From the FIS web site (excerpts)
He passed away in his sleep at home in Milan.
Born April 7, 1919, epeeist and foilist formed by his father, Maestro Giuseppe Mangiarotti (who made him fence left handed even though he was naturally right handed), he was the Italian athlete who won the largest number of Olympic medals competing in Berlin 1936 (1 gold), London 1948 (2 silver, 1 bronze), Helsinki 1952 (2 gold, 2 silver), Melbourne 1956 (2 gold, 1 bronze), and Rome 1960 (1 gold, 1 bronze).
He was at all Olympics from Berlin 1936 until Beijing 2008 as an athlete, journalist/special envoy for Gazzetta dello Sport, FIE Secretary General and FIE representative, Head of delegation of Italian Fencing with CIO accreditation.
FIS President Giorgio Scarso shared the sad news this morning with all athletes competing at the Italian National Championships in Bologna where everyone observed a minute of silence. "Today Italian fencing is an orphan. We all have lost a great athlete, an extraordinary sportsman but also an exceptional point of reference."
"This is the passing of an incredible icon," said Valentina Vezzali, second after Edoardo Mangiarotti in the total number of Olympic medals at the Olympics and World Championships. "Edoardo Mangairotti was alwaus present at each Olympics and I remember his passion in following us from the stand and his final embrace. We'll miss him in London but his memory will be with us. I'm sure that he'll be with me when I'll march in the stadium waving the flag."
"I was very close to him," said ME Olympic champion in Beijing, Matteo Tagliariol. "I remember him in Beijing as one of the first ones to compliment me and embracing me. He told me that he had fun in watching the way I nfence. For me he was the 'grandfather of fencing'. I thought of him as a member of my family and felt very close to him."
"Together with my grandfather they were team mates at the London 1948 Olympics," says Aldo Montano, Athen 2004 Olympic champion. "I like to remember him as a family friend but even more for the way he was following fencing every day, even if today's fencing is quite different from when he was an athlete, with passion, focus, and clear technical insight which every now and then lead him to "give us an earful" but always with constructive criticism. I'll always remember him for his warmes embrace after the victory in Athens."
Christian D'Oriola - Edoardo Mangiarotti video Turin, 1953:
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