Volleyball: Sheila leaves the courts as one of the biggest names in the Brazilian sport – Radio Itatia

Volleyball: Sheila leaves the courts as one of the biggest names in the Brazilian sport - Radio Itatia
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One of the most important careers in Brazilian sporting history has come to an end. On Saturday night (09), in Dallas, United States, Sheila last starred as a professional volleyball athlete. She leaves the courts mainly with two Olympic gold medals as a hero in 2008 and 2012.

Now, the 38-year-old from Minas Gerais remains a member of the Minas Technical Committee, a role she has played since 2021.

Sheila’s last exposure as a volleyball player was not in the traditional stages of the game in the world. She was playing in the North American league, which has its own rules and brings together athletes from other countries. Nevertheless, a huge party was prepared for him, with messages from the most important names in world volleyball.

“Athlete Unlimited” is managed by Olympic Champion Jordan Larson. The competition has an unusual format. In addition to games between teams, each athlete also has an individual score, which is assessed by fundamentals during matches. In the last game of his professional life, the opposite won the game 25–15, 25–22 and 25–17, or 75–54, as it counted in the tournament.

To select teams, captains select players in a type of “draft”, the selection system used in sports in the United States.

in the history

Sheela is one of the stars of the generation that took national women’s volleyball to another level by winning two Olympics. The contrast was champions in Beijing and London, with an unforgettable performance against Russia in the quarter-finals of the 2012 edition.

Still with the Brazilian team, he also won seven Grand Prix, which is today replaced by the Nations League. The player had come to train with the cast to compete for a spot for the Tokyo Games in 2021, but was cut by Jose Roberto Guimaraes.

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Born in Belo Horizonte, Sheila began playing for Mackenzie. At just 17 years old, she moved to Minas, the club for which she won the first Superliga in her career, in 2002. In contrast the main national competition was in Rio de Janeiro in 2010/2011. Outside Brazil, she performed for Pesaro from Italy and VakifBank from Turkey.

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