By S. Weber
Brazil is a volleyball-loving nation and our women's National Team is a motif for pride amongst Brazilians. The team is one of the foremost honoured within the world, as they have won four Olympic medals, which are an admirable accomplishment for the team. Although our nation expresses great contentment toward the team, the world championship title still always eluding from the team as they have already finished runners-up – almost winning – for three times now.
Brazil has conquered a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic games and did the same at London 2012 to become the third team, running after the Soviet Union and Cuba, to gracefully and honourably defend an Olympic title, and as a result, Brazilians have become pleased with the country's victory. The triumphant Brazilian team was also awarded an Olympic bronze medal at Atlanta in 1996 and at Sydney 2000 this was when Brazil started growing as a team. In addition, they have won with great delight the South American Championship 20 times. The team has also scored a win in the Grand Champions Cup in 2005 and 2013. As saw Brazil stand at the top of the all-time medals table of the FIVB World Grand Prix, including their triumph in the very last edition of the competition in 2017.
After three successive podium appearances – silver in 2006 and 2010, and bronze in 2014 - Brazil finished 7th at the 2018 FIVB World Championship when they failed to make it past the third-round cuts.Finally, this year Brazil finished third in the Regular Season of the Volleyball Nations League however they slipped and played against the host, China, in the bronze medal match ranking in fourth overall.