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Gian Luca Cavaliere

Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Partner Giuliama, daughter Alessia.
English, Italian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 32 in Merano, 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
Franco Comencini [club], ITA; Massimo Da Rin [national], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

Competing for
European Championship
Zlín, CZE

General interest

Cava (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Swimming, mountain biking. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Italian motor racing driver and handcyclist Alex Zanardi. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
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. (, 01 May 2015;, 21 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go!" (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he received the Bronze Medal for Merit from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI]. (, 25 Nov 2017)

He was named the 2006 Person of the Year in Caselle Torinese, Italy. (, 11 Oct 2017)
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. (, 22 Jul 2008;, 2006)
His right leg was amputated above the knee after he was involved in a motorcycle accident. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Other information
He was captain of the Italian team at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. "It is beautiful because in this role I can help spread the values of our team. Above all, with every day that came, I tried to explain what qualities they need to have as athletes." (OIS, 09 Mar 2022)


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