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Ricardo Santos:
 
Ricardo Alex Costa Santos
Brazil  
      
 
Vital Statistics
 

Photo: FIVB
Birth Date January 6, 1975 (39 years old)
Home Town Salvador de Bahia
Resides João Pessoa
Height 6'7"
Web Site www.ricardobeach.com.br
  Best Finish Winnings
United States 3rd $6,000
   AVP 3rd $6,000
International 1st (56 times) $1,784,283
   FIVB 1st (55 times) $1,783,283
   FIVB C&S 1st $1,000
Pan American 1st $0
   PAN AM 1st $0
Overall 1st (57 times) $1,790,283
 
Bio Bits

Beach Bits:
• Ricardo and Emanuel's first full season together was in 2003, and the duo won the FIVB season points championship in each of their first five seasons together.
• In winning the gold medal in the 2003 World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Ricardo and Emanuel's highest seeded opponent was 13th.
• Entering the 2012 season, Ricardo had played at least four FIVB tournaments with five different partners, and he has won an event with each one of them.

Known in Brazil by his competitors as "The Wall", Ricardo began playing Beach Volleyball in 1994 and became a full-time participant on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour in 1998.  He has medaled twice in the Olympics, including a silver at the Sydney 2000 Games with Ze Marco de Melo and a gold at the Athens 2004 Games with Emanuel Rego.  Ricardo and Emanuel also captured the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Championships in Rio de Janeiro. Ricardo and Jose Loiola captured the 2001 Goodwill Games gold medal in Brisbane, Australia, after placing second in the 2001 SWATCH-FIVB World Championships in Klagenfurt, Australia.  Through the 2006 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season, Ricardo has posted a 575-140 match mark (80.4%) with five different partners.  He has a 289-55 record with Emanuel (2002-2006), 200-55 with Ze Marco (1998-2000) and 80-24 with Loiola (2001-2002).   Ricardo teamed with Emanuel to win the 2002, 2003 and 2006 Circuito Banco do Brasil season's points titles.  Since starting their partnership at the end of the 2002 season, Emanuel and Ricardo have won the SWATCH point's title the past four seasons (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006).  Ricardo won the Brazilian "King of the Beach" competition in 2003.  He has been honored as the Circuito Banco do Brasil best player (2006), best attacker (2000 and 2004) and top blocker (1999-2001, 2003).  Ricardo has two children (Pedro Henrique, 9, and Giulia, 3). 

2011: Ricardo and Marcio played seven times together, advancing to three semifinals.  The duo won one tournament and placed second in the World Championships in Rome. Ricardo then formed a parthership with Pedro Cunha, playing in five events, winning twice.
2010: Ricardo and Pedro Salgado played in the first tournament, finishing fifth, then Ricardo began playing with Marcio Araujo. In their first five events together the duo had a best of fifth, but also were eliminated from two country quotas, marking the first time in Ricardo's career that happened. In their last five tournaments together, the duo advanced to the semifinals each time, winning a silver and two bronzes.
2009: Ricardo and Emanuel played in eight events, advancing to the semifinals four times, winning once and getting two silvers. The pair placed fifth in the World Championships in Stavanger, then got a third in an AVP international event. Ricardo played one FIVB tournament with Franco Neto, finishing ninth, and then two events with Pedro Salgado, with a best of fourth.
2008: Ricardo and Emanuel won two gold and four bronze medals, including a bronze in the Beijing Olympics. The duo finished fifth in the FIVB season points, marking the first time in their partnership they did not win the points title.
2007: Ricardo and Emanuel advanced to nine semifinals, winning seven times. The duo finished fourth in the World Championships in Gstaad. They ended atop the FIVB points standings, marking the fifth straight year the pair was the FIVB season points champions.  They also won the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro.
2006: Ricardo and Emanuel advanced to the semifinals in all 14 events they played in, winning five tournaments to go with five silvers and one bronze. They won the season points championship.
2005: Ricardo and Emanuel won 11 medals, including six golds. In a four-week span they won three golds but had their lowest finish of the year, a 17th, in the World Championships in Berlin. The duo again was the FIVB's top-ranked team in season points. The pair also played in one satellite event, winning the gold.
2004: Ricardo and Emanuel were in the semifinals in 12 of their 13 FIVB events, winning seven times. Among their wins was a Gold Medal in the Athens Olympics. The duo easily won the FIVB points championship.
2003: Ricardo continued his partnership with Emanuel, winning five of their 10 events together including the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro. The team was the FIVB season points champion.
2002: Ricardo and Loiola won three golds, one silver and a bronze. They were the third-ranked team in season points. Ricardo ended the season playing alongside Emanuel Rego, winning bronze medals in their two events.
2001: Ricardo formed a new partnership with Jose Loiola. Playing in six finals, the duo won two tournaments and were the fourth-ranked team in season points. One of their silver medals came in the World Championships in Klagenfurt. 
2000: Ricardo and Ze Marco were the FIVB's season points champions after recording five wins in nine gold medal match appearances. In the Sydney Olympics, the duo won the Silver Medal. 
1999: Ricardo and Ze Marco advanced to 11 semifinals in 13 events, winning four times. Their only finish lower than fifth was in the World Championships in Marseille, where they placed 17th. They ended the year as the second-ranked team in season points.
1998: Ricardo formed a partnership with Ze Marco de Melo, competing full time on the FIVB for the first time. In their second event together the duo won in Rio de Janeiro. On the year the duo advanced to five semifinals, winning twice, while three times being eliminated from the qualifier. They ended the year as the fifth-ranked team in season points.
1997: Ricardo played one event with Roberto Moreira, finishing 17th.
1996: Ricardo did not compete internationally.
1995: At the age of 20 Ricardo made his international beach debut in an FIVB event with Everaldo Alves, finishing 40th.

Olympics:
 
 
Awards
 
 
Career Summary
 
United States
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 25th 33rd 40th 57th CQ
2009 AVP 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 $6,000.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 $6,000.00
(273rd)
    0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
International
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 25th 33rd 40th 57th CQ
1995 FIVB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00 2.0 284th 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
1997 FIVB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $750.00 20.0 170th 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1998 FIVB 12 2 1 1 1 2 2 0 $72,000.00 1,154.0 9th 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
1999 FIVB 13 4 3 3 1 1 0 0 $124,250.00 1,828.0 3rd 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2000 FIVB 15 5 4 0 2 3 0 0 $115,500.00 2,004.0 1st 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2001 FIVB 11 2 4 0 1 1 1 0 $90,000.00 1,292.0 7th 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
2002 FIVB 10 3 1 3 0 0 0 1 $70,695.00 1,150.0 1st 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
2003 FIVB 10 5 0 1 0 2 0 2 $118,500.00 1,876.0 1st 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 FIVB 13 7 2 1 2 0 0 1 $130,250.00 2,046.0 2nd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 FIVB C&S 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 $1,000.00 10.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 25th 33rd 40th 57th CQ
2005 FIVB 15 6 2 3 0 0 0 3 $163,175.00 2,554.0 1st 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2006 FIVB 14 5 5 1 3 0 0 0 $177,500.00 4,090.0 1st 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 FIVB 15 7 1 0 1 4 0 1 $173,850.00 3,810.0 1st 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2008 FIVB 11 2 0 4 1 2 0 2 $84,100.00 2,410.0 10th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 FIVB 11 1 2 0 2 1 0 3 $78,675.00 2,310.0 8th 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2010 FIVB 11 0 1 2 2 2 0 1 $65,575.00 2,070.0 10th 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
2011 FIVB 12 3 1 0 1 3 0 2 $115,875.00 2,890.0 5th 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2012 FIVB 11 2 0 2 0 3 0 4 $78,200.00 2,280.0 5th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 FIVB 11 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 $79,200.00 2,865.0 6th 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2014 FIVB 7 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 $45,187.50 1,260.0 23rd 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  205
(3rd)
56
(2nd)
29 23 18 28 3 24 $1,784,282.50
(2nd)
37,921.0   3 10 3 3 1 1 2
 
 
Pan American
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 25th 33rd 40th 57th CQ
2007 PAN AM 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00 0.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  1
(15th)
1
(2nd)
0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00 0.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
 
Overall
Total
(Rank)
  207
(38th)
57
(11th)
29 24 18 28 3 24 $1,790,282.50
(8th)
37,921.0   3 10 3 3 1 1 2
 
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