Full name: Augusto Sergio de Oliveira Ribas.

Known as: Guga Ribas.

Date of birth: 07/29/1964.

Weight: 68 Kg.

Height: 5’10” (1.77m).

Phrase: To conquer. | I am my own and strongest adversary. | In a team, always convincing or being convinced. Never winning or losing.

Word: Excelling.

Passion: Competing.

Hate: Failured. But I learn a lot from them.

Hobby: Currently winter skiing.

Music: A little of everything. Or almost everything. National and international. But I especially like classical and contemporary rock, for example: Pink Floyd, Elton John, Rita Lee and Capital Inicial.

Book: Always whatever I’m reading at the moment. But when I was young I read “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach and it really impressed me.

Movies: I love cartoons. And in addition, some movies made a great impression on me: “Dead Poets Society” and “Chariots of Fire”.

Ideal car: Mini Cooper / Aston Martin.

Consumer’s dream: Peace.

Personal project: Learn how to fly.

Favorite food: Before I got married, I would always answer: Rice, beef, egg, manioc flour and French fries. My nanny’s! Now thanks to my wife, I have learned to like a lot of things. Today I have quite an eclectic taste. I enjoy a good sushi/sashimi, a delicious mushroom risotto, Mexican food, barbecue, raclette, etc. But I always try to eat healthily.

Drink: Wine.

Religion: Catholic.

Soccer team: Fluminense and proud of it.

Idols: I wouldn’t call them idols, since we don’t see anything wrong in idols.  I prefer to call them examples, and some of mine are:

  • In sport:
    • Ayrton Senna: Not because of his unquestionable talent but because he never accepted his limits whatever they were. And that’s why I mirror myself on him.
    • Bernardinho: and once again not because of his skill as an athlete but because he is an avid scholar not only of volleyball technique but also of all matters in the life of an athlete who intends one day to collect the lasting fruit of his work. I emulate Bernardo in his obsession for detail.
    • Oscar Schmidt: because he alone knows how to use the strength of his emotion to enhance his performance, instead of disturbing that important mental balance required by athletes.
    • Gilles Villeneuve: for his impetuosity when driving a car at 180 mph. Giving up or conforming were words unknown to him.
  • Family:
    • Mother: A peerlessly intelligent warrior, with common sense and enviable serenity, and if one day I was to get near her ability to excel that she still has even today, I would be unbeatable.
    • Nephew and godson Marcelo: He was 11 years old when he died of spinal cancer, and despite his terrible suffering during this deadly disease, we never ever heard him complain or lament his fate… Very much to the contrary. He lived intensely until the last minute with us. Although so young, he taught a lesson of life to everyone who had the pleasure and blessing to be with him, especially in his last year. From him I take my resignation without surrendering.

The essential in your life: Being with my family, wife and kids. Without them I am nobody.

The dispensable in your life: Mediocrity.

Who I’m grateful to:

  • My father: For his pragmatism, objectivity. I learned from him that the fastest way to get things right is by taking a decision. Even if I’m not completely sure.
  • My children: They always show enormous admiration for me. I’m grateful to them for teaching me something new each day and for making me believe that I’m really important to them. This is the basic fuel for me to always strive to be better each day. As father, sportsman or their friend.
  • My wife Diana: My best friend, on whom I always rely in the good and bad times. Without her by my side for the past 25 years, I certainly would not be where I am today. I would never be able to repay everything she has done for me, even if we live for 200 years. Maybe she has no idea how much I admire her!