Sportsmanship Prevails Among Americans
By Dialogo July 18, 2011
The U.S. women’s volleyball were undaunted despite their 3-0 loss to Brazil. The team, which stayed at the Maracanãzinho Gymnasium to cheer on the U.S. men’s team, kept their spirits up before a crowd of 3200.
The players danced, interacted with fans and posed for photos with the mascot, Arion, and his four friends from the Peace Corps
The men’s team kept the same sportsmanship. While the Brazilian players were interviewed by the media, the U.S. players wore Brazil shirts and watched some their idols on camera.
“Of course we know the Brazilians. Silva? Anderson? They’re great,” remarked U.S. Army Sergeant Eric Latson, with a camera well in hand.
Another U.S. Army sergeant, James Crane, also kept his spirits high after the match.
“It is exciting to see everyone come together, compete, but at the same time, be friends,” said Crane. “We have jobs other than the sport in the United States Armed Forces. We meet for a month and a half once a year – at most – to train together. So, we know that America brought their best to Brazil.”
A volleyball match includes twelve players, six on each team. There are another six athletes on each reserve bench. On the court, the teams are separated by a net, and the objective is to make the ball hit the ground in the area protected by the opponent. The ball, however, needs to pass between the antennas, which are two flexible rods tangent to the lateral boundaries of the court. They delimit the aerial space through which the ball must pass.