Daniele Molmenti (ITA)

Daniele Molmenti (ITA)

Canoe Slalom
Date of birth
01 August 1984
171 cm
69 kg
Marital status
Wife Eleonora, son Martino
Pordenone, ITA
Athlete, Coach, Director, Motivational Speaker
English, Italian
Higher education


General Interest

Calimero, Cali (caffenews.it, 14 Sep 2012)
Watching motorcycle sports on TV. (dotsport.it, 26 May 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal on his birthday at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (dotsport.it, 26 May 2015; enervitsport.com, 2015)
Hero / Idol
British motorbike racer Carl Fogarty and Australian motorbike racer Troy Bayliss. (dotsport.it, 26 May 2015)
He broke a vertebra in a motorbike accident in 2007. (Athlete, 09 Apr 2008)

He dislocated his right shoulder in 2004. (Athlete, 23 Sep 2005)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Train to be healthy, race to be the best." (Athlete, 19 Sep 2005)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he was named a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. (danielemolmenti.it, 01 Feb 2016)

He was selected as the flag bearer for Italy during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (dotsport.it, 26 May 2015)

He received the 2011 Collare d'Oro [Golden Necklace] from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI], (danielemolmenti.it, 01 Feb 2016)

In 2007 he received the Athletic Valour Medal from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI]. (Athlete, 09 Apr 2008)
Famous relatives
His grandfather Ettore Molmenti was an Italian champion in gymnastics. (Athlete, 19 Sep 2005)
Other information
In 2007 he had a serious crash on his motorbike, falling seven metres from a mountain road into an empty river. Remarkably, he only broke a vertebra and was in hospital for just four days. After two months rest, he started work in the swimming pool, and after 90 days he started paddling again. "The subsequent season was hard, but also my best." Due to family commitments he later decided not to ride motorbikes and follow it instead on television. (Athlete, 01 Apr 2008; dotsport.it, 26 May 2015)

In early 2016 he had an encounter with a venomous snake while competing in Sydney, NSW, Australia. "I was paddling in a turbulent zone when I heard screams from the shore, telling me to move away. I stopped immediately and then I saw a snake of about one-and-a-half metres that was over the waves, near the place I was soon supposed to be." The snake was a brown snake, considered the second-most venomous snake in the world. (gazzetta.it, 19 Jan 2016)

He is the managing director of a recreation company called SSD Golden Eagle. The company offers canoe courses for both amateurs and professionals all year round. He is also a member part of 'La Squadra della Speranza' [the Team of Hope], alongside other Italian athletes, that give motivational encounters to people in need. He is a partner in the 'Molmenti-Celot' wine making company in his home region of Friuli, Italy. (molmentiecelot.net, 2015; Facebook profile, 09 Apr 2016; SSD Golden Eagle Arl's Facebook page, 08 Apr 2016; danielemolmenti.it, 01 Feb 2016)

His canoe is coloured in 'Ducati red' due to his passion for motorbikes. (dotsport.it, 26 May 2015; tuttopordenone.com, 29 Apr 2015)

International Debut

Competing for
World Cup

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began paddling in 1995 with Gruppo Kayak Canoa Cordenons in Pordenone, Italy.
Why this sport?
"It was love at first sight. At first it was swimming and the gym but after being outdoors I realised that this was my world."
Club / Team
GS Forestale: Italy
Name of coach
Pierpaolo Ferrazzi [personal], ITA, from 2007


World CupK14 July 20102010Men1Best result
World CupK13 August 20092009Men2Best result
World CupK12 September 20122012Men26
World CupK113 August 20112011Men3
World CupK125 July 20042004Men11
World CupK111 June 20062006Men8
World CupK124 July 20052005Men2Best result
World CupK16 July 20082008Men176
World CupK125 August 20132013Men46
Olympic GamesK1England, London1 August 20122012Men93.431Best result
Olympic GamesK1China, Beijing12 August 20082008Men230.9310
World ChampionshipsK1England, London20 September 20152015Men94.416Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamEngland, London20 September 20152015Men122.4812
World ChampionshipsK1Czech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men102.1222
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men109.601Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men99.634Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men112.443Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Slovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men91.001Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men103.553Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell13 September 20092009Men145.8517
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 September 20092009Men109.229
World ChampionshipsK1Brazil, Foz do Iguaçu22 September 20072007Men191.035Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamBrazil, Foz do Iguaçu21 September 20072007Men266.6215
World ChampionshipsK1Czech Republic, Prague5 August 20062006Men34
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague4 August 20062006Men229.522Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith2 October 20052005Men209.636Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamAustralia, Penrith3 October 20052005Men222.082Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Germany, Augsburg27 July 20032003Men50
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamGermany, Augsburg27 July 20032003Men220.865Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš14 May 20162016Men99.0925Latest result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš14 May 20162016Men172.539Latest result
European ChampionshipsK1Germany, Markkleeberg30 May 20152015Men94.144
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamGermany, Markkleeberg30 May 20152015Men109.813Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Austria, Vienna31 May 20142014Men86.855
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamAustria, Vienna31 May 20142014Men150.3514
European ChampionshipsK1Poland, Kraków8 June 20132013Men84.827
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamPoland, Kraków8 June 20132013Men103.938
European ChampionshipsK1Germany, Augsburg12 May 20122012Men93.201Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamGermany, Augsburg12 May 20122012Men161.617
European ChampionshipsK1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men93.931Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men108.324
European ChampionshipsC2 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell11 June 20112011Men134.465
European ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Cunovo15 August 20102010Men98.028
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Cunovo14 August 20102010Men12
European ChampionshipsK1England, Nottingham31 May 20092009Men92.491Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamEngland, Nottingham30 May 20092009Men9
European ChampionshipsK1Poland, Kraków11 May 20082008Men181.762Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamPoland, Kraków9 May 20082008Men207.282Best result
European ChampionshipsK1France, L'Argentière-la-Bessée2 July 20062006Men214.717
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamFrance, L'Argentière-la-Bessée1 July 20062006Men250.258
European ChampionshipsK1Slovenia, Tacen26 June 20052005Men192.147
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen25 June 20052005Men213.753Best result
European ChampionshipsK1FYR Macedonia, Skopje6 June 20042004Men192.163Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith, NSW26 February 20122012Men89.871Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith21 February 20102010Men97.631Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1New Zealand, Levin1 February 20092009Men89.202Best result
Pan American ChampionshipsK1Canada, Kananaskis3 August 20092009Men97.091Best result
World CupK111 September 20162016Men36Latest result
World CupK116 August 20152015Men19
World CupK117 August 20142014Men31