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BRAGLIA Alberto
BRAGLIA Alberto

Alberto BRAGLIA

  • G 3
  • S 0
  • B 0

The Human Torpedo

Gymnast Alberto Braglia of Italy, trained on his own in a barn until he was twelve years old. He competed in the 1906 Intercalated Games and then earned the gold medal in the all-around event at the 1908 Olympics in London. Following the Games, Braglia found it difficult to earn a living and took to performing as "The Human Torpedo". He also broke a shoulder and some ribs and suffered a nervous breakdown when his four-year-old son died. Because of his public performances, Braglia was declared a professional and was expelled from the Italian national gymnastics federation. However, he regained his amateur status in time for the 1912 Olympics and successfully defended his Olympic championship. He won a third gold medal in the 1912 team competition. Afterwards he became a popular circus performer. In 1932 Braglia coached the Italian gymnastics team to a surprise victory at the Los Angeles Olympics.


Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 265.75 P.
    Gymnastics
    team competition men
    G 135.00 P.
    Gymnastics
    individual all-round men
  • G 317 P.
    Gymnastics
    individual all-round men


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