2018-05-23 16:50:00 CET
Breaking news from the beach
*BREAKING NEWS FROM THE BEACH*
The beach volleyball world was caught by surprise this Wednesday when Olympic champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt announced the end of their partnership. The Brazilians have been together for the last four and half years and have won pretty much every tournament they competed at, including the 2015 World Championships and the 2015 and 2016 World Tour Finals.
The decision comes in a moment when the team was facing probably the toughest moment of its existence as since their Olympic title, in August 2016, they had won just two gold and two bronze medals in the World Tour.
“We had amazing years together,” Alison said. “I’m really proud of what we built together, of our team being an example for many, but it came to an end now. We talked and we agreed that it’s time for us to look for new challenges. Besides of the good memories, we keep the respect, the friendship and the admiration for each other.”
Amigos e fãs, estamos encerrando a nossa parceria nas areias. Foram quatro anos e meio de muitas coisas boas, vivemos muitas alegrias, comemoramos muitos títulos e criamos uma amizade que fica para sempre. Obrigado a vocês pelo carinho que sempre tiveram com o nosso time! @redbullbr @timebrasil @bbnosesportes @oakleybr @underarmourbrasil #voleidepraia @cbvolei @fivbvolleyball
Alison and Bruno, who joined forces in 2014, won the Rio 2016 Olympics, the 2015 World Championships, the 2015 and 2016 World Tour Finals, the Brazilian Tour (2015 and 2016) and the Super Praia (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017). In the World Tour, the duo played 41 tournaments, winning 12 golds, four silvers and three bronzes.
In 2018, however, Alison and Bruno played in just three tournaments, finishing 9th in the Fort Lauderdale Major and third and 17th respectively in the four-star events in Xiamen, China, and Huntington Beach, United States, where they played together for the last time.
Their future partners are yet to be known. With the next World Tour four-star tournament happening only late June in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the Olympic champions should take some days to make their decisions.
“It’s early to say something, we’ll start from zero,” Alison added. “I’ll talk with my coaching staff and think about my future. Olympic qualification is starting soon and we need to plan well because the goal is to compete in Tokyo 2020.”
Thanks for everything, guys, and good luck on your next challenges!