Francesca Piccinini is a female volleyball player who has represented Italy four times at the Summer Olympics. She was a member of the Women's National Team that won the gold medal at the 2002 World Championship in Germany. She made her debut for Italy on 1995-06-10 against the United States. She was inspired to become a professional volleyball player by the classic anime Attack No. 1 which in Italy was shown on TV in the 1980s under the title 'Mimi e la nazionale della pallavolo'. In 2004 she appeared naked in a calendar published by the Italian magazine Men's Health. Playing professionally with the Italian club Volley Bergamo, she won the Most Valuable Player" award when her team won the 2009���10 CEV Indesit Champions League title.