Caracas) gold medalist 1983 - Mediterranean Games (Casablanca) gold medalist 1984 - Summer Olympic Games (Los Angeles) gold medalist 1984 - 1st at CEE Athens Cup 1984 - European Championship (Sweden) bronze medalist 1985 - World Super Championship (Tokyo) gold medalist 1986 - European Championship (Athens) bronze medalist 1987 - European Championship (Tampere) gold medalist 1987 - Mediterranean Games (Syria) gold medalist 1987 - World Championship (France) silver medalist 1988 - Summer Olympic Games (Seoul) gold medalist 1989 - 2nd at World Festival (Colorado) 1991 - Mediterranean Games bronze medalist 1992 - Summer Olympic Games (Barcelona) silver medalist Medal of Honor and Sport Merit Quotes He said about wrestling: “ ...because all the other sports, like soccer, are played for pleasure. Wrestling not. Or love it, or hate it. Wrestling needs a superhuman conviction to do well and succeed. Of motivations that are inside you[...] it's your challenge against your disquiet, against your nightmares, against your inside enemy. ” Trivia Vincenzo loves music; his favourite singers are Edoardo Bennato and Barbra Streisand. He likes Sylvester Stallone's films. His favourite soccer team is Juventus F.C.. He likes to read comic books. External links Profile in the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame Persondata Name Maenza, Vincenzo Alternative names Short description Date of birth 1962 Place of birth Date of death Place of death