Ricardo Garcia (volleyball)
|Olympic medal record|
|2002 Belo Horizonte||Team|
|Pan American Games|
|2003 Santo Domingo||Team|
Ricardo is widely considered to be one of the best setters of all time, mainly for his ability to manipulate the opposing teams' blockers and create easy hitting opportunities for his attackers. Along with Brazilian head coach Bernardo Rezende, Ricardo is credited with creating the fast paced offense, including extremely quick back row attacks and fast paced sets to all positions on the court. This offense has been adopted by all major international teams and is consistently used at the highest levels today.
Although Ricardo is widely considered one of the greatest setters, many experts have questioned his 'natural athleticism'. Ricardo was not particularly quick on his feet, and was not able block at a height necessary of stopping opposing attackers. However, due to the skill level of the Brazilian team during Ricardo's career, the team was able to create a defensive strategy in which Ricardo rarely blocked and was able to focus almost solely on setting.
Garcia was born in São Paulo. In 2004, he was part of the Brazilian team which won the gold medal in the Olympic tournament. He played all eight matches.
In 2007 he was dismissed from the team, reportedly because of contention with other team members. He rejoined the team for the 2012 Olympics in London where they won the silver medal.
- 2004 Summer Olympics "Best Setter"
- 2005 America's Cup "Best Setter
- 2005 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup "Best Setter"
- 2007 World League "Most Valuable Player"
- English, CNTV. "Brazilian volleyball squad reveal Olympic uniform". CNTV. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
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