Volleyball is a family affair
Probably, in any sport there is no such nepotism as in volleyball. Husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, brothers and … brothers! Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters … This we are not talking about uncles and cousins, and this also happens, by the way. The specifics and requirements of the game bring together. There are families who have more than one Olympic gold and medals from world championships on a common shelf for cups and medals – couples or family dynasties from other sports can hardly boast of this. Their phenomenon is that they are not talented alone. Someone from the cradle is training hand in hand, someone has found a soul mate in the gym. Today we will talk about the most famous volleyball families and even entire dynasties.
Natalia and Alexey Obmochaev
The most famous volleyball couple in Russia and Europe has two Olympic gold medals (for Alexei for London 2012) and two top tier awards from the World and European Championships (for Natalia for the 2010 World Cup and European Championship 2013). The famous striker and libero got married a few days after Alexei’s Olympic triumph, and the whole Russian volleyball elite walked at the wedding. The couple spent the whole next season in different cities, calm Natalia in Moscow, and emotional Alexei in Kazan, visiting each other only on weekends. And in 2013, Alexei signed a contract with Dynamo Moscow and moved to the capital. Now it’s not uncommon to see Natalia at her husband’s matches and vice versa. It will be useful to note that the elder sister of Natalia, Valeria Goncharova, is also a famous volleyball player.
Murilo Endres and Jacqueline Carvalho
In this pair, the opposite is true: a calm husband is the owner of gold in the World Championships, and an emotional wife is a two-time Olympic champion. Idols of the Brazilian volleyball met for as long as 10 years, and the marriage proposal from the calm Murilo, the eccentric Jacqueline, followed after the defeat of the Americans in the 2008 Olympic Games finals, and the beautiful Jacques agreed without hesitation. After the victory in London, Jacqueline gave birth to a boy, and now a cute little little peanut, similar to Murilo, is growing up in the Endres family. It is interesting that after the 2014 international season, Jacqueline did not receive a single offer from Brazilian clubs, and the star game player, for whom it was important to stay with her husband, said that she was leaving not only the national team, but also volleyball in general. Carvalho decided to focus on the family, but after a few months the proposal was received, and now Jacqueline plays in the Minas club, continues to be a rare beauty, takes care of her sad husband and brings up the baby. And if Natalia has a volleyball sister in a pair of Obmochaevs, then Murilo has a volleyball brother in a pair of Endres-Carvalho. And also a senior. Incidentally, the 1992 Olympic champion, Gustavo Endres.
Giovanni Guidetti and Bahar Toxoy
Another foreign family volleyball couple met exactly on the volleyball court. The central blocking team of Turkey Bahar Toksoy and her husband, head coach of the German women’s team and part-time Turkish club “Wakifbank” Italian Giovanni Gtti, in which acted as a binder Bahar, then Toksoy. Together they won the Turkish Championship, the Champions League and the Club World Cup. And the wedding and the birth of another volleyball Turkish-Italian family took place in Istanbul, and Ivan Milkovich himself was the best man on it.
Giovanni Guidetti and Bahar Toxoy
Marina and Alexey Babeshiny
Many remember Marina under the maiden name of Sheshenin. The 2006 World Champion and the 2004 Olympic silver medalist and Alexei, the Champions League winner and Russian champion, met in 2007. Then Alexey played in Yekaterinburg Lokomotiv-Emerald, and Marina in Uralochka. The couple met not in the gym, but in a nightclub and continued communication at a distance – Alexei left to defend the colors of Novosibirsk Lokomotiv. The Babeshins family is not so lucky as the Obmochaev family, and two loving halves in the country are wounding career destinations: Alexei played Dynamo from the Leningrad Region last year, now plays in Surgut Gazprom-Ugra, and Marina is captain in Omichka and brings up four-year-old daughter Nastya.
World sport knows many examples when a child follows in the footsteps of parents, and perhaps all of the above families will create volleyball dynasties in the future, in which the love of volleyball is transmitted in the blood and continues to be forged in the gym.
The dynasty at the moment can easily be considered the Pankov family, which has two generations of volleyball players. Mom Marina Anatolyevna Pankova (Nikulina) (captain of the 1988 Olympic gold team, world and European champion) and dad Vadim Anatolyevich Pankov (honored trainer of the Russian Federation) raised two wonderful children – binders. The future parents of the young champions met in Uralochka, where Marina played, and Vadim was an assistant to Nikolai Karpol. Daughter Catherine began to train at school “