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10 May 2014
Zurich, Switzerland, May 8, 2014 – Molico Osasco star middle blocker Thaisa, FIVB Women’s Club World Championship gold medallist in 2012, is an example that everybody can become a good player by hard work and big passion for volleyball.
Almost every little girl who loves volleyball knows the name Thaisa Menezes. The Brazilian national player is one of the most famous players all over the world and a lot of children look up to the 26 years old middle blocker. Thaisa has already won two gold medals at the Olympics, one gold medal at the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, three times gold at FIVB Grand Prix and a lot of individual awards; An impressive number.
However, as every volleyball player, also Thaisa had to learn the basics and to work hard as young girls in her hometown Rio de Janeiro, how the Brazilian national player tells: “I started to play volleyball thirteen years ago. When I started, I didn’t know anything about it and had to exert myself. I wanted to get better and knew that hard training would be inevitable if I wanted to reach my goal.”
Thaisa stuck to her dream of becoming a volleyball player and exercised hard every day: “I played from two till eight o’clock in the evening against a wall: Reception and smash the whole time. Some of my friends said that it was foolish, but I believed in it and worked hard for my dream.”
And the effort bore already early fruits after five months, as the middle blocker remembers: “I got the chance to play in the selection of Rio de Janeiro, which was a very important opportunity.”
Thaisa Menezes has become a big star in international volleyball over the course of time – and even more in her home nation Brazil. The 26 years old middle blocker has been on covers of magazines and on the TV. However, she knows well that this life in the public has also disadvantages: “There are a lot of photographers taking pictures of me going to the beach or shopping. It isn’t always easy, but I want to separate private and public life as far as I can. I don’t want to be famous, I want to play volleyball.”
It was a hard season for Molico Osasco. Although the Brazilian top team had an impressive winning streak during the season, they lost the final game of the South American Championship against Sesi-SP and were knocked out in the national league by the same rival. “It wasn’t easy for us, but we want to show now that we are one of the best teams in South America. This tournament is important for us to prove it.”
Playing an important paper in the game play of the own team isn’t always easy: Getting the whole attention and feel the pressure can be some of the negative consequences. “It isn’t always easy, but I think that I could learn a lot and improve myself.” This also is the best motivation for the Brazilian middle blocker, how she explains: “I want to get better and so every experience is important for me as player.”
As famous as Thaisa is for her exceptional game, she’s also known for her two tattoos: “Beijing 2008” and “London 2012” are written on her two underarms. A special story belongs “It was a hard season before the Olympic games in Beijing and I prayed that we could win this gold medal. I promised to God that I would tattoo it if we made it.” The Brazilian national player suited the action to the world after winning her first gold medal – and did the same after the second victory at the Olympics.
However, there’s also another important highlight for Thaisa Menezes this year: The FIVB Women’s World Championship in Italy. Even more after the deception from the last two times: “We reached both times only the second place.” Nevertheless, the Brazilian national player want to win this missing gold in their collection: “We will train hard during this summer. We want to be ready and take gold back to Brazil.” The 26 years old is even ready for certain sacrifices. “We will have to train hard during the FIFA Football World Championship in our country, and as consequence we won’t have a lot of time to watch the games. We want two gold medals for Brazil this summer, one in football and the other in volleyball.”
Everybody needs an idol, children even more. Thaisa is proud to be an inspiration for a lot of young girls: “It’s an amazing feeling. However, I don’t want to think too much about it, but only do my best and work hard. That’s the best example I can give.” – And the big star reveals even her idol: “I always looked up to Gustavo Endres. It was such an amazing feeling when I saw him for the first time.”
- 2014 Women’s Club tournament page http://www.fivb.org/EN/volleyball/competitions/ClubWorldChampionships/Women/2014/ - 2014 Women’s Club match schedule http://www.fivb.org/EN/volleyball/competitions/ClubWorldChampionships/Women/2014/Schedule.asp - Twitter https://twitter.com/fivbvolleyball - YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/videoFIVB
- 2014 Women’s Club tournament page http://www.fivb.org/EN/volleyball/competitions/ClubWorldChampionships/Women/2014/
- 2014 Women’s Club match schedule http://www.fivb.org/EN/volleyball/competitions/ClubWorldChampionships/Women/2014/Schedule.asp
- Twitter https://twitter.com/fivbvolleyball
- YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/videoFIVB
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