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Giovane Farinazzo Gavio (born September 7, 1970 in Juiz de Fora), known as Giovane, is a retired Brazilian volleyball coach and former player, who was a member of the Brazil men's national volleyball team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain by defeating The Netherlands (3-0) in the final.

Giovane Gávio
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Personal information
Full nameGiovane Farinazzo Gavio
BornSeptember 7, 1970 (1970-09-07) (age 49)
Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight86 kg (190 lb)
Spike340 cm (134 in)
Block322 cm (127 in)
Volleyball information
PositionOutside spiker
National team

Playing as an outside hitter, Gavio competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1992. Later on he started a career in beach volleyball. As of the present day, he is the head coach of Superliga's most recent champions, SESI São Paulo. He is the only Brazilian player (and second overall, after Javier Weber) to win the Superliga both as player and coach.

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  • Official website (in Portuguese)
  • Profile[dead link] (in English)
  • Profile (in Portuguese)
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Giovane (full name: Giovane Farinazzo Gávio)". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.