Giuseppe Maddaloni, who goes by the name of Pino, was born in Naples on 10 July 1976. He is the oldest of Gianni Maddaloni’s three children, the others being Pino and Laura. Together the family forms a veritable institution in the world of judo, and Pino is one of Italy’s most successful competitors. He began learning the fundamentals of judo at the age of two, under the stewardship of his father, and showed from the outset that he had the makings of a champion. It was at senior level that Pino reached his peak, winning a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, in the under-73kg category, as well as two golds, two silvers and two bronze medals at European level between 1998 and 2008, in addition to a range of national and international titles. After his competitive career came to an end, he served as coach of Italy’s national team between 2013 and 2015, when he resigned just days before the world championships due to a clash with the federation’s leadership. In 2011 he was coach of Italy’s Paralympic judo team. Following in the footsteps of his father, Pino has also got involved in the sporting and social work done by the Star Judo Club, a leading light for sport and anti-crime values. His story, both in and out of sport, and that of his father were the inspiration of the TV film L’oro di Scampia (The Gold of Scampia) which was broadcast by Rai in 2014, starring Beppe Fiorello. Pino is a true model of inspiration for the disadvantaged Neapolitan neighbourhood. Multi-talented like few others, he has always been willing to take on new challenges. His most recent began in May 2017, when he qualified as an international referee, through a new course set up by the International Judo Federation for high-level athletes. Today he referees across the world and is the only Italian to be an IJF Supervisor, showing that, whatever outfit he dons, he still feels like a judoka.