US volleyball players irked by Brazil’s gold medal celebration

Celebrations and proper sportsmanship have been an issue throughout the London Olympics.

The US women’s soccer team was called out by New Zealand for its celebratory methods, and the squad drew criticism after its win over Japan. Now it’s the US complaining about the celebration methods of another country.

The US women’s volleyball team blew a lead and lost the gold medal game to Brazil on Saturday. The favored Americans thumped Brazil 25-11 in the first set, but lost the next three sets 25-17, 25-20, and 25-17.

The Brazilian players were overcome with joy and some fell to the ground after winning. They jumped around in circles, cried, and exchanged the customary handshakes and kisses with the US players. But it didn’t take long for things to get out of hand.

After the team held hands in a circle of prayer, the players lined up and did several somersaults (pictured above), even rolling into the US players who were walking off Earl’s Court.

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the celebratory songs and clapping continued in the waiting area. The Brazilian players then danced their way back onto the court to receive their medals, though to be fair, they were playing to their legions of fans in attendance. But once they, the US, and Japanese players were all lined up for their medals, the Brazilians continued to dance.

In the image below, you can see the US and Japanese players standing straight while the Brazilian players (in yellow) gyrated in the middle:

Some of the American players were irked by the Brazilians’ excessive celebration.

“A lot of them are my friends,” four-time Olympian Logan Tom said, according to FOX Sports’ Reid Forgrave. “They celebrate a little differently than Americans do. I let it slide. I did tell them, ‘Get your asses down from the podium (when the silver and bronze medals were being awarded).’ It’s just a little respect sort of thing. But like I said, it’s their culture. They celebrate how they want to celebrate. I’m all for that.”

“If we had won, maybe we wouldn’t have jumped around as much, but we would have celebrated,” Danielle Scott-Aruda told Yahoo! Sports. “But you know, it’s culture. So congratulations to them.”

Coach Hugh McCutcheon said he had no issue with the Brazilians’ celebration, saying, “If that’s the way they choose to [celebrate], I’ve got no issue with that.”

Maybe the truth is many people don’t think about whose feelings they’re hurting if they’re the ones celebrating such a tremendous accomplishment. Perhaps it’s not such a bad thing to be on the losing end. One, it teaches athletes the importance of sportsmanship. Two, it creates bitter feelings that frequently serve as future motivation.

As far as the Brazilian volleyball team’s behavior goes, there’s only one thing I know: McKayla Maroney definitely would not have been impressed. Derrick Rose wouldn’t have been, either.

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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  • SpinMax

    If you don’t like the way they celebrate…beat em

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U5MOEGUVRWGQD6ACZVZZZB6CBQ Charlie

    Bottom line, act like you’ve been there before and quit being idiots 

  • WazzuCougs

    I don’t see anywhere in this article where our volleyball team was “irked”. Sounds like the author had a problem with the celebration, not the team. It’s not very fair trying to make the players and coaches look like poor sports.

  • Wil H

    So ONE PLAYER has sort of a problem with it and its an issue? Even the coach said he had no problem with it. Are you sure this article wasnt written by Greg Wyshynski himself cause it sure stinks like that. IF youve ever had the displeasure of following the guy on Twitter you know what Im talking about. Unfunniest hack in the business

  • Val Calhoun

    This headline does NOT fit the article at ALL!  Neither the players OR the coach seem “irked” in any way.  Did Larry Brown write this headline to grab readers’ attention when there is no real story to be seen?  Shoddy journalism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/romainrib Rodrigo Mainardes Ribeiro

    People just see what they want to see.

    People like the author os this post like to criticize and always see the world through “convienient” lenses. Brazil was not just turned into the “granary” of the world. Our place in the modern capitalism is to be out of place. There is no education, health, transport, security, and it only gets worse – because it is interesting for “more powerful” nations that it remains so.I’m sorry to say, but this WILL eventually have consequences, a display like the one you saw at the olympic final match can be considered a lesser one. You might say “why should we be held responsible?”… the answer is simple. Dooming entire nations to a lesser condition is a PERVERSE kind of progress, and the “american way of life” is built upon exactly that.Some references you may enjoy: Robert Schwarz, Lukacs, Carl Marx.Those girls are some of the VERY FEW who can break through that system and still excel. A system that has americans celebrating their 103 medals; I despise them, but not because I hate USA for being great at sports. I despise them because I see no value in building your own momentum over other nations’ misery.Until those in power decide to take responsability, there will be no changes.