One of the drawbacks about being an attractive fencer is that you don't get to capitalize on your looks in competition, thanks to that protective face gear. But that hasn't stopped the lovely Italian fencing champion Valentina Vezzali from putting her best face forward outside of competition.
Valentina Vezzali competed in every Olympiad from 1996 through 2012. A specialist in foil, she's won the Olympic gold medal in women's individual and team foil three times each, for a total of six gold medals. She and her Italian squad won the team foil gold in Atlanta (1996) and London (2012), and she won the individual foil gold in Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008). The 2000 Olympics in Sydney mark the only time she's won both individual and foil fencing gold medals in the same Olympiad.
On the side, she won an individual foil silver medal in Atlanta and two bronze medals, one for team foil (Beijing, 2008) and another for individual foil (London, 2012).
So she obviously has a lot to smile about.
Not to mention many reasons to flaunt her beauty. :-D
Valentina Vezzali is married to Italian soccer player Domenico Giugliano, and they have a son, Pietro. She put out her autobiography, provocatively titled "With Uncovered Face," in 2006.