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 Gold Medallion Award


The International Swimming Hall of Fame Gold Medallion Award is presented each year to a former competitive swimmer for his or her national or international significant achievements in the field of science, entertainment, art, business, education, or government. There are no restrictions other than the recipient must be an outstanding adult whose life has served as an inspiration for youth.



Presenting the ISHOF Gold Medallion Award Winners...

2008
Giovanni “Nanni” Moretti
Giovanni “Nanni” Moretti (ITA)
Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter & Actor

Nanni Moretti is one of Italy's most original film-makers. Moretti is especially concerned with the political situation in his country, and this concern is reflected in his films. Intensely private, independent and self-sufficient in his way of thinking, he creates moving, incisive, and humorous portraits of life, filtered through a passionate and unique worldview.

Giovanni “Nanni” Moretti was born in Bruneck-Brunico, Italy on the 19th of August, 1953, but spent almost all of his life in Rome, where since his childhood he has devoted himself to his two passions: cinema and water-polo.

He was a member of the Italian Jr. National Water Polo Team and also played in the Italian league. This sporting experience later inspired his film, Palombella Rossa ("palombella," which literally means "little pigeon," refers to a type of water polo lob shot).

In 1973, at the age of 20 years, Nanni sold his stamp collection to buy a super 8mm cinema camera and started making home-made, short films with his friends. In 1976 he directed, in super 8mm, his first full-length film, destined to make him known as a new talent of Italian cinema: Io Sono Un Autarchico ("I am Self-Sufficient").

Moretti’s professional movie-making career started with Ecce Bombo (1978,” Behold the Bumblebee”). This was also his first nation-wide success, and is still a cult-movie favorite for many Italians. After Sogni D'oro (1981, "Sweet Dreams") followed Bianca (1983), La Messa è Finita (1985, "The Mass Is Ended"), and Palombella Rossa (1989), for his newly formed production company, Sacher Films.

He gained an international following with Caro Diario (1993, Dear Diary), for which he won the Best Director award at Cannes. Aprile (1998, “April”), preceded Moretti’s affecting and uncharacteristically somber family drama La Stanza del Figlio, (The Son’s Room), which brought him easily his most prestigious honor, The Golden Palm, at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

His controversial, anti-Berlusconi polemic, Il Caimano (“The Alligator”), released in 2006 has been succeeded as his most recent film by this year’s Caos Calmo (2008, “Quiet Chaos”), in which Moretti co-wrote the screenplay and plays the lead character.

In addition to producing, directing, writing and acting in his own films, for which he has won awards in film festivals held around the world, he also has produced, acted in or written screenplays for other directors, including Padre Padrone (1977), by the Taviani brothers, in Domani Accadrà (1988) and Il Portaborse (1991, "The Yes-Man"), both by Daniele Luchetti, and in La Seconda Volta (1995) by Mimmo Calopresti

Like Spielberg, Scorsese, Tarantino and the world’s other great film makers, Moretti has taught the Cinema Masterclass at Cannes. He is the director of the Turin Film Festival and still lives in Rome, where he is co-owner of a small movie theater, Nuovo Sacher.

But he no longer ventures into the pool for water polo. “Water polo isn’t the sort of game you can play like tennis and football, the sort of game where you can run around slightly more slowly if you are not fit,” he says. “If you are not properly trained in water polo, you just die.”

    Adolph Keifer
2007
Adolph Keifer
Esther Williams
2007
Esther Williams
Julian (Tex) Robertson
2006
Jim Press
Julian (Tex) Robertson
2005
E. Clay Shaw
cirque
2004
Cirque du Soleil "O"
Julian (Tex) Robertson
2003
Julian "Tex" Robertson

 

Dick Pound
2002
Richard W. Pound

Sandra Baldwin
2001
Sandra Baldwin
Gregory J. Bonann
2000
Gregory J. Bonann
Mayor James Whelan
1999
Mayor James Whelan

Rogers B.
1998
Rogers B. "Tiger" Holmes

Paul W. Bucha
1997
Paul W. Bucha

Joao Havelange
1996
Joao Havelange


Buddy Ebsen
1996
Buddy Ebsen


Jim Moran
1995
Jim Moran

Paul Tsongas
1993
Paul Tsongas

Andrew Young
1992
Andrew Young

Donna deVarona
1991
Donna deVarona

Dr. James E. Counsilman
1990
Dr. James E. Counsilman

Fred M. Kirby III
1989
Fred M. Kirby II

Ronald Reagan
1988
Ronald Reagan

Willard Garvey
1987
Willard Garvey

Captain David McCampbell
1986
Captain David McCampbell

William E. Simon
1985
William E. Simon

Art Linkletter
1984
Art Linkletter

Barry Goldwater
1983
Barry Goldwater


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