2016-09-09 16:34:00 CEST
Can anyone stop Alison/Bruno triumphing in Toronto?
2015/16 FIVB World Tour ranking points: 4,140 – qualified as wildcards
2016 medals: 5 (Three golds, two silver)
They might not have finished high up the FIVB World Tour ranking but when you’re Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt that doesn’t matter!
The decorated duo took part in just seven FIVB World Tour events in 2016 but as 2015 World Champions the focus was always on the Olympics on home sand in Rio – and their decision to prepare for the Games paid off as they secured Brazil a celebrated gold medal.
The Brazilians beat off all competition 12 months ago in Fort Lauderdale – can they defend their crown this summer to cap what would be a dream end to the 2016 season?
Among their success in the Swatch Major Series stops was gold at the Poreč Major in June.
Fun fact! Alison/Bruno suffered a shock defeat to Austrians Doppler/Horst during the Olympics but battled back to win one of only seven gold medals for the home nation at Rio.