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Arianna Fontana


SportShort Track
Born14 Apr 1990 in Sondrio 
FamilyHusband Anthony Lobello
ResidenceBerbenno, ITA
LanguagesEnglish, Italian
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 42.569 13 Feb 2018 Gangneung  
    1000m 1:29.156 22 Feb 2018 Gangneung  
    1500m 2:15.753 12 Nov 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 5:01.187 11 Mar 2012 Shanghai  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
    500m 1 1 1  
    1000m     1  
    1500m     1  
    3000m Relay   1 2  
World Championships
World Championships
    500m   3 1  
    1000m   1 1  
    1500m 1      
    3000m Relay     3  
    Overall   1 2  
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    2000m Relay   1    
    3000m Relay 1      
European Championships
European Championships
    500m   1    
    1000m 1      
    1500m 1      
    3000m Relay 3 2 2  
    Overall 7 2 1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamGS Fiamme Gialle: Predazzo, ITA  
Reason for choosing this sportShe followed her older brother Alessandro into the sport. He had started skating a year before her. "I liked winning as a child."  
Name of coachAnthony Lobello Jr, USA  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began inline skating at age four in Sondrio, Italy, and took up short track in Valmalenco, Italy.  
General Interest
General Interest
Awards and honoursShe was named Best Female Athlete of the Olympic Winter Games at the 2018 Association of National Olympic Committees [ANOC] awards. (, 2018; FISG, 09 Oct 2019)

She was flag bearer for Italy at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. She had performed the same role at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Games in Sochi. (, 10 Feb 2018;, 22 Oct 2017)

She was made a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2006. (, 2006)
Other informationLANDMARKS
At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang she became the most decorated female athlete in short track at the Olympic Winter Games after she won gold [500m], silver [3000m relay] and bronze [1000m] to bring her overall tally to eight medals. She also became the first Italian female skater to win an individual Olympic medal in short track when she claimed bronze in the 500m at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and became the youngest Italian to win an Olympic Winter Games medal when she was part of the team that finished third in the 3000m relay at the 2006 Games in Turin. (, 05 Apr 2018;, 24 Feb 2018; Emporio Armani Twitter page, 22 Feb 2018;, 13 Feb 2012;, 24 Feb 2006)

After becoming the most decorated female athlete in short track at the Olympic Winter Games at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, she took some time away from the sport to consider whether she wanted to retire. Her total of eight Winter Olympic medals puts her level with Russian short track skater Victor An and US short track skater Apolo Anton Ohno as the most successful athlete in the sport, and she was motivated to go continue through to the 2022 Games in Beijing by the chance to become the first short track skater, male or female, to win nine medals at the Olympic Winter Games. "One more medal and I can become the most decorated short track athlete in Olympic Winter Games history in both the men's and women's disciplines." (, 29 May 2018)

She did not compete for a significant part of the 2015/16 season. "I was pretty tired mentally. My body was ready to race again but my mind was not. It was hard for me. After the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi I had some doubts about whether to keep skating or not. Maybe it would have been better to take that year right after the Olympic Games off, but I decided to keep going. It is not that I regret it but I had some hard times that season. So I was like, it is better that I really take a step back so I can just focus on myself, my family and friends and spend some time with them." (, 24 Feb 2018;, 10 Jan 2017)
Most influential person in careerHer husband Anthony, and Bulgarian short track skater Evgenia Radanova. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Believe in more. Find more inspiration. Your biggest obstacles are internal. Dig deep to dig them out." (FISG, 09 Oct 2019)  
Famous relativesHer husband Anthony Lobello has competed in short track at the Olympic Winter Games. He represented the United States of America at the 2006 Games in Turin, and skated for Italy at the 2014 Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Feb 2017; Athlete, 01 Feb 2017)  
NicknamesAry, Freccia Bionda [Blond Arrow], Angelo Biondo [Blond Angel]. (Instagram profile, 01 Feb 2017;, 15 Jan 2017;, 30 Nov 2016)  
HobbiesShopping, movies, music, reading, animals, collecting shoes. (, 01 May 2017)  
InjuriesAt age 12 she broke her ankle and was unable to skate for three months. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)  
Hero / IdolItalian motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)  
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, and to get involved in politics after she retires. (, 29 May 2018;, 04 Mar 2018)  
Memorable sporting achievementBeing a member of the Milano/Cortina 2026 Olympic Candidature Team, and winning eight Olympic medals including gold in the 500m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (FISG, 09 Oct 2019)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2016/2017 European Championships 1500m1  
    2011/2012 European Championships Overall1  
    2007/2008 European Championships Overall1  
    2008/2009 European Championships Overall1  
    2010/2011 European Championships Overall1  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1500m1  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m1  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1000m1  
    2012/2013 European Championships Overall1  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall1  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall1  
    2005/2006 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2008/2009 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2016/2017 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 World Championships 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1000m2  
    2009/2010 European Championships Overall2  
    2006/2007 World Championships 500m2  
    2005/2006 European Championships Overall2  
    2014/2015 World Championships Overall2  
    2011/2012 World Championships 500m2  
    2018 Olympic Games 3000m Relay2  
    2014 Olympic Games 500m2  
    2017/2018 European Championships 500m2  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay2  
    2011/2012 European Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2006/2007 European Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2010/2011 World Championships Overall3  
    2011/2012 World Championships Overall3  
    2010 Olympic Games 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2013/2014 European Championships Overall3  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m3  
    2014 Olympic Games 3000m Relay3  
    2013/2014 World Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2014/2015 World Championships 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1000m3  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m3  
    2010/2011 European Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2005/2006 World Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2006 Olympic Games 3000m Relay3  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships Overall4  
    2016/2017 European Championships 500m4  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships Overall4  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1500m4  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m4  
    2014/2015 European Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m4  
    2014/2015 European Championships Overall4  
    2006/2007 World Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2007/2008 World Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2017/2018 World Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2006/2007 World Championships Overall5  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1000m5  
    2008/2009 World Junior Championships Overall5  
    2017/2018 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1000m5  
    2013/2014 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2012/2013 World Championships 500m5  
    2015/2016 World Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2010/2011 World Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2008/2009 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2008/2009 World Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2009/2010 World Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2011/2012 World Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2012/2013 World Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2006/2007 World Championships 1000m6  
    2006 Olympic Games 1000m6  
    2013/2014 World Championships 500m6  
    2007/2008 European Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2010 Olympic Games 3000m Relay6  
    2009/2010 World Championships 500m7  
    2008/2009 World Championships 1000m7  
    2006/2007 European Championships Overall7  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1500m7  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m7  
    2009/2010 European Championships 3000m Relay7  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay7  
    2012/2013 European Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2013/2014 World Championships Overall9  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1000m9  
    2010 Olympic Games 1500m9  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1500m9  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall9  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1000m10  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1500m10  
    2007/2008 World Championships Overall10  
    2007/2008 World Championships 500m10  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1000m10  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m10  
    2012/2013 World Championships Overall10  
    2006/2007 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay10  
    2006/2007 World Junior Championships Overall11  
    2008/2009 World Championships Overall11  
    2009/2010 World Championships Overall11  
    2005/2006 World Championships 500m11  
    2007/2008 World Championships 1500m11  
    2006 Olympic Games 500m11  
    2007/2008 World Championships 1000m12  
    2010 Olympic Games 1000m12  
    2008/2009 World Championships 1500m14  
    2006/2007 World Championships 1500m14  
    2005/2006 World Championships Overall15  
    2005/2006 World Championships 1500m15  
    2004/2005 World Junior Championships Overall16  
    2008/2009 World Championships 500m16  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m16  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1500m19  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m21  
    2005/2006 World Championships 1000m25  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Dordrecht 500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Nagoya 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Shanghai 500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Saguenay, QC 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Saguenay, QC 500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Nagoya 500m1  
    2015/2016 Dresden 3000m Relay1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Montreal, QC 500m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Dordrecht 3000m Relay1  
    2014/2015 Dresden 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Kolomna 1000m1  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m1  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Nagoya 3000m Relay1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m Relay1  
    2006/2007 World Cup 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Moscow 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Quebec, QC 500m2  
    2008/2009 Dresden 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Montreal, QC 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Quebec, QC 1000m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Sofia 500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Montreal, QC 1500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Turin 500m2  
    2016/2017 Minsk 500m2  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m2  
    2016/2017 Dresden 3000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 Minsk 3000m Relay2  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Sochi 500m2  
    2014/2015 Dresden 3000m Relay2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Montreal, QC 3000m Relay2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Sochi 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Budapest 500m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Sofia 3000m Relay2  
    2008/2009 Dresden 3000m Relay2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m Relay2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Kobe 3000m Relay2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Turin 3000m Relay2  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2008/2009 Dresden 500m3  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Kolomna 3000m Relay3  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 3000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Turin 3000m Relay3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Seoul 500m3  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Shanghai 3000m Relay3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow 3000m Relay3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Beijing 3000m Relay3  
    2005/2006 World Cup Bormio 3000m Relay3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Budapest 3000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Shanghai 3000m Relay3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Shanghai 3000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Sochi 3000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m4  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m4  
    2010/2011 Dresden 500m4  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 3000m Relay4  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m5  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m5  
    2016/2017 Dresden 500m5  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay5  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m5  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 3000m Relay5  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 500m5  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m5  
    2012/2013 Dresden 3000m Relay5  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m6  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m6  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m6  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m6  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 3000m Relay6  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay6  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m6  
    2010/2011 Dresden 3000m Relay6  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m7  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 500m7  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1500m7  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1000m7  
    2012/2013 Dresden 500m7  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m7  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1000m9  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1500m9  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m10  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m10  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1000m12  
    2010/2011 Dresden 500m12  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m12  
    2005/2006 World Cup 500m13  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m13  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m14  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m16  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m17  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m18  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m18  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m20  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m20  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m20  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1500m27  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m28  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m32  
    2005/2006 World Cup Overall33  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m34  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m40  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1500m41  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1500m52  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1000m57  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m63