2017-07-04 11:48:00 CEST
The Brazilian team aims to win the gold for the third straight year in the Swiss Alps
Three will be the number in mind when Larissa and Talita start their Gstaad Major this next week. After winning back-to-back titles in the Swiss Alps, the Brazilians target their third straight gold at the iconic FIVB World Tour stop.
Winners in Gstaad in 2015 and 2016, Larissa and Talita can tie a mark achieved by Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings, who they defeated in the gold medal match last year, and Misty May-Treanor. The three-time Olympic champions are still the only female team to make a hat-trick in Gstaad after winning the gold in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
“We don’t pay much attention to these numbers, but every time they come up they bring some extra motivation to our team,” said Larissa. “We play every tournament with the goal of winning it and it will be awesome if we can make a hat-trick and repeat what they did over a decade ago.”
If Larissa’s record is anything to go by, the Brazilians have a good shot on celebrating another gold medal in the Swiss Alps. The 35-year-old veteran is arguably the most successful player in the city, having won eight medals, including five golds, on the 11 times she competed in Gstaad.
“I feel very comfortable in Gstaad,” she said. “It’s a small and lovely city and everything is so close from the venue. That helps a lot on keeping my focus on the tournament. I believe that a good result happens for several reasons and feeling good about somewhere, as I always do there, is definitely one of them.”
The Gstaad Major has also a vital importance for teams around the world as the last Major event before the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1, from July 27 to April 6 in Vienna, Austria. Because of that, a good result in the Swiss Alps can help the team to build confidence for the most important event of the season.
“Every team wants to get to the World Championship in a good shape,” added Talita. “It’s important to have good results on the events before it and especially in Gstaad, as the best teams in the world will be competing there.”