Massimiliano Rosolino

Massimiliano Rosolino was born in Naples on 11 July 1978 to an Italian father and an Australian mother. He competed in four Olympic Games and has 60 international medals (the last of which came at the 2008 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Croatia). Rosolino won the gold medal in the 200 metres butterfly at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, in addition to picking up the silver in the 400 metres freestyle and the bronze in the 200 metres freestyle at the same event. He won the bronze in the 4x200 metres freestyle relay at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, having trained in Melbourne for two years, with Ian Pope replacing his long-term mentor Riccardo Siniscalco as coach. Rosolino won the gold medal in the 200 metres butterfly and the silver medal in the 4x200 metres relay at the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka. He is the only swimmer to have been the Olympic, World and European champion in the same specialism (200 metres butterfly) at the same time. His personal bests are 01:46.60 in the 200 metre freestyle, 03:43.40 in the 400 metres freestyle and 01:58.98 in the 200 metres butterfly. He was the only Italian swimmer to make it onto the podium at the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona, finishing third in the 200 metres butterfly behind Michael Phelps and Ian Thorpe. Having retired eight years ago, he is now a keen triathlete, as well as serving as an ambassador for various brands and the Italian Swimming Association. He has two daughters, Sofia and Vitoria, with Russian dancer Natalia Titova, who he met while competing on the Italian version of Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars).