Gamova in 2009
|Full name||Yekaterina Aleksandrovna Gamova|
17 October 1980|
Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
|Height||2.05 m (6 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|Spike||321 cm (126 in)|
|Block||310 cm (120 in)|
|Current club||Dinamo Kazan|
|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 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) tall with EU size 49 feet, making her one of the tallest female athletes in the world. Her aggresiveness on the court earned her the nickname "Queen of Volleyball" Her role was outside hitter/opposite.
For the 2009/2010 season, she joined the Turkish team Fenerbahçe Acıbadem. With this team she won the Turkish League Championship 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".
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."
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 and 3-0 to the Turkish VakıfBank İstanbul in the final. She was awarded tournament's Most Valuable Player and Best Scorer.
Gamova won the gold medal in the 2010 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.
In 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. With that said, she won't participate at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
- Avtodor-Metar (1996–1998)
- Uralochka-NTMK 2 (1998–2000)
- Uralochka-NTMK (2000–2003)
- Dynamo Moscow (2003–2009)
- Fenerbahçe Acıbadem (2009–2010)
- Dinamo Kazan (2010–2016)
- 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
- 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
- Decoration of Honour for Services in the Development of Physical Culture and Sports (28 April 2016)
- 2004 Olympic Games "Best Scorer"
- 2004 Olympic Games "Best Blocker"
- 2006 FIVB World Grand Prix "Best Scorer"
- 2007 European Championship "Best Scorer"
- 2008–09 CEV Indesit Champions League Final Four "Best Scorer"
- 2009–10 CEV Indesit Champions League Final Four "Best Scorer"
- 2010 FIVB World Championship "Most Valuable Player"
- 2013-14 CEV Champions League "Most Valuable Player"
- 2013-14 CEV Champions League "Best Scorer"
- 2014 FIVB Club World Championship "Most Valuable Player"
- 2014 FIVB Club World Championship "Best Opposite Spiker"
- 2013-14 Russian Superleague MVP
- 1999 Junior World Championship – Gold Medal
- 1999 World Grand Prix – Gold Medal
- 1999 FIVB World Cup – Silver Medal
- 2006 World Championship – Gold Medal
- 2010 World Championship – Gold Medal
- 1998, 1999, Russian League Championship – Champion, with Uralochka-NTMK 2
- 2000, 2001, 2002, Russian League Championship – Champion, with Uralochka-NTMK
- 2005, 2007, 2009 Russian Championship – Champion, with Dynamo Moscow
- 2009–2010 Turkish League Championship – 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 - Champion, with Dinamo Kazan
- 2014 FIVB Club World Championship - Champion, with Dinamo Kazan
- List of tall women
- Russia women's national volleyball team
- Women's volleyball at the 2004 Summer Olympics
- Izvestia (in Russian)
- NVPress (in Russian)
- CEV. "Volley BERGAMO is the 2009 Champion!!!". Archived from the original on 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
- "Gamova Fenerbahçe Acıbadem'de" (in Turkish). Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
- CEV. "After thrilling five-setter and additional golden set Fenerbahce picks up Turkish national cup". Archived from the original on 2010-04-18. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
- CEV. "Volley BERGAMO wins 2010 CEV Indesit European Champions League!". Archived from the original on 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
- FIVB. "Russia repeat as world champions". Retrieved 2010-11-14.
- "Dinamo disappoints Baku home crowd by claiming the last spot in final". Baku, Azerbaijan: CEV. 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
- "Dinamo KAZAN dethrones VakifBank to claim the 2014 Champions League title". Baku, Azerbaijan: CEV. 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
- "Russia's Kazan capture Women's Club World championship in style". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2014-05-11. Retrieved 2014-05-11.
- Волейболистка Екатерина Гамова объявила о завершении карьеры
- Волейболистки Гамова и Соколова завершили карьеру
- "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.
- "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.
- "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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