Beach volleyball players explore Toronto

Toronto, Canada, September 17, 2016 – Defending Olympic champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt of Brazil had never been on ice skates, but they decided to give it try earlier this week. After all, they are in Toronto, the home of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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“We were totally scared,” Bruno admitted. “We never do things on the ice in Brazil.”

At one point, Alison slipped and fell on the ice.

“I started to get it,” Bruno said, “but Alison should stick beach volleyball.”

They are far from the only beach volleyball players who explored Toronto while in town for the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals.

SWATCH Major Series host Kacie MacTavish took 2016 Olympic bronze medalists Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands to the top of the CN Tower, which is one of the world’s tallest free-standing structures. The players completed the EdgeWalk, doing a hands-free walk 356m (1168 feet) above the ground.

“I admit I was scared,” Brouwer said. “I am afraid of heights, but Robert seemed comfortable.”

Added Meeuwsen: “You could see everything from up there. It was a nice way to sightsee.”

Americans April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings visited Niagara Falls. 

“The natural beauty filled my heart,” Walsh Jennings said. “I hope to bring my kids one day.”

Switzerland’s Anouk Verge-Depre took a bicycle ride around Toronto Islands.

“If I lived here,” she said, “I would go there all the time to unwind.”


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