Bernard Rajzman

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Bernard Rajzman
Personal information
Born (1957-04-25) 25 April 1957 (age 66)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Volleyball information
PositionOutside hitter
Number6 (1976)
12 (1980-1984)
National team
1973-1987 Brazil

Bernard Rajzman (born 25 April 1957) is a Brazilian former volleyball player and three-time Olympian.[1][2][3] He was born in Rio de Janeiro. He was enshrined in the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2005.[4] Nowadays, Bernard is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).[5]

Rajzman began his sports career at the age of 11, playing basketball for Fluminense, but traded the sport for volleyball because he was too short. At the age of 17, he joined the Brazilian men's national volleyball team, for which he played in three consecutive Olympics beginning in 1976, winning a silver medal in 1984.[6] He also won seven South American Championships, one gold medal at the 1983 Pan American Games, a silver medal at the 1982 FIVB World Championship, and a bronze medal at the 1981 FIVB World Cup.[4]

Rajzman developed the "Star Trek" serve, adapted from the beach volleyball, in which the ball is hit from below with enough force that it sails dozens of feet over the court.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Rajzman is the president of Brazil's National Commission of Athletes, and a state congressman.[7]

Rajzman became an IOC member at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September 2013.[8]

He is the father of professional surfer Phil Rajzman.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Bernard". Olympedia. Archived from the original on 14 April 2023. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  2. ^ Robert Wechsler, Bob Wechsler (2007). Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-88125-969-8.
  3. ^ Joseph Siegman (2000). Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Hall of Fame. Brassey's. p. 254. ISBN 1-57488-284-8.
  4. ^ a b "Bernard Rajzman". International Volleyball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 19 October 2023. Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Bernard Rajzman on the universal language of the Games". International Olympic Committee. 26 September 2014. Archived from the original on 18 November 2023. Retrieved 18 November 2023.
  6. ^ Robert Wechsler, Bob Wechsler (2007). Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-88125-969-8.
  7. ^ Paul Taylor (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics : with a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medallists. Sussex Academic Press. p. 240. ISBN 1-903900-87-5.
  8. ^ "IOC Session elects nine new members". International Olympic Committee. 10 September 2013. Archived from the original on 28 July 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2021.

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