d'Oriola, Christian

▪ French athlete
born Oct. 3, 1928, Perpignan, France
died Oct. 29, 2007, Nîmes
 French foil fencer who between 1947 and 1956 won four world titles and six Olympic medals, cementing his stature as one of the great fencers in the history of the sport.

      D'Oriola was born to a sporting family—a cousin won two Olympic gold medals in equestrian jumping—and began fencing when he was eight years old. In 1947 he won the world foil championship in Lisbon in his debut in international competition. He won three more world foil titles in 1949, 1953, and 1954. D'Oriola enjoyed similar success in the Olympics, taking the silver medal in the individual foil competition at the 1948 Games in London and the gold in that same event at the 1952 Games in Helsinki, Fin., and the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia. A brilliant technician with exceptional timing and awareness, d'Oriola joined Nedo Nadi as the only two-time gold medalists in the individual foil event. In the team foil competition d'Oriola led France to the gold medal in 1948 and 1952. At the Helsinki Games, he won all 10 matches in the team event, and in 1956 he beat all four members of the Italian squad, although France finished with the silver medal. D'Oriola's last Olympic appearance was the 1960 Games in Rome, where he failed to earn a medal. He was named “Fencer of the 20th Century” by the International Fencing Federation in 2001.

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