Paola Pezzo was born on 8 January 1969 in Bosco Chiesanuova, Italy, and has enjoyed an illustrious career as a cross-country mountain bike racer.
Pezzo, who now lives in Verona, Italy, won the female World Mountain Bike Championship title in both 1993 and 1997. In 1996 in Atlanta, she won the Olympic gold medal in mountain biking, when the event made its debut. She retained her title 4 years later by winning gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. In 1997 she won the Grundig World Cup crown.
It was not only her performance on the bike that won over the hearts of many male fans. She quickly became famous for her incredibly tight, shiny lycra that she wore. Paola, we salute you.
Gran Fondo Paola Pezzo
Sydney Olympic Gold
Atlanta Olympic Gold