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Marianne Steinbrecher

Marianne Steinbrecher, known as Mari (born August 23, 1983[1]), is a female volleyball player from Brazil,[2] who plays as a wing spiker (basically outside hitter, occasionally opposite hitter).[3] She represented her native country at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, in which she helped her country win the gold medal.



Born in S o Paulo,[2] Steinbrecher, who is of Russian and German descent,[4] started playing volleyball when she was 14 years-old.[4] After playing for Rol ndia/Faccar and Gr mio Londrinense,[5] she professionalized while playing for Osasco.[4] Playing for Osasco, she won the Salonpas Cup in 2001, in 2002 and in 2005,[6] the Campeonato Paulista in 2003,[4] and the Superliga in 2003 04.[6] In 2006, she left Osasco and joined Italian club Scavolini Pesaro.[4][5] In 2008, she returned to Brazil to play for S o Caetano/Blausiegel in the Copa Brasil.[7][8] In 2010 she signed a contract with the Brazilian club Unilever Volley.

National team

. Playing for the national team, she won the FIVB World Grand Prix in 2004, in 2006, in 2008[4] and in 2009. In the 2008 FIVB World Grand Prix, she was awarded the competition's Most Valuable Player (MVP).[9] Steinbrecher participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics, in which her country finished in the fourth place, after being defeated by Cuba in the bronze medal match.[10] In the 2007 Pan American Games, she won the silver medal, after her country was defeated by Cuba in the final.[4] In 2008, Steinbrecher helped Brazil win the FIVB World Grand Prix, also winning the competition's Most Valuable Player award.[11] In the same year, on her birthday, in Beijing, Steinbrecher won her first gold medal in the Olympic Games, after her country beat the United States 3 1 in the gold medal match.[12]

Mari took part of the National Team who win the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico.[13]

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