Jackie Silva

Jacqueline "Jackie" Louise Cruz Silva (born February 13, 1962 in Rio de Janeiro) is a retired female volleyball player from Brazil,[1][2] who won the gold medal in the inaugural women's beach volleyball tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympics, partnering Sandra Pires.

Jacqueline Silva
Personal information
Full nameJacqueline Louise Cruz Silva
Born (1962-02-13) 13 February 1962 (age 58)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb)
Volleyball information
National team

Silva was first drafted by the Brazil women's national volleyball team at the age of 14. She was part of the team who took Brazil to its first Olympics, 1980 Moscow and 1984 Los Angeles. She was known for her aggressive temperament, which led the Confederação Brasileira de Voleibol to cut her from the national team three times. In 1987 she left Brazil and played in Italy. In 1988, she went to the United States to become a beach volleyball player, with Linda Chisholm as her first partner. In 1993 she joined Sandra Pires, with whom she won two world championships and the Olympic gold.

In 2015, Silva joined the Florida International University coaching staff as a volunteer assistant with the Women's Sand Volleyball team under Head Coach Rita Crockett.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics Silva was inducted into the Olympians for Life project for her work with the poor.[3][4]

Personal lifeEdit

Silva is openly lesbian and has a relationship with the ballerina Amália Lima.[5]


  1. ^ "FIVB Biography - Jackie Silva". www.fivb.org/. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Biography - Jacqueline Silva". jornaldovolei (in Portuguese). Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Beach volleyball pioneer Jackie Silva returns to Portugal". www.fivb.org. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  4. ^ https://olympians.org/news/723/olympians-for-life-project-proves-popular-at-olympians-reunion-centre-by-ey/
  5. ^ df.superesportes.com.br

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Adriana Samuel
and Mônica Rodrigues (BRA)
Women's FIVB Beach World Tour Winner
alongside   Sandra Pires

Succeeded by
  Adriana Behar
and Shelda Bede (BRA)