Road to Rio

Ricardo Santos
Beach volleyball Brazil

Ricardo Santos

Gold medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, silver at Sydney 2000 and bronze at Beijing 2008 World champion in 2003
Full name: Ricardo Alex Costa Santos Date and place of birth: 6 January 1975, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Height: 2m Weight: 102kg

Trivia

Besides beach volleyball Santos does jiu-jitsu, boxing and tennis in his spare time He is known as the ‘Block Machine’ due to his blocking ability
He started playing at the age of 19 influenced by his cousin, Paulão, in Salvador Like father, like son At the age of 17, Pedro, his eldest son, is embarking upon a career in beach volleyball
When he retires from the courts he intends to study administration at university Favourite music Jauperi, Diogo Nogueira and Alcione
Favourite films Before the finals at Athens 2004, he watched all the Rocky films Favourite food Feijoada (pork and bean stew), caruru (a dish made of okra), moqueca (seafood stew) and barbequed meat

Funniest situation in a competition

Idols

“We played a leg of the World Circuit in China and the driver of the van taking us from the airport to the hotel was nodding off at the wheel. Emanuel, my partner at the time, had no doubt what to do: he took over and drove the van to the hotel!” Paulão
Ayrton Senna
Ricardo Santos
The Rio 2016 Games will be a milestone in Brazil’s history and in the lives of all Brazilian athletes. I want to feel once more that emotion of hearing the national anthem on the top of the podium and not knowing what to do to celebrate.
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