Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian president receives Olympic athletes

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 19 - Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano recieved medal-winning athletes from the Olympic and
Paralympic teams at the presidential palace in Rome on
Wednesday.
Complimenting the returning athletes, the Italian president
said, "even if we tend to speak badly of ourselves, when we want
we can excell more than we even believe we can".
Speaking to the athletes from the Paralympic teams,
Napolitano said that their performance was a "great life lesson
and reason for pride".
Italy won eight gold medals, nine silvers and 11 bronzes
for an overall total of 28, one more than the team achieved in
Beijing in 2008 and well over the minimum target set by Gianni
Petrucci, the head of the Italian Olympic Committee.
Paralympic athletes brought home nine golds, eight silvers
and 11 bronzes for an overall total of 28.

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