- Taismary Agüero
Taismary Agüero Leiva Botteghi (born
March 5 1977) is a Cuban-born Italian volleyballplayer.
Born in the province of
Sancti Spiritus, when 8 year old she began to play volleyball; two years later she entered in the Cerro Pelado Training Centerin Havana. In 1993 she won the junior women's volleyball world championship then she joined the senior national team. She didn't participate in the 1994 FIVB Women's World Championshipbut she won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympicsin Atlantatwo years later. In 1998 together with Mireya Luis, Regla Bell, Ana Ivis Fernandez, and Mirka Franciashe won the 1998 FIVB Women's World Championshipin Japan. In 2000 she was a member of the Cuban Woman volleyball national team that won the gold medal at the Sydney. In the summer 2001 she left the Cuban National Team during a tournament in Switzerlandand applied for political asylumin Italy. The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) allowed her to play in Italy despite the opposition of Cuban volley federation and so she joined Pallavolo Sirio Perugia, an Italian volleyball club, where she had just played before during the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons. At the end of 2006 she became an Italian citizen after marrying Alessio Botteghi an Italian physiotherapist who, as of 2008, works for the Turkish National Women Volleyball team. In the summer of 2007 she joined the Italian national team.
Agüero had played for two season for Sirio Perugia from 1998 to 2000 then she played again for Sirio from 2001 to 2005. From 2005 to 2007 she has played for
Asystel Novara. In season 2007/2008 she plays for Türk Telekom club in Ankara. Now Agüero both in club and in national team played as right hitters, while with the Cuban national teams she was setter/hitter.
In the 1993 junior championship she was named MVP, Best Setter and best server. In 1995 and 1997 she won the panamerican games with
Cuba, and, in 1996 and 2000, the Summer Olympics games. She was Italian national champion in 2002/2003 and 2004/2005.
Playing for Italy, she won the 2007 European Championship, where she was also declared Most Valuable Player.
* "1999 FIVB World Cup "Most Valuable Player""
* "1999 FIVB World Cup "Best Server""
* "2007 FIVB World Grand Prix "Best Spiker""
* "2007 FIVB World Grand Prix "Best Scorer""
* "2007 European Championship "Most Valuable Player""
* [http://www.taiaguero.com Official website]
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