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GOLDEN NINETIES: At 90 years old, Ottavio Missoni still carries a lot of weight in the fashion business. He also throws it: At the Italian track and field championship in Cosenza, Italy, held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, the designer won a gold medal in both the shot put and the javelin, and a silver medal in the discus, all in the over-90 age category.

Missoni, whose autobiography came out earlier this year, was an athlete from an early age, and credits self-discipline for his success on and off the track.

This story first appeared in the October 5, 2011 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.