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Antonio Rossi is a triple gold medal-winning canoeist who represented Italy at five Olympic Games and was the flag-bearer at Beijing 2008. He won his double gold at the Atlanta Games, following this up with a further gold in Sydney four years later. He was also a triple world champion.

Rossi was ten when he first started canoeing but he made an inauspicious start, coming last in every competition he took part in. However he became one of the greatest canoers in his country’s history.
Competing in five Summer Olympics, he won five medals which included three golds (K-1 500 m: 1996, K-2 1000 m: 1996, 2000), one silver (K-2 1000 m: 2004), and one bronze (K-2 500 m: 1992).
Rossi has also been successful at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with seven medals. This includes three golds (K-2 1000 m: 1995, 1997, 1998), three silvers (K-2 1000 m: 1993, 1994; K-4 200 m: 1998), and one bronze (K-1 500 m: 1997). 
He was the Italian flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.