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Wednesday August 1, 2012                8:28pm EDT

Olympic beach volleyball champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the U.S. rallied to beat an Austrian pair on Wednesday, emerging undefeated from the pool phase in their quest for an unprecedented third gold medal.

Earlier, five-times Olympian and Sydney 2000 gold medalist Natalie Cook and fellow Australian Tamsin Hinchley lost to a Czech pair in Pool.

The defeat ended Cook’s career, one of the most illustrious in the sport.

May-Treanor and Walsh had not dropped a set in their previous two matches but were uncharacteristically error-prone as they lost the first set 21-17 to Austrian sisters Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger in the same group.

“We came out a little bit flat and you can never ever come out flat in Olympic competition,” Walsh told reporters.

The Americans kept their cool and recovered to take the last two sets 21-8 15-10.

“Now the fun begins. We’re going to see where the draw puts us. We have four more matches to win to become gold medalists, that’s our goal,” said Walsh.

“We’re going to come out on fire. No more coming out flat.”

It was an emotional night for Cook at Horse Guards Parade where the specially built 15,000-seat venue offers stunning views of the capital’s skyline, lit up by the London Eye and Big Ben.

The 37-year-old, who won bronze in Atlanta in 1996 and gold in Sydney in 2000 with Kerri Pottharst, was in tears after she and Hinchley were beaten 21-16 18-21 15-11 by Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova.

The Australian pair are now out of the event after losing all three of their pool matches.

“I’ve been blessed. It’s a privilege to be part of this Olympic team, to represent your country,” said Cook, her voice cracking as the tears welled up.

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“There are 10,000 athletes in the world every four years (at the Olympics) and I’ve done that five times. I couldn’t be prouder of that.

“You just want to play more matches out there because it’s so much fun except when you don’t win and then you’re stuck between devastation and excitement because of where you are and what it means,” said Cook.

Earlier, U.S. men’s pair Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb produced an aggressive display of spiking to beat a strong Latvian pair, jumping to the top of Pool D and regaining confidence after losing to a Polish duo.

Gibb and Rosenthal, who were fifth in Beijing in 2008 and prepared for London by collecting a string of trophies, were out to make a point against Aleksandr Samoilovs and Ruslans Sorokins who had won their first two matches of the Games.

“We wanted to prove it to ourselves, that we still know how to play this game,” said Gibb after the Americans won 21-10 21-16 on the hottest day of the tournament so far.

The crowds loved the combination of exciting matches, sunshine, great views, thumping music and dance routines performed by a troupe in retro beachwear.

Samoilovs, known as the Lion King for his unruly mane of blond curls, is a natural showman popular with the crowds.

“The Lion King roars,” shouted the commentator after one impressive spike from the muscular Latvian, to huge cheers.

But there was little the pair could do against Gibb and Rosenthal and instead of roars of triumph the frustrated Samoilovs was reduced to thumping the sand with his fist.

The home fans were disappointed to see British pair Steve Grotowski and John Garcia-Thompson exit the tournament after losing for the third time.

The host nation’s hopes now rest with the women’s pair, Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney who play their last pool match on Thursday.

Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca, the main title rivals to May-Treanor and Walsh, beat Czech pair Hana Klapalova and Lenka Hajeckova by two sets to love to finish top of Pool A without dropping a set.

The South Americans were in imperious form, winning 21-12 21-18 with both players finding impossible angles on their spikes.

from:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/02/us-oly-voll-bvvol-wrap-day-idUSBRE87101K20120802

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Larissa Franca was born on April 14th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larissa_Franca

April 14th, 1982

April 14th

4 + 14 +2+0+1+2= 23 = her personal year (from April 14th, 2012 to April 13th, 2013) = Athlete.  Sports.  Leadership.

King of Wands Tarot card

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After starting her Beach Volleyball career in 2001, Larissa began collecting medals in 2003 when she teamed with Ana Richa.  While participating in four SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events, including a 17th at the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Championships, Larissa and Ana Richa captured a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo.  During 2003, Larissa and Ana Richa also won a Brazilian domestic event and finished third in the team rankings behind Athens Olympians Adriana Behar/Shelda Bede and Ana Paula Connelly/Sandra Pires.

 

Larissa and Juliana Felisberta Silva collected a SWATCH medal in their first-ever international event together in March 2004 at Fortaleza where they had to play country quota and qualifying matches to gain a berth in the Main Draw where they defeated Chinese Olympians Tian Jia and Wang Fei for the bronze medal.  Their only defeats in the tournament were to Athens Olympic finalists Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh of the United States and Brazilian rivals Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede.

 

Only May-Treanor and Walsh have stood in the way of Larissa and Juliana’s complete domination on the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.  Larissa and Juliana set a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour record for single-season earnings for both men and women teams with $409,750 in winnings in 2005 as the pair claimed six gold medals and 14 podium placements in 15 international starts.  May-Treanor and Walsh won six international starts in 2005 with four gold medal wins over Larissa and Juliana in Berlin, Paris,Salvador and Cape Town.  Larissa and Juliana posted their first-ever win over May-Treanor and Walsh in the finals of the 2005 Corona Mexico Open in Acapulco.  Entering the 2006 SWATCH season, Larissa and Juliana have earned $533,750 together in only 25 events with seven gold medal finishes and 18 podium placements.  The earning total is the fourth-best women’s career total since the start of the women’s SWATCH-FIVB World Tour in 1992.

 

The highlight of Larissa and Juliana’s first season on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour was a gold medal at the 2004 Mallorca event where the Brazilians defeated German Olympians Suzanne Lahme and Danja Musch in the finals.  While the Mallorca win was Larissa’s first, Juliana had captured a SWATCH-FIVB World Championship for players under 21 in Catania, Italy when she teamed with Taiana Lima to win the 2002 crown.

 

On the Brazilian domestic tour, Larissa and Juliana won the point’s title in 2005 after finishing second to Adriana and Shelda in 2004.  Larissa and Juliana also placed behind Adriana and Shelda on the SWATCH points standings inj 2004.  Through the first-half of the Brazilian domestic season in 2006 season, Larissa and Juliana have compiled 29-1 domestic mark in six starts.  The pair has won 14Circuito Banco do Brasil gold medal since the start of the 2005 domestic season.  In 18 domestic events since March 2005, Larissa and Juliana have an 87-5 match mark.

 

Larissa started playing Volleyball in 1997 and helped her club to capture a Brazilian title in 2000.

She switched to Beach Volleyball in 2001 and entered the rankings within six months.

from:  http://www.bvbinfo.com/player.asp?ID=5145

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Larissa França was born on April 14th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larissa_Franca

April 14, 1982

4 + 14 +1+9+8+2 = 38 = her life lesson = Arms.  Hands.  Rump.  Taking care of herself.

Queen of Cups Tarot card

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April 14, 1982

April 14

4 + 14 +2+0+1+2 = 23 = her personal year (from April 14th, 2012 to April 13th, 2013) = Athlete.  Sports.  Leadership.

King of Wands Tarot card

23 year + 7 (July) = 30 = her personal month (from July 14th, 2012 to August 13th, 2012) = Blessed.  Thankful.  Appreciative.

Four of Wands Tarot card

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