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<p>Nikki Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar</p>
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Maria Fe Artacho del Solar

Maria Fe Artacho del Solar

Volleyball - Beach Schedule & Results

(Local) / 01:00 PM 10 Aug (Rio)
Women's Preliminary - Pool C

2 (Won)

0 (Lost)

Wang/Yue

Artacho del Solar/Laird


Maria Fe Artacho del Solar


(Local) / 10:00 AM 8 Aug (Rio)
Women's Preliminary - Pool C

2 (Won)

1 (Lost)

Forrer/Verge-Depre

Artacho del Solar/Laird


Maria Fe Artacho del Solar


(Local) / 12:00 AM 7 Aug (Rio)
Women's Preliminary - Pool C

2 (Won)

0 (Lost)

Walsh Jennings/Ross

Artacho del Solar/Laird


Maria Fe Artacho del Solar


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Athlete Biography

After winning gold at the Asian Continental Cup Final in late June 2016, Mariafe Artacho del Solar will make her Olympic debut in Rio with her beach volleyball partner Nicole Laird. The duo defeated the top Vanuatu team in Cairns in a nail biting, rainy grand final 19-17 in the final set to help secure the nation’s second women’s beach volleyball team at Rio 2016.

The pair, both originally from Sydney but now residing in Adelaide, won gold at the U23 World Championships in 2014, before winning the national championships in 2015. They have already practised on the Olympic stage after a strong performance at the 2016 Rio Grand Slam saw the team advance to the main draw at Copacabana Beach, where they finished 17th.

Born in Lima Peru, Artacho del Solar moved to Australia as an 11-year-old. She attended the same high school as Laird in North Sydney and grew up playing beach volleyball on Manly Beach. Her first major international tournament opportunity came in 2007 when she was selected to represent Australia at the U19 World Championships in Poland.

The Sydney-sider won bronze at the 2012 Junior World Championships in Canada with Taliqua Clancy, who is also set to make her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 with dual Olympian Louise Bawden. Artacho del Solar first played with Laird in early 2013 and then full-time from in late 2013. The pair have been impressing spectators on the international stage ever since.

The bilingual athlete (Spanish and English) attributes Nat Cook and Kerri Pottharst’s gold medal victory at the 2000 Sydney Games as the most inspiring Olympic performance, and she hopes to come away with her best volleyball on a beach where the sport is part of the Brazilian culture.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
  • 2009 AYOF Sydney- Silver Medal

Recent Performances

  • 1st – 2016 Asian Beach Continental Cup Final (Cairns, Australia)
  • 25th – 2016 Moscow Grand Slam (Moscow, Russia)
  • 17th – 2016 Rio Grand Slam (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • 17th – 2015 World Championships (Apeldorn, Netherlands)
  • 1st – 2014 U23 World Championships (Myslowice, Poland)

Career Highlights

  • U23 World Champion in 2014, with Nikki Laird
  • Australian Champion 2015, with Nikki Laird
  • U21 Bronze Medallist - Junior World Champs with Taliqua Clancy

Education

  • Primary
    Peru
  • Secondary
    Killara High School (NSW Australia)

Training

  • Coach
    Lauren Soderberg (2014-current)
  • Institute/Academy
    Australian Institute of Sport
  • Primary Training Base
    Adelaide, South Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    Manly Beach, Sydney

Q&A

Favourite food
Gourmet Burgers, Italian, Peruvian , Eye fillet (medium - rare)
Favourite holiday destination
Anywhere where there is a beach, shopping and good restaurants
Favourite music
anything to dance to
Dream car
Black on Black Range Rover
Personal Motto
You can if you want. Believe and you're half way there
Star Sign
Scorpio
I would spend my last $10 on
Food
Tattoos/Piercings
Ear piercings, 3 tattoos..right wrist FUERZA Back of right shoulder (a little heart, my sister has one too same spot) a star on my left wrist- 5 points of the star meaning 5 members of my family
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Tennis
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Nat and Kerri winning gold at Sydney 2000
First Olympic Memory?
Nat and Kerri winning gold at Sydney 2000
Most Influential person in your career/life
My mum
Why this sport?
It is my passion