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Sandra Pires, Olympic Champion, Retires

By Luiza Moscoso, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian Olympic gold medalist, world champion, and Carioca player Sandra Pires said goodbye to her career in beach volleyball the best way possible - with victory.

The Gringo Times spoke with the Olympic champion on Tuesday, April 21st, just a few hours after she had played her last professional match, defeating the American double Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs in straight sets, 2-0, during the World Tour first stop, in Brasília.

“I was calm and didn’t concentrate on winning. I was more worried about the celebration . . .

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