Rossella Fiamingo: Italian Fencer World Champion and Olympic silver medalist talks about her Success Story


Rossella Fiamingo is an Italian left-handed épée fencer and two-time individual world champion. A three-time Olympian, Fiamingo is a 2021 team Olympic bronze medalist and 2016 individual Olympic silver medalist.

Fiamingo did ballet and rhythmic gymnastics as a child. She took up fencing when she was seven at the instigation of her father, who already drove her brother to a nearby fencing school, AS Methodos Catania. She was taught by Gianni Sperlinga, who remains her personal coach as of today. In 2004, she was selected into the cadet Italian national team. She won the 2007 Cadet European Championships in Novi Sad, then the 2008 Cadet World Championships at home, in Acireale. She earned both the individual and team gold medals in 2009 and 2010 at the Junior European Championships, then she won the 2010 European U23 Championships in Gdańsk.

Fiamingo joined the national senior team in the 2010–11 season. At the 2011 European Championships in Sheffield she reached the quarter-finals, where she was defeated by teammate Nathalie Moellhausen. The next season she climbed her first World Cup podium with a bronze medal in Doha, followed by a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.

In the 2013–14 season Fiamingo won the World Championships, defeating along the way Olympic champions Yana Shemyakina and Britta Heidemann. Rossella Fiamingo (ITA) won again women’s individual épée at the 2015 world championships in Moscow to become the first woman to win back-to-back world titles in this event since Laura Flessel-Colovic (FRA) in 1998–1999. Fiamingo joined Flessel-Colovic (1998 and 1999) and Mariann Horvath (HUN, 1991 and 1992) as the only women with multiple world titles in this event. This was the third gold medal for Italy in this event, equaling France and Hungary on most wins. She in the 2014–2015 season also won the world cup. Fiamingo has a degree in pianoforte and studies nutrition at the University of Catania.

She won the silver medal in the women’s épée event at the 2022 European Fencing Championships held in Antalya, Turkey. She won one of the bronze medals in the women’s épée event at the 2022 World Fencing Championships held in Cairo, Egypt.

Medal record and Achievements

Olympic Games:

2016Brazil Rio de Janeiro, BrazilIndividual Women’s Épée2nd
2021Japan Tokyo, JapanTeam Women’s Épée3rd

World Championship:

2011Italy Catania, ItalyTeam Women’s Épée3rd
2014Russia Kazan, RussiaIndividual Women’s Épée1st
2014Russia Kazan, RussiaTeam Women’s Épée3rd
2015Russia Moscow, RussiaIndividual Women’s Épée1st
2019Hungary Budapest, HungaryTeam Women’s Épée3rd
2022Egypt Cairo, EgyptIndividual Women’s Épée3rd
2022Egypt Cairo, EgyptTeam Women’s Épée2nd

European Championship:

2014France Strasbourg, FranceTeam Women’s Épée3rd
2015Switzerland Montreux, SwitzerlanIndividual Women’s Épée 2nd
2015Switzerland Montreux, SwitzerlandTeam Women’s Épée3rd
2019Germany Düsseldorf, GermanyTeam Women’s Épée3rd
2022Turkey Antalya, TurkeyIndividual Women’s Épée2nd
2022Turkey Antalya, TurkeyTeam Women’s Épée2nd

Grand Prix:

2012-05-19Cuba Havana, CubaIndividual Women’s Épée3rd
2014-02-01Hungary Budapest, HungaryIndividual Women’s Épée3rd
2017-03-24Hungary Budapest, HungaryIndividual Women’s Épée1st

World Cup:

2011-02-12Qatar Doha, QatarIndividual Women’s Épée2nd
2012-02-11Qatar Doha, QatarIndividual Women’s Épée3rd
2012-05-04Brazil Rio de Janeiro, BrazilIndividual Women’s Épée1st
2014-02-28France Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, FranceIndividual Women’s Épée2nd
2019-03-22China Chengdu, ChinaIndividual Women’s Épée2nd

Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with, Rossella Fiamingo, an exceptionally talented Italian Fencer, World Champion and Olympic silver medalist here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, and her success story.

Namita Nayyar:

You were born in Catania, Italy. You began fencing at the age of seven at the instigation of your father, you were taught by Gianni Sperlinga, who remains your personal coach as of today. You won the 2007 Cadet European Championships in Novi Sad. This later propelled your career to the height where in 2016 you won individual Olympic silver medal in the event épée fencing. Tell us more about your professional journey of exceptional hard work, tenacity, and endurance.

Rossella Fiamingo:

The career of an athlete is long, steep, sometimes troubled but also full of satisfaction. Since I was a child I have thought in small steps. To dream big I keeping my feet on the ground and started with small goals. My first goal was a provincial competition and after 14 years of training I faced my first Olympics in London. I was the youngest Italian fencer and I was already very ambitious! In London I made a dream come true, taking part in the first Olympics.

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