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Gian Luca Cavaliere

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

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
Massimo Da Rin [national], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence

General interest

Nicknames
Cava (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Hobbies
Swimming, mountain biking. (comitatoparalimpico.it, 08 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, 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; comitatoparalimpico.it, 08 Feb 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
"Always try to improve and never set any limits." (comitatoparalimpico.it, 08 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he received the Bronze Medal for 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)
Milestones
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)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated above the knee after he was involved in a motorcycle accident. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Group A 3
Men's Tournament Classification 7-8 102
Men's Tournament Classification 5-8 202
Men's Tournament Group A 6
Men's Tournament Group A 5
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Classification 7-8 102
Mixed Classification 5-8 201
Mixed Group B 6
Mixed Group B 3
Mixed Group B 1
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group B 2014-03-08 1
Mixed Group B 2014-03-09 4
Mixed Group B 2014-03-11 5
Mixed Group B - Standings 2014-03-11 3
Mixed Classification 5-6 2014-03-12 201
Mixed Classification 5-8 2014-03-14 101
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-10 1
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-11 3
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-12 5
Mixed Tournament Group A - Standings 2018-03-13 2
Mixed Tournament Semifinal 2018-03-15 2
Mixed Tournament Bronze Medal Match 2018-03-17 1