London 2012

Press release

"It has been an unforgettable experience" says GB Ciara Michel at the end of her Olympic adventure

The players of Team GB took some time to thank all of their fans at the end of the match played with Japan that put an end to their Olympic campaign

London, Great Britain, August 5, 2012 – “We played our practice match against Great Britain a year ago. And we were very impressed about the improvement they have made today, especially with their spikes and attacking combinations” said Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe after the 3-0 win claimed by his players over Team GB.

“This has been a team we’ve tried to emulate over the last five years. Maybe, one day we can. I’d like to congratulate my players for winning a game at the Olympics. No one can take that away. I walk away feeling very proud of these players and looking forward to success at the European Championships” said Team GB coach Audrey Cooper.

“It’s been unforgettable” stressed Ciara Michel about her Olympic experience. “We’ve been playing against the best teams in the world. It’s been a phenomenal experience. My family and friends, including those from Australia, being here was great. We had fun and we’re still smiling. As for the remainder of the tournament, I will throw my support behind Japan. They play with such style and grace”.

“Our coach has done a phenomenal job; she has made sure that we kept going. The only wish was that we had more competitive matches, but we were restricted by our funding. USA will probably win gold, with Turkey maybe in the top three” concluded libero Maria Bertelli.

Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

27.12.2012 14:44:20
Olympic Beach Volleyball review – What to expect in Rio?
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 27, 2012 - As part of an end-of-year review series, the FIVB takes a look back at the success of beach volleyball at t... More...
26.12.2012 09:41:42
Olympic Volleyball review - Stunning finals highlight terrific tournament
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 26, 2012 - As part of an end-of-year review series, the FIVB takes a look back at the outstanding volleyball competiti... More...
20.12.2012 17:11:37
Beach volleyball voted one of the highlights of London 2012
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 20, 2012 – Beach volleyball has been named as one of the highlights of the 2012 London Olympic Games by More...
12.09.2012 18:24:41
Brink and Reckermann handling celebrity well
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 12, 2012 – With Europe’s first beach volleyball gold around their necks, Brink and Reckermann have become genuine sta... More...
28.08.2012 16:58:48
Walsh reflects on May-Treanor retirement, while her career moves ahead
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 28, 2012 – As three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh appears to have wrapped up her 2012 season, the FIVB looks back on... More...
24.08.2012 17:25:22
May-Treanor's retirement brings an end to the sport's greatest pairing
London, Great Britain, August 24, 2012 – Three weeks after the end of the London Olympics, the FIVB reflects on the amazing team of Misty May-Treanor ... More...
22.08.2012 09:57:22
Russia sets the bar high, but expect big changes from Brazil and USA, says Tom Hoff
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 22, 2012 - In a final retrospective on the London Olympics, former USA captain Tom Hoff talks about the Russian players ... More...
21.08.2012 14:57:51
Olympic beach volleyball sand distributed
London, Great Britain, August 20, 2012 - Over 4,000 tons of sand has been donated by The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) from the temporary b... More...
12.08.2012 18:31:48
Russia come from behind to win Olympic title after 32 years, Brazil and Italy get silver and bronze
London, Great Britain, August 12, 2012 – The last day of action of the men’s volleyball tournament at Earls Court provided all fans with the right cli... More...
12.08.2012 18:30:00
Brazilian legend Giba calls time on career
London, Great Britain, August 12, 2012 – Brazil captain and legend Giba has called time on his 20-year international career after the heart-breaking 3... More...