He got used to the highest position on the podium. Whether on the sand or the court, he made winning a common habit for fans, helping to propel volleyball on the world circuit. Legacy that became immortal this Saturday. At a ceremony held in Holyoke in the United States, beach volleyball player, Ricardo, and former volleyball players, Serginho Escadinha and Giovan Gavio, were honored on another stage, the Hall of Fame, one of the sport’s greatest honors in the world. is one of. . All three were selected to join the select group of Class 2021.
Giovane and Ricciardo were honored at a ceremony at the Volleyball Hall of Fame – Photo: Reproduction
Brazilians were initially named in a list of 25 names. In the final, he surpassed other representatives of the country, such as Bernardinho and Fernanda Venturini. The owner of the first Olympic gold medal in Brazil among men in beach volleyball at the Athens Games in 2004, Ricciardo praised the achievement of his new career, congratulated the other winners and thanked those who lived their lives on and off the courts. take place in.
– I want to thank the Hall of Fame for giving me such a special moment in my life. Thank God for being healthy enough to experience today. My family, to always be my stronghold. My teammates, coaches, especially my cousin Paulo, who introduced me to the sport that became my life.
Moved, Emanuel’s former teammate also praised the partnership he had with other Brazilian multi-champion, as well as other names in the sport, such as José Loyola, lvaro Filho, Paulo Emilio, Roberto Lopes, and the classified Ze Marco, with whom He worked in the campaign for silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the biggest he has ever seen.
– In 1994 Paulo invited me to attend his training, and in 1995 I began my career as a professional athlete on the Brazilian circuit with Everaldo. But it was in 1998 that I really got my first major world title, with Jose Marco, winning a stage. We had to play the qualifying phase till we reached the title. There were 13 games over five days of competition in Rio. Later, our team won 11 tournaments as a team, winning the 2000 season on the world circuit and the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Zee Marco was the best athlete I had seen playing.
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Serginho, who celebrated the age of 46 this Friday, was not present at the ceremony in the US, but he was also represented by his former teammate Giovanni. This week, the two-time Olympic champions (Barcelona 1992 and Athens 2004) celebrated the 19th anniversary of the team’s first world title that will mark a generation in the sport.
Brazil is the second country with more representatives in the Volleyball Hall of Fame, losing only to the United States. Ricciardo, Serginho and Giovan joined big names such as Bernard, Mauricio, Giba, Nalbert, Fofao, Ana Moser and Rennan. Apart from the three Brazilians, Taisamari Aguero, Sergei Tetukhin, Clay Stanley, Logan Tom, Todd Rogers and Andre Meyer are also part of the 2021 class.