U.S. Team Annoyed By Brazil Celebration
U.S. Team Annoyed By Brazil Celebration, The Brazilian team’s victory antics for women’s volleyball gold get loud and wild. U.S. women’s volleyball players didn’t find Brazil’s gold medal celebration amusing, The U.S. women’s volleyball team slowly made their way to the locker room with sullen faces, having lost in the gold medal match for the second straight Olympic Games.
Impeding them on their walk of shame: Somersaulting Brazilians.
Oh, how they celebrated, the Brazil women’s volleyball team. After the 3-1 victory at Earl’s Court on Saturday, they tumbled and danced and sang before returning to the locker room. In the waiting area for the three medal-winning teams, their celebratory songs and hand-claps were deafening. Back on the court, they never stopped dancing, including on the podium. As each player received her gold, she’d leap around, yell out or simply start dancing to the teammate next to her.
The U.S. players stood stone-faced for the ceremony.
Was it difficult to watch that kind of exuberance after losing to Brazil?
“I did tell them, ‘Get your asses down from the podium’ or whatever before you celebrate. It’s just a respect kind of thing,” said Logan Tom, a 4-time Olympian for the U.S.
“A lot of them are my friends. They celebrated a little differently than I would say Americans do. So I let it slide,” said Tom. “It’s their culture. They can celebrate how they want to celebrate.”
Danielle Scott-Arruda, the only 5-time U.S. Olympic volleyball player, said the loss was hard to take. “It’s somewhat of a small knife in the stomach, the heart. Because you want to win. But I respect them. I think they’re great players and friends,” she said.