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CAVALIERE Gianluca
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Italy   
GenderMen
Age47
Place of BirthTurin, ITA
Height1.82 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Italy
Languages
English, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2003 in Turin, Italy.
Why this sport?
He liked being a part of a team and enjoyed the physical aspect of the sport.
Club / Team
South Tyrol Eagles: Italy
Name of coach
Gottfried Kasslatter [club]; Massimo Da Rin [national], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Italy
General Interest
Nicknames
Cava (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming gold at the 2011 European Championships in Solleftea, Sweden, and winning silver at the 2016 European Championships in Ostersund, Sweden. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Italian motor racing driver and handcyclist Alex Zanardi. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He missed the 2015 World Championships A-Pool in Buffalo, NY, United States of America, after fracturing four ribs in a pre-tournament friendly match against the Czech Republic in Neumarkt, Italy. (paralympic.org, 01 May 2015; fisg.it, 21 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Fulfil your maximum potential." (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he received the bronze medal of merit from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI]. (giornaletrentino.it, 25 Nov 2017)

He was named the 2006 Person of the Year in Caselle Torinese, Italy. (cosenostre-online.it, 11 Oct 2017)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated above the knee after he was involved in a motorcycle accident. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first player to score a goal for Italy at the Paralympic Winter Games when he netted in a 2-1 group stage defeat against Great Britain at the 2006 Games in Turin. (triesteabile.it, 22 Jul 2008; paralympic.org, 2006)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2006 Team  
7 2010 Team  
6 2014 Team  
4 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
6 2008 Team  
7 2009 Team  
6 2012 Team  
6 2013 Team  
5 2017 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011 Team  
2 2016 Team