Stars of Rio: Larissa


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 26, 2016 - Already a legend for her work with Juliana Felisberta da Silva as the 2011 world champions and 2012 Olympic bronze winners, Larissa França has one gold medal that has eluded her, and she will be looking to fix that on the sands of Copacabana with Talita Antunes this August.

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An Olympic gold is the only title missing from Larissa’s long list of accomplishments, and the 34-year-old comes into the Rio 2016 Games on the back of some dominant performances on the FIVB World Tour. 

Following a disappointing ninth-place finish in the 2015 FIVB World Championships in the Netherlands, the duo won four of their final five FIVB World Tour events and capped the year with victory at the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals. Enroute to becoming the top-ranked team for the Rio Olympics, Larissa and Talita posted nine FIVB World Tour podium placements during the qualifying process. 

It will be Larissa’s third Games having placed fifth with Ana Paula Connolly at Beijing 2008 as well, and with Rio likely to be her Olympic swansong, the Fortaleza native will be all the more keen to secure success.


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