2017-07-26 10:30:00 CEST
Olympic heroes gunning for unprecedented back-to-back world titles in Vienna
The season after an Olympic year is usually quiet for the top international beach volleyball pairs. Several teams split, some players take the year off to rest their bodies and many others simply slow down, skipping a good amount of tournaments.
However, this will not be the case for the reigning Olympic champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt in 2017 as the Brazilians have an important goal to achieve this season: become the first men to win back-to-back FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.
Alison and Bruno, who finished fifth at the international season opener, the Fort Lauderdale Major in February, have developed their 2017 strategy focusing the World Championships, that will take place in Vienna, Austria, between July 28 and August 6.
“This year we are not involved with anything related to the Olympics, but we have a big and important goal, which is the World Championship,” said Alison. “We planned our season with this tournament in mind and that’s why we extended our vacations a little bit and started the year under our full power. We want to be at our best in August.”
The strategy makes sense as Alison and Bruno can write their names in the history of the event by becoming the first team to win back-to-back editions following their 2015 title in The Hague, the Netherlands. Since the tournament was created, in 1997, no male team has ever won it twice, even though Brazilian legend Emanuel Rego has three gold medals under his belt with different partners, including one with Alison, in 2011.
“We want to defend our crown and remain among the best. It’s a great opportunity to be part of history. We won a lot of tournaments during the last three years and our team feeds from these kinds of challenges. That’s how we work as a team. We’re really excited and motivated and looking forward to it,” added the Mammoth.
Alison and Bruno will also have the support of a big group of relatives and friends, who are going to Austria to cheer for the team and also to enjoy everything the Austrian capital has to offer.
“I’ve never player there, I only passed through the city during a trip,” said Alison. “But part of my family and some friends have already booked their tickets to be there during the World Championship. I hope they can enjoy the city and celebrate a good result with us.”
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