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2016-09-18 22:00:00 CEST

Bruno reflects on breathtaking season

Olympic champ looks back on yet another gold

Bruno was a happy, relieved man after winning another gold!Bruno was a happy, relieved man after winning another gold!

Victorious Bruno Oscar Schmidt says it will take some time for his and teammate Alison Cerutti’s achievements this summer to sink in.

They added the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals gold to their dramatic Olympic success on the Copacabana to cap a breathtaking season on the sand following their win over Pedro Solberg/Evandro in the final in Toronto.

“The Olympics, oh my gosh, that was the result of our careers – we haven’t realized what we did, it’s been so stressful for us, we’ve been nervous and worked so hard,” explained the diminutive defender. “People wanted to help us in Rio but at the same time that put pressure on our shoulders. Now we need a couple of months to get some rest and then hopefully what we did will sink in.”

Alison/Bruno kept up their 100 per cent set record at Polson Pier with another classy performance but Bruno paid tribute to his countrymen and the gallant silver medalists.

“You can’t blink for one moment, those guys are on fire. For me they are the best team of the season,” he said. “Evandro was killing it, oh my gosh, their skills combined make it very hard for teams. I think they’re the best team out there.

“I think the way we’ve played this season we deserve a Brazil versus Brazil final. Ever since the beginning of the Olympic round we’ve given it our max and I think we’ve done that. What both teams have done is amazing.”

Bruno reserved his final words for his wife, Lais, and his family who travelled to Toronto to cheer him on to glory and another gold.

“They came with me to give me support because after Rio there was so much stress, I was really nervous and exhausted and they give me energy,” he said.

“My wife is so understanding about everything. To have the opportunity to end the season here with them is brilliant, I couldn’t imagine a better ending to a tournament than that, especially here in Toronto. It’s an amazing country and the people are so friendly – it combined perfectly with our sport.”

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