Yekaterina Gamova

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Yekaterina Gamova
Ekaterina Gamova 3.jpg
Gamova in 2009
Personal information
Full name Yekaterina Aleksandrovna Gamova
Nationality  Russia
Born (1980-10-17) 17 October 1980 (age 36)
Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
Hometown Yekaterinburg, Russia
Height 2.05 m (6 ft 8 12 in)
Weight 80 kg (180 lb)
Spike 330 cm (130 in)
Block 314 cm (124 in)
Volleyball information
Position Opposite
Current club Dinamo Kazan
Number 11
Years Teams
Dynamo Moscow
Fenerbahçe Acıbadem
Dinamo Kazan
National team
1996 – 2014 Russia
Last updated: May 2016

Yekaterina Aleksandrovna Gamova (Russian: Екатерина Александровна Гамова; born 17 October 1980) is a retired Russian volleyball player. She was a member of the national team that won the gold medals at the 2006 and 2010 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championships, and the silver medal in both the Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. She is 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) tall with EU size 49 feet, making her one of the tallest female athletes in the world.[1][2] Her role was outside hitter/opposite.


Playing with Dynamo Moscow she won the silver medal at the 2008–09 CEV Indesit Champions League, and she was awarded "Best Scorer".[3]

For the 2009/2010 season, she joined the Turkish team Fenerbahçe Acıbadem.[4] With this team she won the Turkish League Championship[5] and went to the 2010 CEV Indesit Champions League Final Four. Her team finished in the second place after being defeated by Volley Bergamo and she was awarded "Best Scorer".[6]

She was a member of the Russia national team that won the 2010 World Championship and was named the Most Valuable Player of the event.[7]

After the defeat in the quarterfinals by Brazil in the 2012 Olympics she is considering quitting playing with the national team but still continuing playing at club level. “I will take a break with the national team. I don’t know if it will be a permanent leave, or if I will resume after a long pause."[8]

Gamova won with the Russian club Dinamo Kazan the 2013–14 CEV Champions League held in Baku, Azerbaijan, defeating 3-0 the home owners Rabita Baku in the semifinals[9] and 3-0 to the Turkish VakıfBank İstanbul in the final.[10] She was awarded tournament's Most Valuable Player and Best Scorer.[10]

Gamova won the gold medal in the 2014 FIVB Club World Championship, when her team defeated 3-0 to the Brazilian club Molico Osasco for the championship match. She was named the Best Opposite Spiker and Most Valuable Player among the championship Best Team.[11]

On May 2016, Gamova announced on Match TV and on her Facebook page that she wants to retire from her sports career because of an injury.[12] With that said, she won't participate at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[13]


After the Olympics in London on 17 August 2012, she married the Russian cinematographer and producer Michael Mukasey.[14]




  • Merited Master of Sports of Russia (2000)
  • Medal of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" II class (19 April 2001) — for the huge contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, and for the huge sports destinations at the XXVII Summer Olympics in Sydney in 2000[15]
  • Medal of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" I class (3 October 2006) — for the huge contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, and for sports destinations[16]
  • Decoration of Honour for Services in the Development of Physicial Culture and Sports (28 April 2016)[17]


National team[edit]




  • 1998, 1999, Russian League Championship – Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with Uralochka-NTMK 2
  • 2000, 2001, 2002, Russian League Championship – Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with Uralochka-NTMK
  • 2005, 2007, 2009 Russian Championship – Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with Dynamo Moscow
  • 2009–2010 Turkish League Championship – Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with Fenerbahçe Acıbadem
  • 2009–2010 Turkish Cup Championship – Champion, with Fenerbahçe Acıbadem
  • 2009–2010 Turkish Super Cup Championship – Champion, with Fenerbahçe Acıbadem
  • 2010–2011 Russian Cup – Champion, with Dinamo Kazan
  • 2013–14 CEV Champions League - Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with Dinamo Kazan
  • 2014 FIVB Club World Championship - Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with Dinamo Kazan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Izvestia (in Russian)
  2. ^ NVPress (in Russian)
  3. ^ CEV. "Volley BERGAMO is the 2009 Champion!!!". Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  4. ^ "Gamova Fenerbahçe Acıbadem'de" (in Turkish). Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  5. ^ CEV. "After thrilling five-setter and additional golden set Fenerbahce picks up Turkish national cup". Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  6. ^ CEV. "Volley BERGAMO wins 2010 CEV Indesit European Champions League!". Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  7. ^ FIVB. "Russia repeat as world champions". Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Dinamo disappoints Baku home crowd by claiming the last spot in final". Baku, Azerbaijan: CEV. 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  10. ^ a b "Dinamo KAZAN dethrones VakifBank to claim the 2014 Champions League title". Baku, Azerbaijan: CEV. 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  11. ^ "Russia's Kazan capture Women's Club World championship in style". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2014-05-11. Retrieved 2014-05-11. 
  12. ^ Волейболистка Екатерина Гамова объявила о завершении карьеры
  13. ^ Волейболистки Гамова и Соколова завершили карьеру
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 19 апреля 2001 года № 450 «О награждении государственными наградами Российской Федерации спортсменов, тренеров, работников физической культуры и спорта»" (in Russian). 19 April 2001. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  16. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 3 октября 2006 года № 1064 «О награждении государственными наградами Российской Федерации»" (in Russian). 3 October 2006. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  17. ^ "Асгат Сафаров вручил Екатерине Гамовой Почётный знак Министерства спорта РФ "За заслуги в развитии физической культуры и спорта"" (in Russian). Integrated Portal of Government and Local Self-Government Authorities "Official Tatarstan". 28 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 

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Russia Yelena Godina
Best Blocker of
FIVB World Grand Prix

Succeeded by
United States Danielle Scott-Arruda
Preceded by
China Yang Hao
Japan Miyuki Takahashi
Best Scorer of
FIVB World Grand Prix

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Italy Taismary Agüero
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Cuba Nancy Carrillo
Best Server of
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